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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 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 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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A Càrn Mòr bottling of Glenglassaugh, distilled in December 1972, long before the distillery closed for over 20 years in 1986. During that tumultuous time for Glenglassaugh, this whisky slumbered in a...  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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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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Glenglassaugh Evolution
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This is the next stage in the history of Glenglassaugh distillery. The Evolution joins the Revival bottling, and is a cask strength, Bourbon cask matured Scotch whisky that belies its youth with an...  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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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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Part of Glenglassaugh's return, which despite changes of ownership looks set to be a triumphant one if Evolution is anything to go by.  More info
$78.53
Distilled in 1967, this is a truly sublime, incredibly rare single cask whisky from the Glenglassaugh distillery. It was aged for 41 years before bottling at natural cask strength. It comes in a...  More info
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This Glenglassaugh was distilled almost half a century ago, just after the distillery was reopened in the early sixties. Glenglassaugh has been closed and re-opened three times in its history so the...  More info
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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 Glenglassaugh is finished in an Aleatico wine cask. Aleatico is an ancient Italian red grape variety, brought to the Crimea in 1830. Aleatico accumulates sugar well making it ideal for turning...  More info
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Glenglassaugh Revival
(70cl, 46%)
This is the first chance to try whisky produced by the recently re-opened Glenglassaugh Distillery.
It was closed in 1986 but resumed production in 2008. This revival bottling is the first whisky to...  More info
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Under the new ownership of Glenglassaugh, the future looks very promising. They released this new make to give us some idea of what kind of quality to expect in the future from the distillery (whisky...  More info
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A set of three of Glenglassaugh's different new make malt spirits. This boxed set includes 20cl bottles of Clearac (regular ol' new make), Peated (smoky of course) and Fledgling XB (aged for a year in...  More info
Aged for 31 years, this Glenglassaugh was distilled on the 1st September 1979, and matured in hogshead number 1545 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd November 2010. (label on tin is slightly...  More info
$192.27
A very interesting spirit from Glenglassaugh, this is basically under-aged whisky, aged for just 6 months (the minimum ageing for whisky is three years). This gets its blush colouring from its...  More info
This was hand bottled at the Glenglassaugh distillery, and it was especially selected and released to commeorate the former manager Jim Cryle. It was a refill cask, distilled in 1974, and there were...  More info
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Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old
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An extremely rare, limited edition 40 year old whisky from Glenglassaugh. This is truly a stunning single malt, bottled in February 2009 at cask strength, with a limited outturn of just 225 bottles...  More info
A single cask bottling from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in July of 1984, matured in sherry butt number 5362 for 25 years and bottled in July of 2009. Part of an outturn of...  More info
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This is a very well aged Glenglassaugh. Distilled on the 17th December 1976 and matured for 32 years in hogshead number 2382 before bottling on the 13th January 2009 by Signatory. A release of just...  More info
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Distilled in 1986 and aged in bourbon before being bottled Gordon and MacPhail in 2000. The Glenglassaugh distillery has recently reopened.  More info
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A 21 year old from the Speyside distillery, Glenglassaugh, presented in a beautiful decanter.  More info
A cask strength 30 year old single malt from the Glenglassaugh distillery, presented in a beautiful decanter.  More info
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