New Portfolio of whisky from Glenglassaugh

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Coastal Inspiration for Glenglassaugh

We joined Glenglassaugh aboard Reaper, a Scottish fishing boat at the start of ACE Winches Scottish Traditional Boat Festival to launch a new portfolio and design direction.

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The new range is influenced heavily by the land, sea and the Banffshire coast.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery, said:

“The new portfolio brings together all the key elements of Glenglassaugh’s spirit. Inspired by its trulyunique coastal location, the new expressions transport us to a place where the spirit is awakened and soul invigorated, inviting us to stop, take a breath and appreciate our surroundings.”

The Glenglassaugh distillery overlooks Sandend Bay, which is the name of one of the new releases.  Sandend is matured in bourbon, sherry and manzanilla casks bringing luscious tropical fruits to the sea salt-influenced whisky.  An easy to enjoy whisky, that would be opened often I feel. (Available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and Whisky Shop)

Another release,  Portsoy, takes its name from the neighbouring harbour village and is a bolder and deeper whisky.  This one is a peated malt which has been matured in sherry, bourbon and port casks.  It’s not as peaty as an Islay, just enough smokiness to bring an umami twist to the dram.  The Portsoy fitted well into a whisky sour cocktail. (Available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and Whisky Shop.

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Last, but not least, is the release of a flagship 12-Year-Old Single Malt, a fruity and bright whisky with a fruity palate.  Think figs, dates and apricots. (Available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and Whisky Shop)

Later this year the portfolio will welcome several releases dating back to the 60s and 70s, honouring Glenglassaugh’s heritage expressions, and revisiting a time which helped to shape today’s distinctive Highland coastal malt.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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