After eight years in Sherry casks, this stunning whisky has taken on a long silken finish that is reminiscent of the finest toffee. It successfully captures all the spices without taking on an aggressive burn or becoming musty and overly sweet. It’s a line few sherry casks have walked successfully, and this by far stands among the greats of the category! The Coastal Vintage captures an old-world charm. Its highly perfumed nose doesn’t smell anything close to the 53.7% ABV; there’s a heady rush of honey, toffee, and tobacco that enraptures the senses.
The Glenglassaugh Coastal Vintage belongs on any enthusiast’s shelf; it truly captures all the positive influences of a sherry cask without inheriting any negative influences. This whisky has been crafted and has passed through some of the finest palates in the business, it is a true masterstroke. One glass is barely enough!
Appearance: Slightly burnished gold with a bronze fade upon tilt within the glass.
Nose: Deep Toffee, Manuka Honey, caramelised brown sugar, white rose, bluebell, aged sherry, soft gingerbread spice, cedarwood, oak, white peach, vanillin, cigar box, mince pie, candied figs,
Palate: Toffee, dried apricot, leatherwood honey, French vanilla, soft pipe tobacco, gingerbread spice, raisins, latent smoke, lightly sweetened dark chocolate, earthy, oak.
Finish: Long and lingering finish, sits entirely on the mid palate and tantalises you with lingering soft spice and vanilla, eventually fading out to a fresh manuka honey.
Jake Walker, The Spirit Baron – has this to add:
Upon pouring a dram of The Glenglassaugh Coastal Vintage 2011 8-year-old Sherry Cask, one is greeted with a rich, amber hue that hints at the depth of flavours to come. On the nose, aromas of ripe fruits, including plums, cherries, and apricots, mingle with hints of oak, vanilla, and a subtle brininess that evokes memories of the sea.
The palate is equally rewarding, with a luscious, velvety texture that carries flavours of dark chocolate, dried fruits, and warm spices. The influence of the sherry casks is unmistakable, contributing layers of sweetness and complexity that is balanced by a touch of coastal saltiness. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving behind lingering notes of caramel, oak, and a gentle warmth that invites another sip.
The Glenglassaugh Coastal Vintage 2011 8-year-old Sherry Cask is a testament to the distillery’s commitment to producing whiskies of exceptional quality and character.
Through a meticulous production process and careful cask selection, this expression captures the essence of the coastal landscape and the rich, fruity flavours that have become synonymous with Glenglassaugh.
Whether enjoyed neat or with a splash of water, this whisky is sure to delight discerning whisky enthusiasts.
In 1875, businessman James Moir and coppersmith Thomas Wilson joined forces to establish The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company with the aim of constructing and managing a new distillery near Portsoy at Sandend Bay. However, after 18 years, the distillery faced a downturn in the market and was sold to Highland Distillers. Struggling with the challenging market conditions, Glenglassaugh had to close its doors in 1907 and remained inactive for 53 years. Brief re-openings occurred in the 1930s and 1960, responding to a rising demand for Scotch malt whisky.
Despite attempts to revive Glenglassaugh, the distillery faced closure again in 1986 due to difficulties in blending its unique whisky and an oversupply in the market during the 1980s whisky loch era. Considered a permanent casualty, many doubted the possibility of its reopening.
In 2006, Stuart Nickerson, former distilleries manager at William Grant & Sons, founded Stewart Galbraith Distillers Ltd, later renamed The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company in 2007. Backed by the Russian firm Scaent Group, they successfully purchased Glenglassaugh in 2008. Despite challenges such as a limited stock and mostly immature spirit, the distillery turned a profit within three years of reopening, surpassing expectations by four years. Its success was attributed to a dedicated international fan base and the innovative decision to offer immature casks of spirit to private customers.
After restoring Glenglassaugh to a thriving business and preventing its permanent closure, Scaent Group sold the distillery to The BenRiach Distillery Co. in 2013. The distillery became the third under the operation of Billy Walker’s company, alongside Benriach and Glendronach. In 2016, Brown-Forman, the producer of Jack Daniel’s, acquired Glenglassaugh along with its sister distilleries.