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Glenglassaugh Octaves Batch 2 released

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Coastal Highland distillery Glenglassaugh has launched the second batch of its Octaves range – peated and unpeated single malts matured in smaller octave casks.

Glenglassaugh Octaves Batch 2 Classic and Peated
Double octave: Glenglassaugh distillery is located close to Sandend Bay, near Portsoy

The two single malts, released without age statements, have been aged in octaves resized from a range of Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and amontillado Sherry and Port casks.

Typically containing about 65 litres of whisky, the smaller octave casks encourage faster maturation by allowing greater interaction between wood and spirit.

Chosen by Glenglassaugh master blender Rachel Barrie, Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic Batch 2 combines whiskies matured in Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez and amontillado Sherry octaves.

It is said to exhibit ‘waves of tropical fruit sweetness … in balance with spiced coffee and an intriguing oak nuttiness’.

Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated Batch 2 is a vatting of Bourbon, Port and oloroso Sherry octaves, showing ‘salted caramel and yellow plum sweetness … with savoury smoke and maple syrup’.

Both whiskies are bottled at 44%, naturally coloured and without chill filtration. Classic is priced at £60 for a 70cl bottle, and Peated at £65.

Situated on the Aberdeenshire coast near Portsoy, Glenglassaugh distillery was silent for 22 years until 2008 and is now owned, along with BenRiach and GlenDronach, by US spirits company Brown-Forman.

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