Glenglassaugh 1978 / 31 Year Old / TWE 10th Anniversary

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Glenglassaugh 1978 / 31 Year Old / TWE 10th Anniversary
70cl / 44.6%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Exchange
A special edition of Glenglassaugh 1978, bottled for our Tenth Anniversary at the grand old age of 31 years old, we reckon from a refill sherry hogshead. Superb complexity on this deliciously old-fashioned dram.
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CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerThe Whisky ExchangeBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge31 Year OldBottling Date2009Chill FilteredNo
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

Colour: full gold.

Nose: starts aromatic and generous, with big notes of ‘old style club Speysider’ if you see what I mean. Very traditional old malt, reminding me a bit of some old sherried Macallans. Nice combination of touches of menthol and eucalyptus with everything ‘old style sherry’, that is to say prunes, raisins, hints of chocolate, whiffs of old wine barrel (hints at Burgundy in a certain way), blackcurrants and just a little old leather and cigars. Very, very classic.

Mouth: even more a classic that on the nose, this time more on orange marmalade and various spices such as cinnamon. Good mouth feel. It’s also a little ‘brandified’ but I doubt they added brandy to this baby at the time (did you know that some Scottish bottlers used to add cognac to their whisky casks to enhance them, a few decades ago? Not kidding!) Anyway, a very nice dram that keeps going on with more notes of coffee and liquorice.

Finish: rather long, all on bitter oranges and coffee.

Comments: as I wrote, this is really classic old style malt whisky. Good sherry balance – to sip in a gentlemen’s club with a bunch of old friends – preferably politicans. What, that’s a tad too cliché for you? As for global quality, I think it’s just a notch below the terrific Linkwood and Clynelish in the same series. SGP:551 - 90 points.

Tasting Notes by Tim F

Nose:  Richer and very forward, with a beautiful dark chocolate and christmas cake character: heady notes of mixed peel, old leather, polished wood, almost like a rancio – yes, there’s definitely strong hints of OCP (Old Church Pews) going on here.  Like an aged chocolate orange liqueur, if there ever was such a thing (and if there wasn’t, there definitely should be on this evidence).  Opens up beautifully after 10-15 minutes.  I could happily sit here and nose this all night, but the pool hall is calling.

Palate:  Big and assertive oak again, with the added sweetness (by comparison to the Linkwood) of what I’m guessing was a top, top, top quality refill sherry hogshead but again this has been bottled just in time before the wood takes over.  Treacly and very chocolatey, with more than a hint of mocha and rich marmalade.  So characterful.  Not just old, but very old-fashioned Speyside whisky (and I say that with pride).

Finish:  Immense.  The orange returns and the coffee and treacle linger for a very long time.  Epic.

Comments:  Well, this is just superb.  Again, I know I would say that - but believe me, fans of old-fashioned sherried Speysides will lap this up.  An incredibly classy whisky, with just the right balance of oak and sweetness and as much depth as you can handle.

Customer Reviews: (9 reviews)
Great whisky!! How many bottles???
- anonymous, 15th Apr '10
Excelent whisky! Just arived in Germany and drinking now. Good work TWE!
- Hans, 18th Mar '10
'Glassocher, many thanks for your kind words. Can you all please remember that everyone is entitled to our opinions and it doesn't help to get too upset by anyone else's. The first poster gives the malt 88 points and we're pretty happy with that. I'd score it higher myself, but I'm probably biased :)
- Tim F, 17th Mar '10
To the anonymous 88-pointer - you're entitled to your opinion (although you seem to be backtracking a bit). In my opinion, for the age of the malt and the rarity of this distillery, a whisky of this quality is anything but common at this price. Why would you recommend something nondescript and unspectacular to several friends, btw?
- 'Glassocher, 17th Mar '10
I find it odd that someone would call something 'typical', 'common' (which as a Glenglassaugh it certainly isn't), 'nondescript' and 'unspectacular' but then turn around and give it 88 points. Either you're being utterly disingenuous or your scoring sytem is somewhat different to my own. 88 points is typical? You must drink some pretty amazing stuff.
- anonymous, 17th Mar '10
Considering that this is less than a third of the price of the distillery bottled 30yo, I think it's one of the bargains of the year so far. OK, so no fancy decanter, btu i can live with that.
- anonymous, 17th Mar '10
Don't get me wrong - this is a good whisky, undoubtedly, and it is lovely to see Glenglassaugh bottled at this age, but I feel the praise for it by Tim F. is disproportionate. I give it a solid 88/100 and have recommended it to several friends, but I stand by my comments as above.
- anonymous, 16th Mar '10
Came on here to add my review and can't believe what I've read above - you're off your chump, mate: this stuff is awesome, pretty much exactly as described in the notes opposite. You must be off your chump or work for a rival company or something. Ignore the above, except for the 'charming' bit...this is the best Glenglassaugh from anyone in years.
- 'Glassocher, 16th Mar '10
Menthol, dark fruits and heavy oak dominate this rather typical Speyside dram. Fairly nondescript and common of the region, cask-type and age, this is still a charming, if unspectacular whisky.
- anonymous, 16th Mar '10
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