The Whisky Tasting Club

Back in the bottle

Glenglassaugh  -pronounced Glen-glassie – today be bottled for the first time in more than 20 years as a single malt whisky.

The picturesque distillery was bought more than three years ago by a business consortium but was in a terrible condition. It had been stripped bare and looters and vandals had removed anything of value. Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent on installing whisky making equipment and rewiring the whole distillery.

But the work was carried out quickly to get spirit back on stream, some serious whisky heavyweights including Stuart Nickerson and former Glenmorangie distillery manager Graham Eunson were brought in to distil the spirit. When I visited it was a building site as teams of electricians and builders worked to complete the renovations, and it was hard to believe then that spirit would be distilled within weeks.

It’s no small commitment reopening a distillery, but it was particularly tough for the management of Glenglassaugh because there was very little remaining stock from the old days. Some was bought up and released as limited editions at 21, 30 and 40 years old, the pick of which was the very marmalade 30 year old.

since then a young malt spirit has been bottled and released, but today is the first day that Glenglassaugh has been bottled as a legal whisky.

The distillery is on the coast and has its own little beach.

On a personal note, I’m delighted to welcome another distillery back in to the fold. Congratulations to everybody involved.


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