Glenglassaugh Distillery has relaunched its core range with three coastal single malt whiskies: 12 Year Old, Portsoy, and Sandend. The relaunch also features a new bottle design for the full portfolio.
Shaped by the influences of land and sea, the reimagined portfolio and design look to encapsulate the ethos of the vibrant coastal spirit. The overall artistic direction of the brand has evolved, taking inspiration from the rippling sand tides at Sandend Bay, with touches of color inspired by sea glass. The new whiskies have been matured in the distillery’s coastal warehouses overlooking the rolling surf of Sandend Bay.
The flagship 12 Year Old Single Malt embodies Glenglassaugh’s signature coastal style and was matured in bourbon, sherry, and red wine casks. Sandend was matured in bourbon, sherry, and manzanilla casks, while Portsoy matured in sherry, bourbon, and port casks.
Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old – Three Cask Matured: Bourbon, Sherry, Red Wine
- ABV 45%; SRP: $65
- 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.
Sandend – Three Cask Matured; Bourbon, Sherry, Manzanilla
- ABV: 50.5%, SRP $70
- 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.
Portsoy – Three Cask Matured: Sherry, Bourbon, Port
- ABV: 49.1%; SRP $75
- Nose: Rich maritime waves infused with tropical fruit and sherried dark soy, rolling into port with licorice and sea kelp.
- Palate: Full-bodied with dark chocolate, fermented soy, and charred mango with treacle and a crack of sea salt.
“The new portfolio brings together all the key elements of Glenglassaugh’s spirit,” said Master Blender Rachel Barrie. “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. To taste Glenglassaugh Single Malt is to experience the coastal influence of Sandend Bay and the ancient harbor 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.”
To celebrate this milestone, Glenglassaugh has partnered with acclaimed landscape photographer Richard Gatson, to launch a photography series which will capture the distillery’s intertwined connection to the land and sea. Richard is a Scottish travel & lifestyle photographer and co-author of Wild Guide Scotland. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.