GLENGLASSAUGH Evolution Single Malt Scotch Whisky Miniature 50ml
95 points and a Gold Medal “This starts with a very fruity crispy and clean nose. Sweet vanilla maple syrup and custard show up. It has a bit of heather honey and fresh hay on the nose too. A fresh and floral example with well-integrated alcohol making this a very nice drink. It takes water well and is delicious with a long-lasting finish of nuts and a touch of citrus.” – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019
Glenglassaugh marked its triumphant return to the scene with a Single Malt called Revival which was met with rave reviews. As they found their footing and became more confident they followed up with Evolution – a whisky that demonstrated what a classy operation this distillery is. Matured in the finest handpicked first-fill ex-Tennessee whiskey casks Evolution’s depth of flavour is sensational. There’s a little fire in the belly from that 50% ABV alongside sweet roasted barley that mingles with pineapple pear caramelised in butter and honey crunchy green apple crème brûlée heavy on the vanilla white pepper freshly hewn oak banana and as a hint of its proximity to the sea a little salted caramel. In a word wow!
Glenglassaugh pronounced ‘Glen-glas-sah’ is one of those glorious under-the-radar whiskies. Although the buildings aren’t much to look at the distillery’s location is maybe one of the most picturesque in all of Scotland. Nestled among rolling arable hills if you walk out of the back of the distillery you find yourself at the east end of the gorse-lined Sandend Bay which feels like a private beach for whisky lovers. You’ll find the distillery just down the road from the equally beautiful Portsoy right on the border of the Deveron area of Speyside which means there’s still some debate as to whether this is a Speyside or a Highland. However we’d do away with those classifications in this case as this is a coastal Single Malt.
The distillery was opened in 1875 but its tumultuous history has seen it closed as much it was open. The stills fell silent in 1986 when it was mothballed. Luckily it was rescued and revived by The BenRiach Distillery Company and then more recently Brown-Forman who also look after Harvey Nichols’ favourites BenRiach and GlenDronach. The whiskies are made under the watchful eye of their talented Master Blender Rachel Barrie who cut her teeth at the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and two industry heavyweights: Glenmorangie and Bowmore. It’s a relatively low-key operation with only around seven people on site at peak production and there are no computers Glenglassaugh prefer to things the old-fashioned way by hand taste and experience. Although you may have found yourself unknowingly drinking Glenglassaugh over the years because it has contributed to Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark among others now is the time to revisit this incredible seaside dram.
SKU No.: 3322624
Style No.: 840480
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 50%