Speyside single malt whisky producer Glenglassaugh unveils an entirely refreshed core range with its new Coastal Malts offerings.

If you consider yourself a Scotch whisky lover but haven’t yet come across Glenglassaugh, you’re not alone. This Speyside distillery is one of the lesser-known distilleries from Scotland, mostly because it had its doors closed in 1986 and remained silent over two decades during which wasn’t producing any whisky at all. It wasn’t until 2008 that Glenglassaugh was resurrected under new ownership. This explains why you don’t really see their whiskies on retail shelves or in bars until very recently.

Glenglassaugh found itself under new owners again in 2016. Now under Brown-Forman, Glenglassaugh yet again took a different direction, moving away from a significantly sherried style of whisky.

rachel barrie glenglassaugh

Enter the new Glenglassaugh Coastal Malts core range. Released in the UK earlier last year but arrived in Singapore end of 2023, this set of three whiskies – the Glenglassaugh 12 Year Old, Glenglassaugh Sandend, and Glenglassaugh Portsoy – harkens to Glenglassaugh’s Highland roots but also draws on its coastal location for inspiration. Glenglassaugh’s whisky portfolio is likely to expand in the near future as more stocks age – or when it draws on older stocks from its earlier years – but for now these three expressions will be what defines Glenglassaugh in its new era.

“The new portfolio brings together all the key elements of Glenglassaugh’s spirit. Inspired by its truly unique coastal location, the new expressions transport us to a place where the spirit is awakened and soul invigorated, inviting us to stop, take a breath and appreciate our surroundings,” declares Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery.

“To taste Glenglassaugh single malt is to experience the coastal influence of Sandend Bay and the ancient harbour towns nearby. Shaped by the coalescence of land and sea, the senses are awakened by the imposing yet calming crash of waves and the sweet smell of gorse in the air,” she adds.

Glenglassaugh is certainly a different kind of surf and turf. And one we’re sure to love.

Glenglassaugh is distributed in Singapore by Malt & Wine Asia.

Glenglassaugh Sandend, 12YO, and Portsoy

Official Tasting Notes

Glenglassaugh 10 Years (45% ABV)

Colour Luminous gold
Nose Sweet coastal waves of ripe apricot and fig meld with toasted vanilla and tropical flora, carried on a warm ocean breeze
Palate Candied pistachio, date and sweet fig roll into waves of morello cherry and whipped cream, infused with fresh coastal air

Glenglassaugh Sandend (50.5% ABV)

Colour Summer gold
Nose Soft buttery vanilla ice-cream drenched in tropical fruit, with chocolate and a touch
of sea salt
Palate Waves of salted-caramel with an effervescent burst of pineapple, cherry and grapefruit, enlivened by the ocean shore

Glenglassaugh Portsoy (49.1% ABV)

Colour Deep amber
Nose Rich maritime waves infused with tropical fruit and sherried dark soy, rolling into port with liquorice and sea kelp
Palate Full-bodied with dark chocolate, fermented soy and charred mango with treacle and a crack of sea salt

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