Glenglassaugh Highland Whisky Distillery
This whisky distillery originally established in 1875 at Craig Mills’s farm in Port Soy, Banffshire is unique in several ways as it is now owned by a power company (Scaent Group) and also it has been silent for half its life.
The initial founders Glenglassaugh Distillery Co. operated this whisky distillery until 1892 when it was taken over by Highland Distillers Co. who in turn only continued production until 1907. At this time the distillery fell silient. In 1931 it reopened and produced single malt whisky for a short space of five years. Remaining closed until 1960, when surprisingly it was completely refurbished, re-equipped and reopened. It went on producing until 1986 when again it was forced to close. (The licence to distill single malt whisky was returned in 1992 and everyone thought that Glenglassaugh was gone for ever.)
In the year 2008 it was purchased by the above mentioned Scaent Group whose managing director Stuart Nickerson assisted by Graham Eunson (formally employed by Glenmorangie) set about to bring this whisky distillery back to life in dramatic fashion. Immediately they were able to release some of the older stock they had taken over when they purchased the site. These bottlings partly because of their long age were very successful winning gold medals and this gave the distillery time to produce new stock.
In the past all the production from this distillery had been used for blending the Famous Grouse, Langs and Cutty Sark. Now however releases of new spirit from distillation in March 2009 called “The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak its Name” have been very successful. This distillation matured in wine casks for six months has a pinkish tinge.
It is indeed remarkable that Scaent Group through significant investment and hard work have been able to rejuvenate this once closed distillery and indeed they have been so successful that others are now attempting to copy their products. All single malt whisky connoisseurs should be strongly tempted to taste this 21st century single malt whisky from the highlands of Scotland.
Taste: Sweet, Fruity with strong hints of Sherry