Glenglassaugh has today (December 8) released its second critically-acclaimed batch of single cask bottlings.
Once again hand-selected by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker, there are eight phenomenal malts in this new batch which range from 42 to 36 years. All casks were bottled in September this year.
The eight single cask treasures uncovered from dark corners of the Portsoy warehouses are classic Glenglassaugh - rich, elegant, sweet Highland malts that hit the palate with complex fruit bombs – from pears to raspberry jam, from yellow plum compote to orange peel, from wild red berries to banana loaf.
The oldest, cask # 2125, 42 years old, was distilled in October 1972 and finished in a Massandra Madeira Puncheon. Bottled at 47.3% vol, this rich burnt amber veteran is sublime. On the nose, luxurious rich honey infused with allspice floods over roasted apples while, on the palate, crisp toasted oak characters contrast with Madeira poached pears, sultana syrup and a delicate warm spice.
The youngest in the batch is a 36 years old distilled in October 1978 and finished in a Port Hogshead. This burnished copper gold beauty, cask # 1118/8, was bottled at 43.6% vol. On the nose, there is a delicious harmony of wild red berries and milk chocolate with a black pepper spice and vintage leather background. The palate brings beautifully elegant red fruit preserve dusted with sweet vanilla sugar and combines perfectly with warm oak, cinnamon spice and stem ginger syrup.
Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “The BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh distillery in 2013 and we released our first batch of rare casks in April last year. The response on this first batch release was fantastic, with connoisseurs worldwide delighted to get their hands on these aged, extraordinary malts. We are therefore delighted to issue Batch 2 today which comprises another eight magnificent expressions - smooth, warm, characterful and sublime Highland whisky at its finest.”
All eight are presented in a beautiful golden box.
The batch details are:
1972 cask # 2125 / 42 years old / Massandra Madeira Puncheon / 47.3% vol
1973 cask # 1865 / 42 years old / Massandra Aleatico Hogshead / 40.5% vol
1973 cask # 761 / 41 years old / Rum Barrel / 41.1% vol
1974 cask # 1282/1 / 41 years old / Rum Barrel / 40.8% vol
1975 cask # 2180 / 40 years old / Massandra Madeira Puncheon / 43.9% vol
1975 cask # 3171 / 40 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead / 40.2% vol
1976 cask # 3170 / 39 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead / 40.3% vol
1978 cask # 1118/8 / 36 years old / Port Hogshead / 43.6% vol
All eight are available soon at your local retailer.