Glenglassaugh Revival | 46% ABV | Bottled 2012

I’m desperately trying to clear out my sampledrawer and pulled out this Glenglassaugh Revival. I’ve never really paid any attention to this distillery so I was pleased to try an unknown spirit.

The Glenglassaugh distillery was mothballed in 1986 only to be reopened in 2008 with new investors. They currently produce both peated and unpeated whisky.

The Revival was their first whisky they released from the re-opened distillery. It’s 3 years old and has spent the last 6 months getting finished in first fill ex-Oloroso casks.

Colour: Amber

Nose: Yeasty, grassy and somewhat metallic. It’s young, but the casks were quite active. I’m getting tangerine and cherry pits. Some vanilla is in there too. I’m surprised at the complex yet quite coherent nose for its age.

Palate: Some pepper and woodspice, then lots of ginger. There’s a truffle note too.

Finish: Ah, the sweetness from the Oloroso wood comes back here. Dark red fruits and some leather. The metallic note is here as well though. It’s a medium long finish.

I’m honestly surprised by this. I should pay more attention to Glenglassaugh in the future…