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Glenglassaugh distillery releases wood finish range

DBR Staff Writer Published 07 November 2017

Brown-Forman-owned distillery Glenglassaugh has introduced a new limited-edition range that includes the brand’s first wood-finished expressions.

The wood finish range includes four styles: a Port Wood Finish, a Peated Port Wood Finish, a Pedro Ximinez Sherry Wood Finish and a Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish.

The first expression is the Port Wood Finish is claimed to be a coastal spirit which has been finished in ruby Port pipes and the oak’s open structure is said to have combined with the influence of the sea.

The whisky has pure copper color, with an aroma of brittle toffee, blueberries, with a pinch of garden mint.

It claimed to have a taste of pink grapefruit and blood orange, with slight herbal oak background leading to stewed barley.

The second expression is the Peated Port Wood Finish is claimed to have fruit and smoke flavors. As it is finished in ruby Port pies, the oak’s open structure adds waves of velvet tannins and peppered dark fruit and winter berries.

It has Rose gold color and gives an aroma of heather honey spread on fresh red fruits, while being backed by waves of sweet peat smoke. It will have a taste of wild red berry with clotted cream and is balanced by hint of black pepper surrounded by sweet campfire peat note.

The Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish is a gold colored scotch whisky which gives out creamy vanilla flavor and hints of white pepper over caramalised orchard fruit. It also has vanilla taste infused with Demerara sugar pear tarte Tatin and has been finished with cedar wood spice and sweet barley.

The Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish Scotch whisky has an antique gold color with creamy vanilla flavor toasted in oak spice flows over candy store confectionery and crisp and freshly peated barley. It has a taste of crisp oak and hinted of candied ginger, boiled sweets along with brittle toffee and is claimed to have been brought to life in Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish.

Glenglassaugh whisky maker Rachel Barrie said: “The release of Glenglassaugh’s first ever Wood Finish range marks a new chapter for this elemental distillery. As surf crashes on Sandend Bay and invigorating North Sea air passes through our warehouses, Glenglassaugh matures first in American ex bourbon casks, before changing course in either Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez or Port wood, on a voyage shaped by the sea.”

The price and the alcohol by volume (ABV) for the four whisky expressions have not been mentioned by the distillery.


Image: Glenglassaugh said the release of its first ever Wood Finish range marks a new chapter for the distillery. Photo: Courtesy of Glenglassaugh.