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Glenglassaugh Sandend




Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend

Tasting Notes:

Non age statement; matured in bourbon, sherry, and manzanilla casks; bottled at 50.5% ABV; $70.
Honey golden in the glass, like a beautiful day at the beach. Legs are thin and clingy.
Scrumptious. Tropical fruit, stone fruit, lightly baked bread, roasted chestnuts and a touch of slightly melted butter.
Too easy to drink. Honey, drier spice, pineapple, walnut, salted butter, baked apple and a hint of oak dance together. Finish is long and warm, like the lingering heat on a sandy strip as the sun fades.
This is a stunning, non-age statement Scotch single malt. The triple cask maturation of bourbon, sherry, and manzanilla does this expression extremely well, producing a textbook example of a well balanced whisky.

Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Scotland’s Glenglassaugh distillery, which we had the chance to visit a few years back after it was acquired as part of a trio of Scottish distilleries by Brown-Forman, is one with a quiet, but very storied, history. Located just outside the Speyside region in northeast Scotland, Glenglassaugh is a coastal distillery set just adjacent to the shores of Sandend Bay. Founded in 1875 by local businessman James Moir, the distillery’s journey through history waxed and waned over the years, with long periods of closure (1907-1959, 1986-2008) in between.

Acquired in 2016 by Brown-Forman alongside sister distilleries BenRiach and GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh just this last year fully relaunched a core range of three single malt expressions under the guidance of Master Blender Rachel Barrie and Assistant Blender Kirsten Ainslie. The whisky that comes from here is aged in traditional dunnage warehouses that are influenced by the North Sea air to give what rests here a maritime influence in the tasting profile.

Of note with Glenglassaugh is the mineral rich spring water sourced from the nearby Glassaugh spring; a newer, angular glass panelled stillhouse and the sheer history of the place. All of these play their own influences into the “new” core expressions, of which I’m reviewing here today the non-age statement Sandend. This expression, taking its name from the nearby crescent beach of Sandend Bay, is matured in bourbon, sherry, and manzanilla casks.

Bottled at 50.5% ABV, Glenglassaugh Sandend is priced at $70.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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