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16 Jan 2013

Glenglassaugh 1972 (cask #2896)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenglassaugh

This cask of Glenglassaugh 1972 was selected by Andrea Caminneci, a German keeper of the Quaich and the owner of a wine & spirits importer and consultancy company.

 

Glenglassaugh 1972 #2896 for GermanyGlenglassaugh 39 yo 1972 (57,5%, OB for Germany 2012, refill butt #2896, 516 btl.)

Nose: warm and exceptionally fruity, reminding me most of early 70’s Caperdonich or 60’s Longmorn. Think tropical fruits (bananas flambéed, mango, pineapple, blood orange, clementine), lots of mirabelles, white raisins and great beehive notes (honey and wax). Vanilla cake. Almonds. A few floral notes. Traces of menthol. Rather brilliant. Mouth: punchy and utterly fruity (the same banana, mirabelles, apricots, very ripe gooseberries, citrus, even a little strawberry). Then growing spicier (pepper, cinnamon, mint) with a hint of heather honey and soft herbal notes. Very elegant, really old-style fruitiness. Finish: long, with a similar balance of spices and deep fruity notes.

The best Glenglassaugh I’ve had. This was one of my highlights of 2012, no doubt, only we didn’t discover it in time for our yearly round-up. Let’s add it right away. Around € 400. That’s a lot of money, but it’s a wonderful whisky. Still a few bottles available. Thanks Herbert.

Score: 93/100

Glenglassaugh 1972 (cask #2896) 5 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-16

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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