Glenglassaugh distillery

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Only the presence of two stainless steel washbacks (part of a 1966 refurb) alters the impression that little has changed. The new style is medium weight and very fruity with a heavy honeyed floral character. Some peated spirit is also made. 

 

  • Region
    Highland
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Glenglassaugh History

A late-Victorian distillery, Glenglassaugh was built in 1874 by local businessman James Moir and 18 years later became part of Highland Distillers. It didn’t have a huge amount of time to prove itself as a downturn in the market saw it close in 1907 and not re-open until 1960, when once again the market was showing a sharp increase.

Blenders however found it a difficult customer, one of those highly individual malts which didn’t rub along particularly well with other elements in a blend. Had the single malt market been up and running in the 1970s its story might be very different, but its sheer awkwardness meant it was deemed surplus to Highland’s requirements when the whisky loch was filling in the early 1980s and firms were rationalising their estates. When it closed in 1986, no-one thought it would ever re-open.

Amazingly however it did. In 2008, a Russian-financed firm bought the plant and restarted production. In 2013, it changed hands once again, becoming the third member of the BenRiach Distillery Co. [with Benriach and Glendronach].

Although there is obviously a massive 22-year hole in stock, releases are being cleverly balanced between occasional (very) old bottlings and incremental works in progress from the new regime. 

Timeline

  • 1874 Local businessman James Moir builds Glenglassaugh
  • 1892 The distillery is acquired by Highland Distillers
  • 1907 Glenglassaugh is mothballed
  • 1960 The distillery is completely rebuilt following around 50 years of stop-start production
  • 1986 Glenglassaugh is mothballed once more
  • 2008 The distillery is saved from silence by the Scaent Group, which bought it for £5m
  • 2009 Liquid is released from Glenglassaugh in the form of a new make and six-months-old
  • 2012 A visitors' centre is built and a young new expression, Glenglassaugh Revival, is released
  • 2013 The distillery is bought by the BenRiach Company; Glenglassaugh Evolution is launched
  • 2014 Glenglassaugh Torfa, a peated malt, is released

Glenglassaugh Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    1
  • Condenser Type i
    Vertical shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    Minimum 60hrs
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    5
  • Heat Source i
    Indirect steam
  • Malt Specification i
    Unpeated malt, specific times in the year peated above 30ppm
  • Malt Supplier i
    Crisps malt, Boort malt, Bairds malt
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Traditional
  • New-make Phenol Level i
    0ppm, not measured in peated malt
  • New-make Strength i
    69%
  • Single Malt Percentage i
    100%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    7,000
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Boil ball
  • Spirit Still Size (l) i
    12,700
  • Stills i
    2: 1 wash, 1 spirit
  • Warehousing i
    Racked
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    13,250
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Boil ball
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
    17,200
  • Washback Charge (l) i
    26,500
  • Washback Size (l) i
    43,000
  • Washback Type i
    4 wood, 2 stainless steel
  • Washbacks i
    6
  • Water Source i
    Glassaugh Spring
  • Yeast Type i
    Mauri pressed

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

  • The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company

Previous owners

  • Scaent Group 2008 - 2013
  • The Edrington Group 1999 - 2008
  • Highland Distillers 1892 - 1999
  • James Moir 1874 - 1892

Contact

Address
Glenglassaugh Distillery
Portsoy
Aberdeenshire
AB45 2SQ
United Kingdom
Website
Visit Website
Phone
+44 1261 842367
Email
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Visitor Opening Hours
Monday
10am to 4.30pm
Tuesday
10am to 4.30pm
Wednesday
10am to 4.30pm
Thursday
10am to 4.30pm
Friday
10am to 4.30pm
Saturday
10am to 4.30pm (May-Sept)
Sunday
10am to 4.30pm (May-Sept)

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See also

  • Ardmore Ardmore Ardmore Distillery & brand

    Ardmore

    A peated Highland malt.

  • Fettercairn Fettercairn Fettercairn Distillery & brand

    Fettercairn

    Aberdeenshire site in the W&M stable.

  • Glendronach Glendronach Glendronach Distillery & brand

    Glendronach

    An old-style whisky that echoes the substantial Victorian buildings in which it’s made.

  • Knockdhu Knockdhu Knockdhu Distillery & brand

    Knockdhu

    Producer of Ancnoc single malt.

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