Glenglassaugh Revival | 46.0% | Highland
, Scotland founded: 1875 | active
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Meet #36 | 09/03/13 | Hosted by Fran
We thought it was time to tackle a couple of distilleries that no one in the club had tried before. The newly reopened Glenglassaugh distillery was up against a Berry Bros. & Rudd Miltonduff bottling.
Generally speaking, the nose was a visit to Sweetville, with a stop off at Fruittown on the way: Toffee apples, apple strudel, rhubarb, apples, grapes, maple syrup, apricots, candy floss, lemon meringue pie and cherry. On a similar theme, but turned down a notch or two, we had some stewed citrus and cider, whilst freshly cut grass, paint and the feeling a bonfire gives you tied things up nicely.
If the nose were to be summarised as sweet and fruity, then the taste has definitely moved towards sweet and savoury. Dark chocolate, lemon drizzle cake, flat Fanta, Werther's Originals, Tunes, crème caramel, salted toffee and cream are offset with (smoked) paprika, red peppercorns, Mull of Kintyre cheddar, nettles, broadleaf tree oil and an apple tree twig. Those woody tastes were later set on fire, just to see if it would work really - with some resulting embers to finish things off.
Only reopening in 2008, this rural Banffshire distillery is starting to release a few bottles..
Finish & Comments
How long this one lingered was split down the middle between medium and long, so logic dictates we'll call it medium-long. The length, and perhaps the mouthfeel, was described as 'the sting of a football hitting your thigh on a cold day'. The tastes on the finish mostly strayed towards the savoury end of the palate, with mild chili pepper, cinnamon, taco spice, salted peanuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Sherbert and melon came along to the party in the mouth, but no one could remember if they were invited - they didn't even bring a football.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
78 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 6)
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