Glenglassaugh 1976 Ronnie Routledge

Overall rating
92.17/100
votes
182
Whiskybase ID
WB24668
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Chosen Few
Vintage
05.1976
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
35 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
654
Strength
49.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 aug 2011 1:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 801.33

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Whisky reviews for Glenglassaugh 1976 Ronnie Routledge

20 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.17 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A super intense malt, already in the nose.
    Super complex. Super fruity. Noticeable oak. Waxy/Honey.
    Again and again a mini tropical appeal that vanishes immediately.

    The palate reflects the nose.
    Also here super complex, fruity, oak-heavy.
    It gets (slightly) drier from sip to sip.
    The oak builds up slightly, but is caught again and again by the fruity notes.
    Again and again a short flash of tropical notes.

    Anyone who knows Glenglassaugh from the 70s will find the typical profile here.

    For me - despite its age - a very lively malt. It's really fun.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Cinammon, sweet spices, candied orange, stone fruits, tinned peaches, pineapple, papaya, sherry wood, leather, tobacco, superb sherry profile.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Huge fruitiness and complexity, well balanced, very drinkable and enjoyable, reminds me of the best Glenglassaugh I had so far (#2114) - fantastic!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Dried apricot galore, more dried fruits, plum, figs, acacia honey, toffee, candied oranges, brown sugar, hints of molasses, some exotic fruits, pineapple, passion fruit, pipe tobacco, hints of grapefruits - superb!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Oily, creamy, acacia honey, little liquorice, good sweetness, dried fruits galore, apricot, plum, figs, pineapple, cooked oranges, spices, pepper, toffee, chocolate, sherry wood, hints of ginger, hints of vanilla - delicious!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, more dried fruits, spices, fine sherry woody, vanilla, tobacco - excellent!

  4. Hemdl scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Close to perfection.
    An absolutely fantastic Glenglassaugh and definitely the best I've tasted from this distillery. Easily surpasses some older bottlings from the early 70s and shows wonderfully how a malt of this class should taste.
    No off notes, absolutely balanced and simply a pleasure for the senses.

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. bull10298 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The revived Highland distillery of Glenglassaugh has launched its new ?The
    Chosen Few? portfolio of single cask releases with a 35-year-old expression
    chosen by customer accounts manager Ronnie Routledge. Subsequent bottlings will
    be selected by other members of the Glengassaugh team. Distilled in `1976, this
    example has been matured in an ex-Sherry butt, and 654 bottles have been
    released in non-chill-filtered, un-coloured format. Initially, an aroma of
    tobacco and treacle, with sweeter and more floral note developing, plus spicy
    Sherry. Substantial on the palate, with sweet Sherry and pineapple, honey and
    spice. Oak, coconut and plain chocolate in the lengthy finish.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=saugh

     

  7. el Gato scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Killer nose. Just a bit too oak bitter for me, yet very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Stellar nose. Soo fresh. Chocoloate. Peppermint. Strawberries. Marzipane. Apricot jam. Apples. Now a little exotic actually. Herbs
    • Taste
      92 92
      Strong initially. Mouthwatering dram. Menthol Vanilla. Eucalyptus. Grapefruit. Cherry. Chocolate. Nutty. Soft spices.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish. More peppery, rather then soft spices now. Bitter oak. Yet still fresh. Grapegruit. Malty. Green tea.

  8. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    What a vibrant nose and tasty palate. Great whisky. Hesitating between 91 & 92.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Vibrant and round with lots of candied or overriped fruits. Prunes, melons, peaches, pineapples, bananas and oranges. A few dried fruits and nuts too. Leather, tobacco and spices.
    • Taste
      91 91
      More sharp and dry than you would expect from the nose. Citrusy with grapefruits and oranges. Slightly bitter. Dried fruits (dates, apricots), mint, spices and leather. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, lingering spices, drying.

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good, except for the overly sweet finish. 
    • Nose
      What a distinctive nose. It has elements of pepper and cured ham, but also walnut liqueur, orange liqueur, polished chesterfields, lilies, dates, prune, and mint. 
    • Taste
      It's soft and warm, and certainly spicy. There is an overall freshness of pineapple and mint throughout the entire taste. Yet, it has other layers of polished oak, Thibarine (Tunesian date liqueur), prune, dark chocolate and toffee.
    • Finish
      Long, but very sugar/sweet driven. It's very much on dried fruit and syrup, and a little spice (pepper and cinnamon). 

  10. Sjaunja scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Here is the link to the Whiskyauction history:

    https://www.whiskyauction.com/history/history.php?item=HM550&auction=2014-12#openModal

  11. KayMeertens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What a fantastic whisky, this one goes on my wishlist. 
    • Nose
      Prune, melon, cherry, peaches on syrup, mocha, hazelnut, toffee, pineapple and mango. With water also peach.
    • Taste
      Prune, dried apricot, cherry, bramble, hazelnut, caramel, pineapple and chocolate. With water the pineapple gets stronger.
    • Finish
      Cherry, dried apricot, pineapple and milk chocolate, bramble and toffee.

  12. Peter87 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. dicembre29 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    CURTNose: Cinnamon bun dough. Vanilla. Orange. Blueberry. Sugar cookies. Pear-heavy fruit cocktail.

    Palate: Rather sharp. Stewed fruit. Leather.

    Thoughts & Impressions: Great drinker, okay noser. Nose is just slightly less than I wanted. “Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti…”

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=138

  14. dicembre29 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    MALTMONSTER

    NOSE: Ripe cherries, melons, sweet juicy peach, bananas. Blueberries and nutmeg.

    TASTE: Winey, leather and tobacco.

    FINISH: Long and warming.

    ASSESSMENT: With all that fruit, this would be a drink to enjoy under the Sun with a few good friends, so it’s a natural to be the malt of choice for Sol (Viking Goddess of Sun).

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=138

  15. dicembre29 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Cinnamon bun dough. Vanilla. Orange, blueberry and dried cherry. Sugar cookies. Pear-heavy fruit cocktail. Peach candy. Mild cigar and old cask. Fruit leather. Very soft, faint spices.

    Palate: Rather sharp at delivery, and lacking a lot of the softer fruit notes the nose hints at. Still some tart dried orange fruits though. Some sort of stewed fruit. Leather. Somewhat tannic. Moist tobacco. Drying finish.

    Thoughts: Almost a great whisky, but certainly very, very good. I’ll never turn one of these down, but a caution…comes complete with a pretty hefty price tag. Possibly a justified expense?

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=138

  16. Sjaunja scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Glenglassaugh Blog from August 2011:

    The Chosen Few
    A first bottling of a new exclusive series of single cask bottling from Glenglassaugh Distillery titled “The Chosen Few” is now available.
    Each bottling in this series is limited edition, from a single cask of Glenglassaugh and has been chosen by a different member of the team at the distillery. Each of the ten members of the team has made their choice and over the next 3 years the selected casks will be bottled and made available for sale. The selected casks include some from the very old stock of pre 1986 while others have not yet reached the age at which we can call them whisky but they will soon.

    The first cask in the series is a 1976 sherry butt, chosen by Ronnie Routledge who is well known in the industry and beyond having previously worked with both Single Malts Direct and Gordon and Macphail. Ronnie is our customer accounts manager and is regularly active on “Friends of Glenglassaugh” on Facebook.
    The whisky is a great example of a 35 year old cask which has loads of sherry, but not overpoweringly so, to complement the expected fruit medley notes and array of spices at the end, which is typical Glenglassaugh.

    There are 654 bottles of the whisky, which is bottled in a 700ml tall round bottle and comes in a gold coloured round tube, in a similar livery to The Managers’ Legacy range. The whisky will retail in the UK at £300.00 per bottle.
    (Unfortunately due to bottling all of the cask in 700ml bottles it will not be available in USA or South Africa)
    As usual it is bottled on site, at cask strength, with no chill filtration and with no colour added.

  17. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. Titi94 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Serge V. on Whiskyfun.com (October 24, 2011):

    Colour: Deep gold.

    Nose: A rather unusual nose! Starts on all kinds of liqueurs, both herbal and ‘tropical’, with distinct notes of uberripe mangos, longans and then yellow chartreuse (no, certainly not the green one). Goes on with bananas flambéed, cured ham, Grisons meat, then dates and just faint whiffs of horse sweat and gunpowder. No, no sulphur whatsoever.

    Mouth: That’s where it all goes either bad or wrong with old whiskies, and in this case it all goes… perfectly well. Great combination of the same old liqueurs (dates, figs) with some mint, ginger, aniseed liqueur (make that quality pastis) and just a few drops of plum eau-de-vie (with a greenness – or is it marc de Bourgogne?). The whole is really potent and nervous.

    Finish: Very long, with a little more ginger and pepper. Some green tea and grape pips in the aftertaste.

    Comments: Probably a refill sherry cask. Quality is high in spite – or because – of the unexpected nervousness.

    SGP:561 - 90 points.

  19. granella2003 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A rich, sweet nose with notes of apricots in syrup, plum jam, cocoa, malt
    • Taste
      Juicy and fruity, with notes of tropical fruit, orange zest, sherried peels, chocolate raisins and wood shavings
    • Finish
      Toasty, tropical, oaky, digestive biscuits...

  20. granella2003 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The revived Highland distillery of Glenglassaugh has launched its new ‘The
    Chosen Few’ portfolio of single cask releases with a 35-year-old expression
    chosen by customer accounts manager Ronnie Routledge. Subsequent bottlings will
    be selected by other members of the Glengassaugh team. Distilled in `1976, this
    example has been matured in an ex-Sherry butt, and 654 bottles have been
    released in non-chill-filtered, un-coloured format. Initially, an aroma of
    tobacco and treacle, with sweeter and more floral note developing, plus spicy
    Sherry. Substantial on the palate, with sweet Sherry and pineapple, honey and
    spice. Oak, coconut and plain chocolate in the lengthy finish

  21. Drochaid scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Note

    Colour:

    Amber gold

    Nose:

    A nose packed with sweet barley sugar, peaches, pineapple and plums - giving way to millk chocolate, Brazil nuts, Oloroso sherry and toasty oak-spice.

    Palate:

    Soft and juicy, bursting with pineapple and mango fruit puree. Ample sherry, cocoa beans and toasted rich oak notes.

    Finish:Drying with gentle toasted oak, coconut and sherry.

    http://glenglassaugh.co.uk/onlineshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=54

  22. alectron scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      herbal at the beginning, then part fresh part cooked tropical fruits, plums, pine resin / beeswax, cinnamon, tobacco, mulch, mint, cereals, caramel ice-cream, vanilla, somewhat meaty & a bit dirty,  (92)
    • Taste
      [orange-red], dense, savoury & sweet with a slightly sour ting & sparkle to it at once, malty, tropical fruit, beautiful beeswax, milk chocolate, (93)
    • Finish
      much more beeswax now, some passionfruit, some mint, some berries, blueberries & boysenberries, tobacco, beeswax & berries stick around for minutes (93)

  23. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The first of Glenglassaugh`s Chosen Few series of single cask bottlings,

    as chosen by the distillery team. This one is the selection of Customer

    Account Manager Ronnie Routledge and has the combination of tropical

    fruit and sherry character that he loves in a whisky."
    TWE

  24. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The start of a new range from Glenglassaugh to show their favourite styles from the old casks.

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