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Glenglassaugh whiskies and Glendronach Single Cask Reviews

By Miguel in Tasting , Glendronach , Glenglassaugh

I keep with my review of the malt whiskies that I tasted at The Whisky Show. I visited the stand that runs Glenglassaugh, Benriach and Glendronach. With so little time to taste I decided to really skip the Benriach whiskies as I have around 12 samples at home waiting to be tasted. So straight to Glenglassaugh.


I have mixed feelings with Glenglassaugh they are at the same time responsible of one of the best whiskies I have had and one that was quite bad. So after tasting Revival I really wanted to have a taste at Evolution.

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WTF 004: The Older, the Better, right?

By Miguel in Tasting , Kilchoman , North British , Glengoyne , Glenglassaugh , Glenrothes

Hello friends,

Welcome to another blind tasting session with lots of interesting surprises. Three really old whiskies followed by two new whiskies introduced recently. This is exactly the other way round I like to do tastings but surprisingly I was shockingly impressed with the little ones.


So, in case you missed it, WFT Tasting sessions ( like this and this one ) is just a way to force myself into tasting stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise… I love young peated whiskies, mid age sherried monsters and those lovely very old bourbon cask matured whiskies. So I tend to taste more of this stuff and less of other proposal that are quite interesting but go under my radar.

Soooo, worry no more. I just introduced my hand blindly on the samples’ box and grabbed four or five random, and I mean random!, samples of whisky, bourbon, rum, vodka… Life is like a chocolate box, you never know what you are gonna get.

So, the whiskies…

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TWE Whisky Show 2012: What I couldn't taste [Part 4]

By Miguel in Laphroaig , Cooley , Chivas , Johnnie Walker , The Macallan , Dewar , Penderyn , Bunnahabhain , Compass Box , Monkey Shoulder , Glenfiddich , The Balvenie , Kilchoman , Highland Park , Bowmore , Yoichi , Nikka , Suntory , Balblair , Redbreast , Glenfarclas , Connemara , Ichiro , Rosebank , Benriach , Glendronach , Old Pulteney , Dalmore , Glen Garioch , Big Peat , Glenglassaugh , Glenrothes , Maker's Mark , Hibiki , Four Roses , Glencadam , Wemyss , Douglas Laing

This post continue from TWE Whisky Show [Part 3]

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2012 took place at October 6th and 7th and although it has been a great experience it has been a short one. With over 450 whiskies to taste and just barely six hours ahead it was impossible to taste them all.

What I couldn’t taste

This post is just a set of photos of what I couldn’t taste. Sorry, people… I can write about this because I get sad… so great stuff that I had to skip… *sniff*

I visited Compass Box stand for saying hi to Chris and I take a few photos with the people on the show.

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Tasting of Glenglassaugh 26 years old

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenglassaugh

“On the edge of greatness! Very good whisky with that floral character that only Glenglassaugh portrait.”

Glenglassaugh 26 year
A long-aged official Glenglassaugh 26 years old, added to the Glenglassaugh distillery's range in Spring 2010.

This bottle is a part of a range of very old scotch whiskies that Glenglassaugh has released after their reopening. Very nice whiskies if you ask me.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. candies, floral, spices, wood. Very shy! So hard to get what it is going on inside the glass...

Palate (90): smooth, powerful. candies, spices, vanilla, floral, citrus, wood.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, some floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh 26 year with 89 points over 100.

Review of Glenglassaugh Revival

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenglassaugh

“Promising whisky from Glenglassaugh. Looking forward to see what a few years more can do on this one.”

Glenglassaugh Revival
The Glenglassaugh Distillery was mothballed from 1986 until 2008 and this the first whisky to be made from spirit distilled at the distillery since it reopened.

It was matured in a mixture of first and refill bourbon casks before a final 6 months finishing in first fill oloroso sherry butts.

It already shows the character that made this distillery so nice but in my opinion it needs yet a few years more on the cask.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (81): more than average. floral, honey, meat stock, spices. A bit newmake-like for my taste... erm... my nose.

Palate (83): smooth. honey, nuts, floral wood, spices, cocoa. A bit young, it still needs to round itself.

Finish (83): longer than average. honey, floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh Revival with 82 points over 100.

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Thanks to Stuart Nickerson, Managing director of Glenglassaugh distillery for this nice sample of Glenglassaugh Revival.

Glenglassaugh 32 years old 1976 Cask Strength by Signatory Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Glenglassaugh

“Mindblowing! Out of this world nose and taste. I never thought anything can taste so good. Must-have!”

Glenglassaugh 32 year 1976 Signatory
This is a very well aged Glenglassaugh. Distilled on the 17th December 1976 and matured for 32 years in hogshead number 2382 before bottling on the 13th January 2009 by Signatory. A release of just 265 bottles.

This single malt whisky is so good that I paid twice what it was worth for it. Lovely.

After being mothballed for several years, Glenglassaugh is distilling again and have just released their Revival single malt at 3 years old.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (95): powerful. peaches, honey, dried figs, wood, vanilla, spices, apples.

Palate (96): oily, powerful. peaches, wood, smoke, sweet, honey, floral, citrus, vanilla.

Finish (92): very long. sweet, honey, citrus, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh 32 year 1976 Signatory with 94 points over 100.