Glenglassaugh Revival


When Glenglassaugh was revived in 2008 after a hiatus of 22 odd years, expectations were high. The products of the old distillery were pretty much a mixed bag: some excellent, some average, some downright  awful. More so due to the lack of an official bottling and the low number of independent releases, only the connoisseurs with a larger purse had been able to familiarize themselves with the olden Glenglassaugh-style.

glenglassaugh-distilleryBut as most of the old equipment had been dismantled by the former owners  up to the point that one could easily argue that is an entirely new distillery, it’s safe to say that none of us knew what to we were dealing with.

Due to monetary concerns the world didn’t need to wait too long before the unveiling of their first creations as the the distillery even released some of the new made spirit.
In 2012, three years after the rebirth,  the Scaent group released their first spirit that could legally be called "whisky": The Glenglassaugh Revival.

glenglassaughDescription: Matured in virgin oak bourbon & red wine casks, married in a sherry cask. A red golden colour (no colour added), bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: slightly sour and floral: notes of porridge & citrus with a touch of ginger and metallic fragrances reminiscent of copper (from the new stills?)

Mouth: a light body, young and nervous on the palate. It opens with a short-lived alcoholic attack on the tongue that turns slightly sour with some notes of cheap sherry, potato schnaps and orange.

Finish: a long and lingering bitter finish featuring a bouquet of milk and vanilla, with spicy oak in the tail.


The Verdict: A promise for more, or an attempt to make a quick buck before its prime? Safe to say that I didn’t like this young whisky at all. With a variety of wood finishes the Scaent group conjured up a whisky that drew the attention of the BenRiach group who took over just a year later. Thus far I fail to observe any redeemable qualities or elements that could blossom into something beautiful. But I will surely pay a visit to her older sisters in the near future.
Score: 76

Nose: 21

Taste: 17
Finish: 18 Balance: 20
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house