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Glenglassaugh

The stills of the Glenglassaugh distillery fell silent in November of 1986. Following the closure, a handful of official bottlings have been released. In 2008, the Dutch-based Scaent Group acquired the distillery for £5 million and reopened it in November of that year. The Glenglassaugh distillery sits on a hillside in the Glassaugh Glen in close proximity to the sea.

The distillery was founded in 1875 by the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company and the build cost £10,000. In 1887, refurbishments were carried out on the site, under the control of Alexander Morrison; stills were installed and equipment was modernized. Five years later, former customers Robertson and Baxter acquired the distillery and promptly resold it to the Highland Distilleries Company for £15,000. Between 1908 and 1960 the Glenglassaugh whisky distillery was only in operation very briefly, for it closed and reopened frequently.

Just before reopening in 1960, an extensive rebuild was carried out and two new stills were installed; these were significantly larger than the previous stills and consequently doubled the total annual capacity to one million litres. During this time the onsite maltings were shut down and from then on Tamdhu Distillery provided the malt. Over the years Glenglassaugh whisky has been a constituent of many blends including the popular Famous Grouse and the American favourite, Cutty Sark. Today there are a few official house bottlings and a handful of independent releases.

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About Glenglassaugh Whisky Distillery

Distillery Capacity

1 000 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1875

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Glenglassaugh Distillery Co (Scaent Group)

Distillery Address

Near Portsoy, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.glenglassaugh.com

1873

– The distillery is founded by Glenglassaugh Distillery Company. The total cost is £10,000.

1887

Alexander Morrison embarks on renovation work including new stills and other equipment.

1892

Alexander Morrison, the sole survivor of the original founders, sells the distillery to one of his customers, Robertson & Baxter. They in turn sell it on to Highland Distilleries Company for £15,000.

1908

The distillery closes.

1931

The distillery reopens.

1936

The distillery closes.

1957

– Substantial reconstruction, including acquisition of new stills, takes place. Own maltings are abandoned and the malt is bought from Tamdhu Distillery instead.

1960

The distillery reopens.

1986

Glenglassaugh is mothballed in November.

2005

A 22 year old is released.

2006

Three limited editions are released - 19 years old, 38 years old and 44 years old.

2008

The Distillery is bought by the Scaent Group for £5m.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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This thirty-nine year old Glenglassaugh has been finished in ex-sherry casks to give it a richer and deeper flavour.  More info
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This thirty-nine year old Glenglassaugh has been finished in Muscat sweet wine barrels to lend it a rich chocolate and berry notes.  More info
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This Glenglassaugh has been finished in a Madeira wine cask which give the whisky flavours of dried fruit, ginger and orange.  More info
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Glenglassaugh Evolution
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A half litre bottle of fantastic Sloe liqueur made using New Make Glenglassaugh spirit, and the famous fruit of the Blackthorn tree. Very fruity with lots of tangy, crisp flavour.  More info
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This is a staggering single cask Glenglassaugh, selected by Mhairi McDonald for the Chosen Few range. It was distilled in October 1978 and aged for 33 years in a bourbon barrel. There are just 275...  More info
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Glenglassaugh Torfa
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A 33 yo (!!!) Glenglassaugh from Signatory at natural cask strength of only 44.2%. An outturn of 230 bottles.  More info
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Produced for Glenglassaugh's glorious "Aged Over 30 Years" Rare Cask Series, this is a superb old single malt which was distilled in 1972 and aged for 37 years before bottling. It comes in a beautiful...  More info
A 26 year old Glenglassaugh, this was launched in early 2010, as part of a range of well-aged whiskies from the distillery.  More info
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A trio of 20cl bottles from Glenglassaugh's stunnng Rare Cask Series. All of which are at cask strength, and they are truly mindblowing whiskies, aged for 26 years, 37 years and 43 years respectively.  More info
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