Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Glenglassaugh Distillery
Cost: £55 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
PORT WOOD FINISH
The elemental freshness of our coastal spirit is invigorated in Glenglassaugh Port Wood finish. Whilst finishing in ruby Port pipes, the oak’s open structure combines with the influence of the sea, as waves of dark fruit ebb in synchrony with fresh mint and fruit zest. For a moment, you may find yourself picking berries in a herb garden, enlivened by the sea.
Delightful aromas of brittle toffee, blueberries and a touch of garden mint. Gentle allspice adds a delicate warmth to the nose.
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.
What I say:
Sampled during our visit to Glenglassaugh distillery. Following our tour we took a short stroll to Sandend bay where a beach BBQ supper had been setup by Good Highland Food. During this we sampled each of the new Wood Finish expressions as Glenglassaugh Whisky Maker Rachel Barrie described each and its suggested pairings with the food we enjoyed.
Rose Gold (7/20), medium tears and long thin legs
Fruity, tropical fruits and rosewater, lychee, malty, sweet, vanilla, lemon and lime cheesecake and malted milk biscuits
Buttery and fruity initially, a sharp citrus zest, malty cereal barley, cherry and damson jam, woody tannins, red berries – strawberry and raspberry, rosewater, lychee, malted milk biscuits, rose and lychee cheesecake
Medium-long, jammy red fruits and key lime pie
Sweet jammy Port wood influence on tropical buttery Glenglassaugh spirit produce something rather dessert-like and special, some odd or a little out of place woody tannins creep in in places but otherwise all good.
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