Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenglassaugh Distillery Portsoy
Banffshire Scotland AD45 2SQ
Tel: +44 1261 842 367
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Glenglassaugh Distillery was founded in 1875 by general
store owner, James Moir who was in need of a whisky supplier.
Not only would Moir benefit from this distillery, but due
to the need for barley, local farmers would benefit as well.
Glenglassaugh Distillery is situated between the Spey and
Deveron River and near the fishing village of Portsoy. The
views seen from the distillery of Scotland’s Moray
Firth is fabulous.
Glenglassaugh was purchased by Robertson and Baxter for
£10,000 in 1892 and was then sold to Highland Distillers
the same year for a £5000 profit. The Robertson family
was responsible for the founding of Highland Distillers
back in 1887 and in 1999, Edrington acquired Highland along
with its powerful brands The Famous Grouse, The
Macallan and Highland Park. Glenglassaugh, which was
always in demand by blenders, was a big contributor to these
powerful brands as well as to Cutty
Sark and Lang's.
Glenglassaugh was seldom released as a single malt although
Highland Distillers did occasionally release it to foreign
markets. Each Glenglassaugh bottling can offer unique aromas
and flavours which include citrus, fruit, liquorice and florals.
The vintages from 1960 and 1961 have a consistent sweet and
salty distinctive taste. The result is a balance of a clear
coastal taste and a suggested flavor of sweetness.
Portsoy Fishing Village
The Glenglassaugh Distillery was mothballed in 1986. Since
Glenglassaugh single malts were not widely available, the
have become more rare and exclusive.
A powerful whisky, reminiscent of the finest rich
fruit cake with a medley of fruits and spices. Natural
cask strength, non-chillfiltered, no colour added
and bottled on site at Glenglassaugh distillery.
Colour: Deep mahogany.
Nose: Citrus and
oak dominate the nose but there is so much more:
fruity notes of fat cherries, over-ripe yams, grapes,
floral notes and sweet vanilla. There is molasses
and hickory notes too.
Palate: It is silky,
deep, rich and mellow in the mouth with loads of
marmalade, juicy dates, burnt raisins, smooth bitter
chocolate and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee notes,
mocha too. There’s a whiff of peat and fine,
Finish: A long,
fine, firm finish.
Glenglassaugh 40 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch
Whisky, awarded 96 points and “Best 35 to
40 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky” Jim
Murray’s 2010 Whisky Bible
Age: over 40 years old
Strength: 44.6% abv
Tastings Notes Courtesy
This is a very well aged Glenglassaugh. Distilled
on the 17th December 1976 and matured for 32 years
in hogshead number 2382 before bottling on the 13th
January 2009 by Signatory. A release of just 265
The Glenglassie Distillery which was founded
in 1875 produced a seaside malt. It was closed from 1907
until 1931 and then again from 1936 until 1959. Although
whisky production ceased, barley was still malted at Glenglassaugh
for use at other distilleries owned by Highland Distillers.
In 1960, Glenglassive was rebuilt and doubled the size of
its stills - which doubled production. Two washbacks were
The peat used by the distillery was found locally and the
barley was grown on an 80 acre nearby farm - which was owned
by Glenglassaugh. The water source for distillation has
always been from the River Glassaguh and for a long, the
distillery utilized the fast flow of this river for power.
The Glenglassaugh buildings are functional and unremarkable
in appearance, yet this distillery has been closed since
1986. It does not appear it will open any time in the near
future. Glenglassaugh does not offer a visitor centre.