FRESH DUO OF GLENGLASSAUGH OCTAVES RELEASED
Glenglassaugh Distillery, standing at the edge of the beautiful Sandend Bay on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland, has released Batch 2 of its Octave cask expressions, Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Peated.
Both expressions are composed of hand-selected octaves, made to size from a range of Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and Amontillado Sherry and Port casks. The small octave cask, of around 65 litres in size, allows for greater interaction between oak wood and spirit, whilst the North Sea air passes through Glenglassaugh’s coastal warehouses in which the casks reside.
Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic Batch 2 has been carefully chosen by Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, combining Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez and Amontillado Sherry Cask Octaves. Waves of tropical fruit sweetness roll on the palate in balance with spiced coffee and an intriguing oak nuttiness. Of natural cask colour, bottled at 44% ABV and non chill filtered.
Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated Batch 2, is composed of Glenglassaugh peated malt matured in Bourbon, Port and Oloroso Sherry Cask Octaves. Salted caramel and yellow plum sweetness harmonise with savoury smoke and maple syrup, spiced by cask and sea. Also bottled at 44% ABV, of natural cask colour and non chill filtered.
Glenglassaugh Master Blender Rachel Barrie said:
“As the surf rolls in on Sandend Bay and invigorating North Sea air passes through our coastal warehouses, these two luscious malts are truly a distillation of nature’s elements. Shaped by the rich abundance of land and sea, this fresh duo of Glenglassaugh Octaves encapsulate rolling waves of flavour that intensify and evolve with each and every sip.
Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and Peated Batch 2 are jewels in this elemental distillery’s journey, which I hope you will savour to the full.”
ABOUT GLENGLASSAUGH DISTILLERY:
On the crescent beach of Sandend Bay stands Glenglassaugh Distillery, producing a luscious coastal malt, shaped by the rich abundance of land and sea, with rolling waves of flavour. A complete distillation of its natural surroundings. A whisky whose essence is distilled from the visible and invisible influences of land, sea, air and spring water. Glenglassaugh Distillery, standing on the Moray Firth coast at the edge of the beautiful Sandend Bay, lay silent and forgotten for over two decades. Its heritage stretches back to 1875 when the distillery was founded by Colonel James Moir. It was on the banks of Glassaugh stream that the distillery was built, and its name ‘Glenglassaugh’ – meaning ‘valley of the grey-green place’ – has been taken from its beautiful surroundings. Despite being mothballed for over twenty years, the distillery has a history of elegant maturation, with award-winning old vintages dating back to the 1960s, and an award winning range of boutique younger whiskies, released in the years following the distillery’s reopening in 2008. As this jewel of a coastal malt is discovered and enjoyed, it promises to become a cult, contemporary classic.
Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic Batch 2 Tasting Notes:
COLOUR: Deep amber with a burnished copper hue.
NOSE: Breathe in candied pear, mango panacotta and strawberry sherbet on a base of spiced coffee, freshly sawn wood and peanut candy crunch.
PALATE: Sip smooth velvet waves of jellied sweets and chocolate caramel followed by a burst of mango, pineapple cubes and cedar wood.
FINISH: Savour the intriguingly long finish of citrus spiced coffee, aniseed and peanut brittle.
RRP: £60 including VAT
Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated Batch 2 Tasting Notes:
COLOUR: Bright honey gold.
NOSE: An intriguing balance of sweetness and savoury smoke, spiced by the sea. Salted caramel shortbread gives way to chilli chocolate and burning driftwood.
PALATE: Sip apricot, ginger and mango salsa, becoming paprika-spiced yellow plum, layered with barbecue-smoked maple wood.
FINISH: Savour roasted nuts and spiced fruit, as lingering wood smoke carries into the salted maple syrup finish.
RRP: £65 including VAT
Scotch Whisky, 44%alc. by vol.