This February we’re excited to announce that we’ll be delving deep into one of Scotland’s newest, oldest distilleries – GlenGlassaugh.
In our next in-depth whisky tasting, we’ll go through two of the distillery’s ‘comeback’ core lines, two limited releases, and two exceptional vintages from a previous era – a 1968 and a 1973. It’s a distillery we’ve oft flirted with, but never dedicated an entire tasting to, so we’re looking forward to showcasing this versatile highlander whose interesting history is well and truly matched by its fascinating expressions.
Founded in 1875, the distillery had a pretty customary start to life in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire. Plugging away towards the turn of the century, it was not immune to the coming downturn in Scotch whisky and the distillery – then under the ownership of Highland Distillers – was mothballed 1907/08. Apart from a brief period of activity in the ‘30s, it would remain inactive until 1960, when it went major upgrades.
However, unlike many distilleries of its ilk, the floral, fruity new make wasn’t a particularly favourite of blenders. At a time when the industry was enjoying a boom period, many other distilleries were prized by blenders above ‘Glassaugh and the age of single malts – where the distillery is at its strongest – was yet to take hold.
Once again the victim of industry downturn, the distillery was closed in 1986. While Highland Distillers (now Edrington Group) released a handful of well-aged expressions, there was little hope for a revival of the distillery until a Dutch investment group bought it – quite out of the blue – in 2008. From there the rebirth of Glenglassaugh began, progress report expressions dotted in between releases of the pre-86 stocks. In 2012 the Revival was unveiled, a whisky that has flown under-the-radar for an affordable, characterful single malt.
Their revitalisation work done, the investment group sold the distillery to the BenRiach Distilling Group (home to BenRiach and GlenDronach in 2013), which was in turn purchased by Brown-Forman in 2016.
We have never seen the diversity and amount of expressions brought into Australia from GlenGlassaugh as we’re currently treated to, so it’s a great opportunity to sit down with the distillery’s current expressions. To do so, we’ll look at whiskies crafted as part of the revitalisation, as well as those from the previous era.
Those aged whiskies will include a 1986 vintage, from the year it would eventually be closed, as well as a stunning 1973 42-Year-Old, a window into a previous era of production.
What We’ll Taste:
Glenglassaugh PX Finish
Glenglassaugh Port Finish
Glenglassaugh 1986 30-Year-Old Cask #1393 PX Second Maturation (Shelf Price $879)
Glenglassaugh 1973 42-Year-Old Cask #5638 Bourbon Cask (Shelf Price $3,999)
WHAT: GlenGlassaugh Whisky Tasting: Vintages & Rebirth
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney
WHEN: Tuesday 19 February 2019, doors open 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: $70 for members, $80 for guests
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