Glenglassaugh unveils Rare Cask Batch 3

Dec 5, 2017by Owen Bellwood

Brown-Forman-owned Glenglassaugh Distillery has launched its third batch of Rare Cask whiskies, including a 50-year-old expression.

The latest collection of Rare Cask whiskies includes spirits distilled between 1965 and 1986. Glenglassaugh master blender, Rachel Barrie, said: “The eight casks bottled as Glenglassaugh’s Rare Cask Batch 3 are perfect illustrations of the distillery prior to mothballing in 1986. Aged in oak for between 30 and 50 years, each cask in the series has a unique profile shaped by decades of maturation in our coastal warehouses. The series of eight whiskies includes a 50-year-old expression, distilled in 1965, with notes of “boiled sweets, gentle floral oak, distant notes of tropical fruits” while the collection's 49-year-old expression has flavours of “red berry compote, crisp cranberry and hints of leather". The 1968 cask included in the collection has notes of “sun dried raisins and golden sultanas with a dusting of cocoa", and the 44-year-old whisky from 1972 has "dark Mediterranean fruits, gentle vanilla pod and a dusting of nutmeg" on the palate. The four youngest whiskies in the collection are the 42-year-old from 1973 with flavours of "poached yellow pears and mellow five spice", the 41-year-old with hints of “caramelised orchard fruits and cinnamon spice", the 1978 expression full of “fresh red grape and ripe gooseberry" and the 30-year-old bottling with notes of “fresh plum syrup, heather honey and gentle chocolate notes." Barrie added: "These rare casks embody the richest elements of our motto ‘Per Mare Per Terras’ and I look forward to sharing these with whisky enthusiasts everywhere.” The Glenglassaugh Rare Cask series includes vintage expressions which were discovered when the distillery reopened after it lay 'forgotten' for over 20 years. The distillery was 'unearthed' in 2008 and has since sprung into life once more, releasing new expressions as well as those from old and forgotten casks.