Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Revival
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Glenglassaugh Distillery
Cost: £37.43 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
The Revival is the first expression released from Glenglassaugh distillery after being mothballed for more than 20 years. The Glenglassaugh Revival has been matured in a balanced mix of ex-red wine and fresh bourbon casks, vatted and re-racked for double maturation in rich sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, non chill filtered and of natural colour, Revival is a stunning Highland single malt with a coastal charm.
Nose: Sweet caramel and toffee with notes of nutty sherry, milk chocolate and honey. Ripe plums, red berries and oranges. Caramelised sugar and earthy, charred oak.
Palate: Sweet, rounded and creamy. Oranges, plums, cherry and walnuts, chocolate, honey-mead, sherry and soft, spiced oak.
Finish: Medium with warming mulled-wine spices, sherry and caramel.
What I say:
Sampled during our visit to Glenglassaugh distillery. After touring the distillery we sampled a little of the new make spirit after exiting the rear of the stillhouse and as a prelude to sampling the Revival and Torfa expressions overlooking the scenic Sandend Bay.
Ruby red with copper highlights (13/20)
Sweet with dark caramelised sugars, toffee, molasses, fruity berries, bramble, blackcurrant and raspberry, cherry, orange peels, some candied and some still fresh and zesty, fig, nutty, milk chocolate
Sweet on the palate but also with a distinct creaminess, somewhere between mixed berry panna cotta and black forest gateaux with the associated chocolate notes, plums, prunes and cherries – both black and red and also some dried also, raisin, roasted hazelnuts caramelised with honey and a slightly earthy and charred oak wood
Long, red and black fruits, sweet then bitter with soft tannins and spices like clove or liquorice root
Quite complex due to the cask tinkering, but the red-wine lover in me enjoyed much of this. Unfortunately with all that fruit and wood influence from the wine and sherry casks I found it hard to find much of the original Glenglassaugh ‘DNA’ or spirit character in here…
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