Glenglassaugh 1978 / 30 Year Old

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Glenglassaugh 1978 / 30 Year Old
70cl / 49.8%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
An old-school heavily-sherried single cask Glenglassaugh with a surprisingly accomplished balance of fruit and structure and a Demerara finish to die for.
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CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesSingle Malts of ScotlandAge30 Year OldVintage1998Bottling DateOct 2008Cask Number531Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles267
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

From a hogshead, probably sherry. Colour: amber with green hues.

Nose: quite expressive, starting on notes of rum and even tequila (old anejo) as well as husk, shoe polish, dried beef and Christmas fruitcake. Then we have notes of maple syrup, hints of date brandy (arrak), old leather (horse saddle) and finally a mixture of smoked ham and liquorice. This reminds me of some Glen Mhors – an ‘anti-modern’ malt.

Mouth: much rounder than its bros, less grassy (even if these notes of old rum are still there). Candy sugar, caramelised wood (rum again), dried apples, bergamot sweets (a specialty from Nancy in Lorraine), maple syrup and then various soft spices, mostly white pepper and dried cardamom. A slight bitterness (capers?) keeps it pleasantly nervous.

Finish: medium long, back on rum and tequila. Also dried bananas, burnt sugar and roasted raisins.

Comments: once again an unusual Glenglassaugh, very Caribbean this time. And very good. SGP:551 - 88 points.

Tasting Notes by Tim F

N:  A very old-school sherry nose: concentrated with thick raisins, syrup and fruitcake, and hints of liquorice and molasses.

P:  More of the same, big Oloroso flavours with some apple and cooked pastry for good measure, plus plenty of brown sugar, a hint of mocha.

F:  Delicious apples and dark Demerara sugar.  Like a top-quality home-made toffee apple.

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