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.
“It is a very Highlands whisky. Not a big evolution from Revival. Not my favorite really”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (83): more than average. floral, honey, fruity, vanilla, apples.
Palate (84): powerful, oily. floral, honey, fruity, wood.
Finish (82): longer than average. floral, spices.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh Evolution with 83 points over 100.
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I think there is still way to go. Is it a big change from Revival? Not much really…
Glenglassaugh 30 years old
I now realice that the window to get a decent price for a great Glenglassaugh closed years ago. Good that I did my homework in time.
“Impressive. It is a real experience to see how much whisky can change in thirty years”
TODO: Check if strength is 44% or 40%
This dram has a cooper-like color.
Nose (91): more than average. floral, honey, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, wood, chocolate.
Palate (92): powerful, oily. nuts, honey, wood, spices, cinnamon, chocolate.
Finish (92): longer than average. nuts, wood.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh 30 Year Old / 44.8% / 70cl Speyside Whisky with 92 points over 100.
Delicious. Lovely. But why! oh God Why! Why must it be so expensive?! #crying
Time for serious stuff… Single Cask Glendronach. You wouldn’t believe me how many times I tried to buy one of their single casks ( the one I can buy I mean :P ) and they were always sold out and also it was quite hard to find samples of them. So when I saw them there, standing, half-full, proud, I decided that it was now or never.
Glendronach 22 years old 1990 Cask 2971 Batch 8
“Did I say that I don't like PX whiskies? Forget about it! This Glendronach is an awesome whisky. Highly recommended”
TODO: Check if strength is 50.8% or 50%
This dram has a old oak-like color.
Nose (93): more than average. nuts, wood, spices, honey, leather, citrus.
Palate (92): powerful, oily. nuts, honey, citrus, wood, oloroso, leather, cocoa.
Finish (92): longer than average. leather, cocoa.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this GlenDronach 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2971) - Batch 8 with 92 points over 100.
Glendronach 42 years old 1971 Cask 1246 Batch 8
“Although it says it is aged in PX it tastes of a good old oloroso aged single malt. Quite good”
TODO: Check if strength is 44.6% or 44%
This dram has a mahogany-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. floral, citrus, spices, wood, honey, a little chocolate.
Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, wood, spices, leather, oloroso.
Finish (91): longer than average. leather, spices.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this GlenDronach 42 Year Old 1971 (cask 1246) - Batch 8 with 90 points over 100.
Well… the Glenglassaugh 30 years old was pretty good stuff but crazy expensive #dontbuy on the other hand both Glendronach were quite good, obviously the 42 years old is beyond my pocket but the 22 years old was quite nice, even for a PX cask and definitively recommend you it.
I tasted a few week ago at last a Oloroso Single Cask Glendronach that was really fantastic. I bought one straight after the first sip.