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July 23, 2013


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Old independent Glenglassaugh

Now that the distillery’s been bought by the skilled Benriach/Glendronach folks, we should expect some novelties but let’s remember that Glenglassaugh’s been silent for many years, which means that the whiskies are either very old, or very young. A nice challenge to build bridges over time… Or simply wait? Let’s have some old ones in the meantime.

Glenglassaugh 33 yo 1979/2012 (44.2%, Signatory, Cask Strength, hogshead, cask #1548, 230 bottles)

Glenglassaugh 33 yo 1979/2012 (44.2%, Signatory, Cask Strength, hogshead, cask #1548, 230 bottles) Five stars Colour: straw. Nose: nice start on fresh butter and apple peelings, with mineral touches to go with all that (wet gravel). It’s very grassy in fact, with more and more cut lawn, fern, leaves… Also linseed oil, graphite oil, almonds… It’s austere whisky but I enjoy this style. Noses much younger than it actually is, obvious refill hogshead. How many refills? Mouth: starts both slightly thin (because of the strength?) and interestingly oily and lemony. There’s a feeling of… basil and oregano but also some oils and nuts. Pretty unusual, especially since it tends to become more herbal and a wee-tad earthy. Chartreuse? Finish: quite long, with more lemon and more bitter almonds as well. The aftertaste remains herbal. Comments: maybe that wasn’t obvious from my notes, but I enjoyed this baby a lot. It needs time but it’s extremely rewarding. SGP:461 - 90 points.

Glenglassaugh 37 yo 1974 (48.1%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, #21.28, 'Relaxing in a tropical garden', 188 bottles, +/-2012)

Glenglassaugh 37 yo 1974 (48.1%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, #21.28, 'Relaxing in a tropical garden', 188 bottles, +/-2012) Four stars and a halfColour: deep gold. Nose: a lot happening in this one! We get the same grassy and mineral notes as in the 1979 but it’s all coated with fruitier and jammier touches. In other words, a fun mixture of orange liqueurs with cough syrup and olive oil. After ten minutes, we have more juicy raisins and, indeed, dates. Lovely nose, complex and movie-esque. Meaning it changes a lot, always for the better. The olive oil never stops growing and I love olive oil. Mouth: flipside, there’s a lot of oak. But a lot of oak can also mean more oils, herbs and spices and when it’s all balanced, well, it works. So yeah, we have sawdust and a glue-ish side, but the way it unfolds on citrus fruits and jams, dried fruits, bananas, coconut (wee touches) and pineapples is rather entrancing. And again, it just wouldn’t stop improving, even the oak gets tamed after one or two minutes, which is pretty miraculous. Finish: long, spicy and jammy. It’s only in the aftertaste that the heavy oak becomes a little embarrassing, that pat isn’t too enjoyable. You have to keep sipping away s that the aftertaste never happens. Err, that would be costly… Comments: I just couldn’t go to 90+ because of the heavy oak, but with maybe 10 or 20% less woodiness, this would be an utter winner in my book. Hope the excellent new owners will manage to deal with this kind of situation. SGP:572 - 89 points.

(with thanks to Marcel)

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