Review No.96. Glenglassaugh Revival

Glenglassaugh is not a well known distillery and I have found that their whiskies are not discussed much amongst the whisky forums I peruse.  However, saying that, they have an extensive range of single malts, most of which are non age statements.  The ones that do carry an age statement 30, 40 and 50 years old.  This gap is most likely due to their closure in 1986.  The distillery was purchased by investors in 2008 and they invested money to refurbish the original equipment in order to keep the new stuff as similar to what was previously produced as possible.  Hence, this revival bottle was released to mark the re-awakening of this distillery.  This has been matured in ex-red wine and bourbon casks and then matured together in ex-sherry casks after.  This is what is usually termed as double maturation.  The revival is meant to represent a traditional highland profile with coastal elements.  Lets see.


Whisky: Glenglassaugh Revival Single Malt Whisky, 46%

Nose: Earthy, grass, floral, grapefruit rind, berries, fruit salad

Taste: Malt, grapefruit juice, black tea, dark chocolate, cherry, savoury note

Finish: Oak, grapefruit, dark chocolate, dry

Score: 2.75

Summary: Initially, I found it difficult to pick much up on the nose, it was too concentrated.  A drop of water helped open this one up.  Initially I found this quite complex on the nose but then things became more simple on taste and the finish.  There is an earthiness to this that comes out quite strong compared to other highland malts.  There is also a bitter and astringent undertone throughout which I can only describe as being similar to grapefruit.  I think 46% is quite strong for this flavour profile or for my taste however I think further oxidisation would soften the bitterness around the edges.  An interesting one this.  You can get a trio of their core range as miniatures, I am tempted to try the other two out of curiosity.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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