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Glenglassaugh Torfa

(70cl, 50%)

Glenglassaugh Torfa
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Glenglassaugh Torfa Bottling Note

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and weighs in at 20 PPM. We love to see that Glenglassaugh is back up and running again after being closed for over 20 years, and they've even got enough momentum to try new things, as this is their first peated single malt Scotch whisky!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Smoke and citrus in equal measures, with sweet spice happily sitting between the two.

Palate: Not overtly smoky. It's definitely got its coastal elements, but the fruity notes of melon, apple and yet more citrus make it a rather sweet dram, balanced by warming barley.

Finish: Smoke lasts to the end.

Overall: A good introduction to peated whisky for those looking to get a taste of smoky goodness.

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Glenglassaugh Torfa Reviews

Move over Famous Grouse, we have a new contender here.

Astoundingly young, newmake-y. I cannot believe this is being bottled and sold as a serious product, ha ha.

Absolutely zero to offer - will not bother scoring this.

Eagerly anticipating older expressions from the distillery.

11th February 2023

Great value, worth a try!

Excellent whisky at this price. Not overly smoky, great bottling strength allowing the addition of water if wanted, and no added colour. The NAS doesn't really matter to me as it doesn't have the burn of a very young whisky.
Can't see a statement about chill filtering though- a bit of an omission these days.

29th November 2022

Full of flavour with a lovely finish

Bourbon cask sweetness and just a hint of peat smoke, this is a cracking dram. NAS but bottled at a rip roaring 50% abv you get a lot of bang for your buck, especially when it is on sale. Quite a delicate nose, but full of flavour with a lovely finish. Fill your boots while it's on offer.

18th November 2022

What has happened to Torfa?

I reviewed this whisky back in December 2018. Then, I was very impressed and gave it a very positive review. However, the bottle I opened this week is nothing like the previous whisky! It's not a bad whisky - it's just not what it was. Disappointing.

10th November 2021


Smooth and warming

8th January 2021

Try It!

Cannot add or improve on what others have said. Love Islay malts, this is lighter and a great alternative.

20th November 2020

Delicious break from firm for a highland whisky.

I took a flyer. Was going to buy ANOTHER bottle of lagavulin. But I have 4 or 5 nice islays currently and wanted something I haven't tried. I loved it. It's got smoke.. sweetness.. some peat . I honestly think it's my best find this year

6th November 2019

Fantastic dram.

Had it with Steward Buchanan their ambassador along with Glendronach 12, 21, Benriach and Octave. This is my pick. Despite of 50%abv neat, no heat at all. Balance and Steward explained the difference btwn Islay peat n the Speyside peat which is a thousand years old. The peat characteristic is so fascinating. I swear I detected charred bacon and cured ham, very gentle. Simply delicious!

23rd August 2019

You will not be disappointed

I love the typical Islay peat, and this isn’t it - but it is equally enjoyable and impressive. It doesn’t have the iodine profile but rather a citrusy light peat at what I feel is a perfect ABV. It has a nice long finish. Very impressive peated expression for a revived distillery. It is definitely worth a try at its price point

8th June 2019

Good, really good

It must have been 10 summers ago when my wife and I were walking along the beach at Sandend and up a track at the east end through bright gorse through the dunes, when we heard industrial noises off to our right and saw huge plumes of white vapour shooting into the cloudless sky. It wasn't till later that I learned that this was the revival of the Glenglassaugh distillery. Since then, I've often been tempted to try one of the whiskies but haven't done so till now. I suppose I've been 'burned' all too often by over-expensive NAS peated offerings from non-Islay distilleries, most recently by the peated Tomintoul Old Ballintruin, which was very disappointing. So, once more into the fray with Torfa - but, pleased to say this is a very different beast. This is a coastal peated NAS whisky unchillfitered, natural colour at 50% - I was expecting BIG flavours and I got them. I poured my first glass, got my nose in and it was like sticking my nose into an open pack of maple-cured bacon! Then came some smoke - but smoke from a barbecue with honey-glazed ham on the rack. In the mouth, it was thick and coating and very warming as it went down. The finish was satisfying and long. This is a powerful whisky and can take water to taste but is smooth enough to take neat, if that's your preference. In my first session, I wasn't getting much of the fruitiness but I was getting the sweetness and meatiness of the dram. I look forward to more experimentation with this bottling and to exploring more offerings from this distillery, especially if they're all as good as this.

13th December 2018

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