New Glenglassaugh Batch Whisky Release Includes 50 Year Old - The Whiskey Wash

New Glenglassaugh Batch Whisky Release Includes 50 Year Old

The distillery of Glenglassaugh in Scotland, as we talked about recently, has some history behind it making Scotch whisky. It thus makes sense there would be some rather old stock sitting around in barrels waiting for the right time to be bottled. It is with that in mind a new batch of so-called rare casks have been released, including one half a century old.

Glenglassaugh Rare Casks Batch 3, according to those behind it, is said to embody “the sweet and syrupy coastal character” this distillery is known for. Each cask in this range was distilled between 1965 and 1986, providing a rare glimpse into the distillery’s history.

“The eight casks bottled as Glenglassaugh’s rare casks Batch 3 are perfect illustrations of the distillery prior to mothballing in 1986,” said Glenglassaugh Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, in a prepared statement. “Aged in oak for between 30 and 50 years, each cask in the series has a unique profile shaped by decades of maturation in our coastal warehouses.”

You’ll find more specific official information for each one off release below, including tasting notes, for your consideration.

1965 Cask #3510 / Hogshead / 50 Years Old
Colour: Rich amber.
Nose: Boiled sweets, gentle oral oak, distant notes of tropical fruits and crisp cereal.
Palate: Caramelised autumn fruits, hints of peach and mellow citrus notes. A gentle oak balance with a fresh barley background.
ABV: 40.1%

1967 Cask #1114-1 / Hogshead / 49 Years Old
Colour: Dark crimson oak.
Nose: Sour plums, rich blackcurrant, mellow coffee and dark chocolate.
Palate: Red berry compote, crisp cranberry, hints of leather and plum skin through stewed barley.
ABV: 42.7%

1968 Cask #2230 / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 47 Years Old
Colour: Golden amber.
Nose: Gentle notes of dates and blackcurrants, dark chocolate fondant and fresh black peppercorns.
Palate: Sun dried raisins and golden sultanas, a dusting of cocoa, hints of walnut loaf and delicate oak.
ABV: 46.1%

1972 Cask #1721 / Massandra Sherry / 44 Years Old
Colour: Dark amber.
Nose: Rich prunes and ripe gs, brittle toffee, white pepper and mixed peel.
Palate: Dark Mediterranean fruits, gentle vanilla pod, a dusting of nutmeg, dark chocolate and caramelised orange.
ABV: 42.4%

1973 Cask #5638 / Bourbon Barrel / 42 Years Old
Colour: Antique gold.
Nose: Roasted orchard fruits, rich vanilla pods, gentle cinnamon and stem ginger.
Palate: Poached yellow pears, mellow ve spice, hints of hazelnut and a dry cedar box background.
ABV: 40.6%

1975 Cask #1277-1 / Sauternes Hogshead / 41 Years Old
Colour: Rich gold.
Nose: Hints of wild honey, white pepper spice, yellow pear, apricot preserve and barley sugars.
Palate: Caramelised orchard fruits, warm oak, cinnamon spice, grape skin and rich sweet barley.
ABV: 50.5%

1978 Cask #2343 / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 38 Years Old
Colour: Rich polished red wood.
Nose: Gentle cedar wood, honeycomb, red summer fruits and a hint of rich marmalade.
Palate: Fresh red grape, ripe gooseberry, a dusting of muscovado sugar and delicate orange blossom.
ABV: 42.5%

1986 Cask #1393 / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 30 Years Old
Colour: Golden mahogany.
Nose: Dark chocolate, red grape, blackcurrants, black pepper and a oral oak spice. Palate: Fresh plum syrup, heather honey, gentle chocolate notes, candied ginger and soft barley sugar.
ABV: 42.6%

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