News / Scotlands Sleeping Beauty Awakens

29/05/2012 Scotlands Sleeping Beauty Awakens

Ronnie Routledge, account manager at Glenglassaugh Distillery, awakes Revival from its slumber. A Scottish ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has been awakened from a 22-year long slumber, not by a handsome prince, but by a group of private investors committed to reviving a 19th century distillery. Glenglassaugh Distillery, Scotland’s most coastal mainland distillery, has launched Revival – its first new single malt Scotch whisky in over two decades.

Glenglassaugh was mothballed in 1986 and had lain silent until it was refurbished and reopened in 2008. Revival is the first bottling of a planned range of new Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, and it enters the market at a time when the Scotch whisky industry boosted the value of its exports last year to a record £4.2bn.

Managing Director, Stuart Nickerson, who with the help of a small, dedicated local team has brought Glenglassaugh back to life, says, “As the first entirely new whisky produced at Glenglassaugh for nearly a quarter of a century, we’re very proud of the quality of this whisky. We believe that the quality is comparable to our award winning older whisky range which were distilled in the 1960’s, ‘70’s and early ‘80’s and it will become highly sought after by malt whisky enthusiasts everywhere.”

The distillery is located just outside the boundary of the Speyside region overlooking Sandend Bay by Portsoy in the north east of Scotland, making it a Highland Whisky, and was originally opened by a local entrepreneur in 1875.

Revival, which has an RRP of £35, is non-chill filtered, with no colour added. It has been matured in a mixture of new and refill casks and then enjoyed a six month marrying period in first fill ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The whisky is bottled on site at Glenglassaugh. Revival is now available from specialist whisky outlets across the UK and can also be ordered online at the distillery’s own retail shop,


Stuart continues, “We’ve already had significant interest from overseas markets for Revival with orders from Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America, which will keep our small bottling operation extremely busy. Affluent young professionals in fast growing economies are increasingly developing a taste for malt whisky, viewing the drink as a status symbol. They are constantly seeking out the new – and the best tastes– and we believe Glenglassaugh Revival will quickly feature on their ‘most wanted dram’ lists.”

Glenglassaugh Distillery is now fully operational following its refurbishment and a small visitor facility should be open within a matter of weeks. More information about the distillery’s award-winning range of aged whiskies and younger spirit drinks is available at or 01261 842367.