Sep 14, 2016

Glenglassaugh 36yo...

Glenglassaugh 36yo (41.2%): Now this is a pretty special one... A thirty-six years old whisky from Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases. It is distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2015 specially for the 20th anniversary of Whiskyauction.Com from a PX puncheon (R2053/ #2344) which yielded 314 bottles in total.

Color: Dark amber, PX, clover honey.

Nose: Old rug, thick woolen turtleneck sweater that you pull its neck in front of your nose when its freezing cold out... A bowl of ripe fruits topped with thick and dark honey: Bosc pears, honeydew, cantaloupe and damson plums. Apple compote and salted caramel filling. After allowing the glass to air for a while some bourbon aromas evolve: Toasted oak, nutmeg, ground cloves and cinnamon. Definitely noses like it is higher proof.

Palate: A thin texture of whisky covers all your taste buts immediately. Initially tart and dry with fresh blackcurrants, cask aged cider and cooked prunes. Give it a little time in the glass... And all of a sudden voilá..! Ginger and fig jam, sage honey, baked peaches, golden raisins and red plums. Incredible... Wet tobacco, hint of sulphur and that beautiful subtle dry oakiness. Like it wasn't already a magical experience just a couple drops of water add white pepper, old leather garments and Pedro Ximenez vinegar.

Finish: Medium to short. Warming... Framboise Lambic, aged balsamic vinegar and molasses.

Overall: Marvelous whisky... Right when I was thinking that the nose was not delivering exactly 36 years worth of history the palate totally knocked the ball out of the park. Everything you can wish for from an old whisky: Fruity, spicy, oaky, tart and dry. Layers and layers full of goodness... Serene, mature and definitely one to remember for a long time. Stunning cask... Thanks again to Jens Fischer for the sample and for the bottle photo.

Price: €395

93/100