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Glenglassaugh Unveils Rare Single Cask Collection

The Glenglassaugh 51 Year Old Serpentine. Image via Glenglassaugh and PR News Wire.

Glenglassaugh distillery has announced the launch of its new Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection, featuring three old and rare cask bottlings. Each release from this collection is over 48 years old, capturing the spirit of Highland whisky. The collection takes its name from the serpentine marble found in the cliffs surrounding the distillery.

The inaugural three releases in the collection include:

  1. Glenglassaugh Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection 48 Year Old (46.1% ABV), a single malt Scotch whisky distilled on May 28, 1974, and matured in an Aleatico Red wine barrique.
  2. Glenglassaugh Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection 49 Year Old (42.1% ABV), a single malt Scotch whisky distilled on November 9, 1973, and matured in a Bourbon barrel.
  3. Glenglassaugh Serpentine Coastal Cask Collection 51 Year Old (44.2% ABV), a single malt Scotch whisky distilled on October 25, 1972, and matured in an Oloroso Sherry puncheon.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery, spoke about the launch, expressing that the legacy of their most sought-after casks dates back to the 1970s. She highlighted the rarity of finding casks matured in coastal locations for such extended periods. Their warehouses overlooking Sandend Bay have safeguarded this old and rare liquid for over five decades.

The three whiskies are currently available in Singapore, with plans for global distribution in the coming spring. The respective recommended retail prices are £7,500, £8,300, and £10,600. Further releases from the collection will be announced later this year.

Glenglassaugh Distillery is a historic establishment located just outside the Speyside region in Northeast Scotland. Founded in 1875 by local businessman James Moir and his nephews, Alexander and William Morrison, it’s nestled on the picturesque Sandend Bay. The distillery, initially part of Highland Distillers, crafted small batches of whisky influenced by the land and sea. The Glenglassaugh whisky story begins at the Glassaugh spring on Durne Hill, overlooking the distillery. Unfortunately, from 1986 to 2008, the distillery sat mothballed on the Banffshire coast, 50 miles northwest of Aberdeen. Despite this period of dormancy, Glenglassaugh has managed to uphold its rich tradition of whisky distilling, emphasised by this exciting new release.

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