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17 May 2010

Glenglassaugh 1978 (TWE 10th Anniversary)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenglassaugh

Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary Another special edition bottled for the 10th Anniversary of The Whisky Exchange. It should be from a refill sherry hogshead.

In 2008, TWE bottled another 1978 Glenglassaugh under the Single Malts of Scotland label.


Glenglassaugh 1978 TWE Anniversary Glenglassaugh 31 yo 1978 (44,6%, The Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary 2009)

Nose: dry sherry and dark rum notes mixed with a delicate fruity side (blood orange, some very ripe mango, whiffs of raspberry and banana). Rather big hints of shoe polish and menthol / eucalyptus. Orangettes (chocolates with a sugared orange filling). Showing savoury, meaty notes and dried fruits (dates, prunes) if you add some water (although it’s perfectly drinkable straight). Leather. Elegant. Mouth: heavy oak and heavy sherry with hints of dark tea and bitter oranges. Some toasted bread and cinnamon. Raisins dipped in dark chocolate. Lovely coffee in the aftertaste. Long finish on liquorice, cocoa and oranges. A bit dry.

A lovely start with a polished dry sherry influence. On the palate the oak begins to show its age. Classic Speyside sherry though. Available from TWE.
Around € 145.

Score: 89/100

Glenglassaugh 1978 (TWE 10th Anniversary) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-05-17

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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