Glenglassaugh Offers Up Four New Wood Finished Scotch Whisky Expressions

Scotland’s Glenglassaugh distillery, considered part of the Speyside whisky making region, was originally established back in 1875. It produced Scotch up until 1986, when it was shuttered amongst economic concerns. It stayed silent until 2008, when it was brought under new ownership and began producing again. Now under Brown-Forman ownership, a new series of wood finished expressions have been unveiled.

The new Glenglassaugh Wood Finish Series, according to those behind it, consists of four offerings initially, with each being transferred from their original American ex-bourbon barrels into other types of casks for additional maturation for an undisclosed amount of time. These finishes include peated virgin oak wood, Pedro Ximenez sherry wood, peated port wood, and port wood.

Glenglassaugh Wood Finish Series

“The release of Glenglassaugh’s first ever Wood Finish range marks a new chapter for this elemental distillery,” said Glenglassaugh Whisky Maker Rachel Barrie in a prepared statement. “As surf crashes on Sandend Bay and invigorating North Sea air passes through our warehouses, Glenglassaugh matures first in American ex bourbon casks, before changing course in either Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez or Port wood, on a voyage shaped by the sea.”

Specifics on availability and pricing were not immediately made available, but you’ll find official tasting notes for each below.

Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish:

  • Color: Antique gold.
  • Nose:Creamy vanilla with toasted oak spice over candy store confectionery and crisp freshly peated barley.
  • Palate: Crisp oak and hints of candied ginger, boiled sweets and brittle toffee, all surrounded by the most deliciously sweet peat smoke.

Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish:

  • Color: Harvest gold.
  • Nose: Loaded with creamy vanilla and hints of white pepper over caramelised orchard fruits.
  • Palate: A dusting of vanilla-infused Demerara sugar over pear tarte Tatin, finished with a cedar wood spice and rich, sweet barley.

Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish:

  • Color: Rose gold.
  • Nose: Heather honey drizzled over a medley of fresh red fruits, all backed by intriguing waves of sweet peat smoke.
  • Palate: Delicious wild red berry compote and clotted cream balanced by a hint of cracked black pepper, surrounded by a fantastic sweet camp re peat note.

Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish:

  • Color: Pure copper.
  • Nose: Delightful aromas of brittle toffee, blueberries and a touch of garden mint. Gentle allspice adds a delicate warmth to the nose.
  • Palate: Vibrant pink grapefruit and blood orange give a fantastic fresh, zest character. A slight herbal oak background leads to stewed barley in the long, crisp finish.
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As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.