GLENGLASSAUGH MASSANDRA COLLECTION at T.B.Watson Ltd – Scotch Whisky News

An exciting new range of single cask bottlings has been launched by Glenglassaugh Distillery as a result of an exclusive deal with a world renowned Crimean winery. The Massandra Connection Single Cask Series comprises five different single malt Scotch whiskies – each of which have gained their own unique characteristics and flavour after being finished in casks previously used for maturing fine wine.

Glenglassaugh, which is based near Portsoy in Aberdeenshire, was able to acquire a very limited number of casks from Massandra, which specialises in fortified and dessert wines, in which to finish some of its oldest malt whisky. Only 1349 bottles have been produced from the five casks which were used to produce this selection.

Stuart Nickerson, managing director of Glenglassaugh Distillery, says, “Each of the casks has helped our single malt whisky to develop its own exclusive, distinctive character while still retaining the award winning qualities for which Glenglassaugh is rightly very highly regarded. This range is unique and each of the styles has its own distinct identity.

“While using ex-wine or sherry casks to finish whisky is nothing new, we believe that this is the first time that a distillery has been able to use Crimean wine casks in this process. Previously, the Massandra Winery would use their casks until physical exhaustion and this is the first time that they have allowed the casks to be used outside of the winery.

“We are very excited by the results, and we believe that there will be an incredible demand for the very limited collection of bottles that we have available. Due to the small quantity of bottles available from each cask and the anticipated demand for the product, it has been offered on an allocation basis to importers in some of our strongest markets and to a limited number of whisky merchants in the UK.”

The five casks named; Aleatico Finish, Sherry Style Finish, Muscat Finish, Red Port Style Finish and Madeira Style Finish, have their own characteristics in flavour and palate, and are of various ages.

The 33-year-old Madeira Style Finish oozes with the flavour of Madeira cake, raisins and ginger spice. Only 437 bottles with this finish have been produced.

341 bottles of the 39-year-old Aleatico Finish – described as having big, savoury meaty tones with a faint taste of treacle and chocolate – have been made. The similarly aged Sherry Style Finish is packed with luscious tropical fruits and is intensely sweet. 328 bottles have been produced.

A perfect partner for desserts, 308 bottles of the 39-year-old Muscat Finish are available. This finish has a rich taste of limes, grapes and chocolate with berries.

At 45-years-old, the Red Port Style Finish is bursting with the flavour of juicy plums, blueberries, strawberries and a hint of liquorice. Only 372 bottles of the Red Port Style Finish, have been produced.

WE HAVE ONE COMPLETE SET AVAILABLE OF THESE FANTASTIC COLLECTABLE WHISKIES. EACH BOTTLE COMES INDIVIDUALLY BOXED. (payment terms can be negociated)

PRICED AT £2,350

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