Glenglassaugh 1973

Overall rating
87.95/100
votes
195
Whiskybase ID
WB3344
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Silver
Vintage
1973
Bottled
1998
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0458
Barcode
5010314012007
Added on
29 aug 2008 3:57 pm

Average value

€ 472.32

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195 × member ratings

299 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenglassaugh 1973

28 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.95 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting "Through the decades - 1930's to 2000's".  I bought this bottle with a black cap for 49 Euro in March, 2003.  

    To be honest, I really like this subtle and complex dram but I can fully understand that in the wrong setting (e.g., later in a line-up) this Glenglassaugh might taste rather dull and unimpressive.  So if you plan to try it - do it with a fresh nose and clean palate (...and you will be rewarded)!
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is deep copper and the texture shows slow legs and fat sticky tears (a good oiliness!). The nose is very shy first and needs quite a while to open up - but even after that it is subtle and delicate (a dram that should be enjoyed pre-dinner only and placed at the beginning of any line-up). It offers fruits (apricots, yellow plums, cranberries), toffy drops, beeswax, vanilla, wooden and malty aromas in a fine balance.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is barley sugary sweet with fruity (yellow plums, quinces, apples), floral (like an alpine meadow), herbal and slightly sour (winey) flavours, really complex and enjoyable. Water releases more flavours on the palate but turns the mouthfeel somewhat numb and flattens the anyhow shy dram further. But it is worth a try to add some drops (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is very nice: creamy and coating (just as the texture promised). The finish is short to medium on more herbal and floral notes (alpine meadow, again) without any major wood influence.

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  3. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Cappuccino with milk, dark chocolate, some smoke with peat and a lot of fruit - oranges, yellow plums, ripe bananas. That rare case when 40% is absolutely satisfied.

  4. remono scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dried fruits, vanilla, sweet white apples, apricots with spices, dust, buttery-creamy, baking notes, quite a long finish for such strength. 22.5-22-22.5-22
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Despite the degree, spices, tea leaves, bitterness from the barrel, cloves are felt. They dominate the sweet tones of dried fruits. Burning spices and in the finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. serejja scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pretty good "old school" one!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pears, yellow apples, plums, vanilla, oak, toffee, bubble gum, sweet with hints of malt. Not bad but a bit too oaky for me
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, dense, creamy. More red fruit now. Still lots of oak and vanilla
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite short. Warming and fruity, less oaky now

  8. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's more than ok, but the body is somehow wrong, thin and yet burning at 40%, that takes away some potential.
    • Nose
      Very full, lots of toffee, apricot, peach jellies, candied pear, pistachio, vanilla, white tea, a tad of orange juice
    • Taste
      Lots of honey, cognac, apricot, peach jellies, almost burning for 40%, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, candied ginger, marzipan, macadamia, grapes
    • Finish
      Grapes, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, medium length, toffee

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A typical older style of malt, this thick oily structure, full and round despite the low Abv. Balanced. Some ripe fruits and sweetness, with far away a whiff of smokiness. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very fruity, oily too. Ripe apples, vegetal, some plums. Pretty strong, full and nose for such a low Abv. Also a whiff of bonfire smoke. Warm apple pie.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smooth, with only a little tingling on the tongue. Fruity and sweet, some orange, honey, peach. Pretty thick structure,this typical old style malt, oily again. Ripe apples.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Now a bit stronger, again sweet- and fruitiness, orange, honey. Later on some tobacco. Full bodied still.

  10. sagara-kun scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Simple and correct. Too much wood, too much dilution.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of white fruit. Juicy apple, pear.
      Apricot, peach. Almond.
      Light fresh mint and camphor.
      Pepper and a little solvent.
      It's simple and deserves more power.
    • Taste
      80 80
      In the mouth it is also a little light.
      An astringent touch brings a little wrong note.
      Prune, fig, light plastic. Pot pourri.
      Engine oil. It is a beautiful 180 °.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Quite astringent finish on wood, pepper, white fruits. A little banana peel.

  11. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Too bad that it was diluted. I am sure that it would be outstanding at cask strength. So he still comes up with some great approaches. Full review (in German): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/01/06/weihnachtstasting-im-turm/

  12. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I have wanted to try this for about 1o or more years and always intended buying a bottle but never got round to it.
    This seems quite cheap at auction judging by today's standards.
    Worth a punt, much better than I was expecting :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      This has a sharp edge to it on first nosing but its all on various dark woods, coffee, ground spices, dark biscuits, cereals, a few tobacco notes, hints of smoke.
      Something farmy about this one, well actually it is hay, dried cut grass, that sort of thing.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Better than I was expecting considering it is only 40% but its fine for me.
      Good balance on show here, sherry mixing well with a little peat, some meat notes, gets a little creamy and there is quite a lot a spice with a nice mouthfeel
    • Finish
      88 88
      Decent length for the low abv and it retains its spicy side with some toffee/caramel notes coming it at the end

  15. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great nose. The taste is a bit thin and fragile at only 40% abv.
    Thanks KeesV for sharing!
    • Nose
      Berries, tobacco leafs, syrup, fudge and fruity melon - cantaloupe. Orange - cointreau, peach, figs and dates.
    • Taste
      Coffee, berries, cherries, malty and hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with honey, orange, saw dust and coffee.

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Not very complex but easy drinkable and enough punch for 40% abv
    • Nose
      Honey comb, apricots, jam, very intense, very good
    • Taste
      Sirupy, sweet, fruity, cooked fruits, apricots again, some citrus fruits, hints of old books
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, sweet and fruity

  21. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Body: light to medium. Firm and smooth.
    • Nose
      Fresh, starched linen. Sea air.
    • Taste
      Smooth, grassy. Slightly leathery and oily.
    • Finish
      Linseed.Soothing. Warming

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Nosed blind, I would have guessed at a lowland malt (Bladnoch?), given the presence of grassy notes and wet hay. There's also plenty of creamy vanilla, soft oak and ripe fruits (tropical and citrus varieties), but the grassy notes tend to dominate. It becomes sweeter and more floral with time and a drop of water. Complex and intriguing nose then, but I'm guessing not 'typical' of this distillery. Rather more simple on the palate, with a drying bitterness that isn't particularly welcome. The softer/sweeter elements struggle to be heard. There is also a hint of something more industrial/medicinal (perhaps coming from the oily texture?). The finish is disappointingly short and bitter. Starts well then, but falls apart a bit on the palate and collapses by the time of the finish. 

  24. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2003]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in February, 2003.

    [September, 2003]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in April, 2003.

    [January, 2004]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in September, 2003.

    [March, 2005]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 47,50 Euro in November, 2002.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it two times 90 and two times 87,5.  My notes state it is a subtle and delicate dram with a complex aromas profile.  Dangerously quaffable...

    Just a little link to the "experts":  Serge scored it 78 points only without providing any notes while Jim Murray gave it 95 points.  To be honest, I am rather with Jim.

  25. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 192,-€ at Whiskyauction 10/2015

  26. Cast Olila scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  27. MaltMartin scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A dissappointing Glenglassaugh.for me.
    • Nose
      It starts very fresh and grassy. Wet hay. Cucumber. Leafy. Flowery notes. Later on some mint. Hints of smoke. Needs time to develop.
    • Taste
      Light and clean. White grapes and juniper berries. Some green apples and conference pears. Misses complexity. 
    • Finish
      Medium long. Very dry. A little pepper at the background.

  28. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur



    Fantastic Glenglassaugh. Thanks, Chris!
    • Nose

      The nose is very aromatic with sweet vanilla, hints of
      banana and mirabelles (the yellow plums) and, please do not laugh, a freshly
      irond handkerchief. Pineapple cubes too. Very soft. It comes in layers. Now I
      suddenly get some nuts and coffee and mild spices. Even a tad of wood. Some
      heather. Becomes slightly floral. My, this is a rather pleasant and complex
      nose!
    • Taste


      Pretty oily on the palate. Again very fruity. Some
      citrus, now. Oranges, mandarin. Honey and caramel join in. The
      spices are a bit louder now. Licquorice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Fiery,
      despite the low ABV. A fresh touch of menthol. Quaffable, absolutely.
    • Finish


      The finish is medium long with a sweet start, but end
      in a slight bitterness.

  29. Master Quill scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    There are rumours there are more versions of this:

    Black cap (1998?) and Silver cap, but I also read about an 43% version.

    Mine was a 40% version with a black cap, and it`s the only whisky I ever nosed that had the smell of hot wet cotton (any of you who iron their own shirts should know what I`m talking about)...

  30. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Every once in a while and entirely at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Highland Distillery authorise a special limited edition of a vintage malt whisky that, to the nose of the Master Distiller, has reached the peak of perfection. This bottle contains such an exclusive vintage.

  31. Feusi scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Family silver may well be a reference, but i hope this is not the best of what has brought Glenglassaugh. Oily and pungent on the palate. The finish is in a middle length, starts with sweet honey and becomes a wooden bitterness. It`s conflicting in my mind.

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