Established in 1875, Glenglassaugh is beautifully situated on the Moray Firth near the village of Portsoy and Sandend Beach. The sea forms part of the whisky’s character indeed the distillery has its own coat of arms with waves and seabirds. Two gannets form the shape of a still.
Glenglassaugh Distillery Tours
The Revival Tour takes you through the whisky making process and the influence that Glenglassaugh’s location has on its whisky. The distillery tour includes viewing the casks in the coastal warehouses followed by dram of Revival (£5). There is an option to upgrade to an additional whisky flight to explore more of the range (add £15).
Revival is aptly named as it was the first expression released after the distillery was brought back into production. The new make whisky is matured in bourbon oak casks and red wine casks. It’s then vatted together and is then further matured in sherry casks.
Peated whiskies are more unusual in this area but Glenglassaugh devotes part of its production to producing a peated malt named Torfa. The distillery has produced other peated expressions including Octaves Peated. The was produced in smaller barrels (octaves) than normal. This means the maturing whisky is in contact with more of the wood resulting in a distinctive whisky. More and more Scottish distilleries are experimenting with this type of maturation.
Glenglassaugh Distillery is situated at the eastern end of Sandend Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand. Nearby is the old fishing port of Portsoy which has an attractive, sheltered harbour. Once a year thousands of visitors flock there for the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival to watch the boat races, browse the craft stalls and enjoy the music food and drink.
Glenglassaugh is a Highland region malt. The nearest distillery is Strathisla, a Speyside region distillery. Speyside has a concentration of distilleries including many with visitor centres including Glenfiddich and Aberlour. You could incorporate Glenglassaugh into the Aberdeenshire Whisky Tour.