Glenglassaugh 40yo Scoops another award – Scotch Whisky News



Glenglassaugh Distillery, Portsoy. 30 October 2009.


 Glenglassaugh 40yo Scoops another award.
 Jim Murray awards Glenglassaugh ‘Best 35-40yo Single Malt Scotch in latest ‘Whisky Bible’.
 Jim Murray, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010, on Glenglassaugh 40yo: “One of the great World Whiskies for 2010”

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company is delighted to announce that Glenglassaugh 40yo Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky was awarded ‘Best 35-40yo Single Malt Scotch’ in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible World Whisky Awards 2010. Jim described the Single Malt as being “One of the great World Whiskies for 2010”.

Managing Director Stuart Nickerson commented “We have always known of the quality of Glenglassaugh and it is great to see that it is now being more widely appreciated and rightly receiving top accolades by distinguished whisky experts.”

This award comes only 2 months after the Single Cask, Cask Strength 40yo Glenglassaugh was honoured with the title of ‘Best 40yo Scotch Whisky’ by the International Wine and Spirits Competition. The world’s premier independent spirits competition also awarded the 30yo Glenglassaugh with the trophy for ‘Best Cask Strength Scotch Whisky’.

Glenglassaugh also recently offered consumers the chance to buy an Octave cask (50 litres, £500) of new make spirit and a Limited Release of 8,160 individually numbered 50cl bottles of new make spirit under the title “The Spirit Drink that dare not speak its name™”, as well as “The Spirit Drink that blushes to speak its name™ “ which is new spirit matured for 6 months in Californian red wine casks both are available internationally from leading specialists at a RRP of £30 for a 50 cl bottles at 50% abv.

“All are selling very fast through our international distributors,” reports Nickerson “giving me great confidence in the future of Glenglassaugh. Perhaps purchasers of our Octave casks will find they have award-winning whisky in just a few years.”

Background/Further Information

Tasting Notes for Glenglassaugh 40yo Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Jim Murray, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010

Nose: The kind of oak that you would expect at this age – (if you are uncommonly lucky or have access to some of the most glorious-nosing ancient casks in all Scotland) – but there is so much else on the fruity font besides: grape, over-ripe yam, fat cherries. And then there is a bourbon element with molassed hickory and sweetened vanilla: wake-me I must be dreaming, on second thoughts don’t.

Taste: Pure silk on delivery. All the flavours arrive in one rich wave of consummate sweetness, a tapestry celebrating the enormity of both the fruit and the oak, yet condensed into a few inches rather than feet: plenty of soft medium roast Jamaican Blue Mountain and then at times mocha: on the fruity front there is juicy dates mulched with burnt raisin.

Balance: It is as if this malt has gone through a 40 year marrying process: the interlinking of flavours and styles is truly beyond belief. One of the great world whiskies for 2010.

About Glenglassaugh

Glenglassaugh Distillery was founded in 1875 by local entrepreneur James Moir. Seeking a steady supply of high quality Malt Whisky for his Wine and Spirits business, he built his own Distillery at the foot of the Glassaugh burn.
Purchased by Highland Distilleries in 1892, Glenglassaugh was re-built in 1960 producing continuously until 1986 when it was mothballed.
However, a change of ownership in 2008 has seen the distillery re-furbished with an investment of more than £1m, and Glenglassaugh has reopened with a distinguished distilling team, once again producing a renowned spirit.
Since reopening, Glenglassaugh has won a number of awards in its first year of operation and a variety of exciting new products have been released including the Octave and 250 Club private cask sales programmes.
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The refurbishment and reopening of the Glenglassaugh Distillery have been managed by Stuart Nickerson, a renowned whisky expert, who was the sole consultant during the acquisition. Nickerson has worked in the Scotch Whisky industry since 1981 with a significant part of his career being with William Grants, where he was Distilleries Director. Previously, he managed Highland Park Distillery, Glenrothes and Glenfiddich Distilleries in succession. He was appointed the new Managing Director of the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company in February 2008.

One of Stuart Nickerson’s first actions was the appointment of Graham Eunson as Distillery Manager, effective from 1st April 2008. Graham joined the Distillery from Glenmorangie where he was Manager of the world famous distillery for the last 12 years. Graham has also worked at Glendronach and Scapa distilleries.

Production at Glenglassaugh was restarted on 24th November 2008 by Rt Hon Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister and the distillery’s MP. Distilling was thus commenced under the guidance of Stuart Nickerson and Graham Eunson. “The Spirit Drink that dare not speak its name™” was the first product released to be made by the new management team and rapidly followed by the Octave cask and 250 Club private cask sales programmes.

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