Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

Overall rating
90.28/100
votes
440
Whiskybase ID
WB44204
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
30.10.2013
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
44.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
LG101153
Barcode
5060193841588
Added on
03 sep 2013 4:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 981.46

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Whisky reviews for Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

37 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.28 points.

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    More, please!

    A true to form old Glenglassaugh with its trademark ripe tropical fruitiness in the driver's seat.

    Tasted with Benriach 27yo 1987 cask 3825 (84), Glendronach 26yo 1992 cask 179 (89), Glendronach 26yo 1992 cask 8314 (89), and Glenallachie 31yo 1989 cask 6117 (87).
    • Nose
      Strongly tropically fruity, faintly grassy, with plain dry oak, and dry herbs. Rosin, fresh mimosa leaves, Skippers licorice pipes, chess pieces. Lovely!
    • Taste
      No bitterness here. Just this elegant sweet fruitiness, leafy notes, and licorice.
    • Finish
      Stays in the gums forever. Such a gentle giant.

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  3. whiskytornado scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nice old sherry style. The nose does not yet promise what is to come, but this sherry has a sweet, sticky, powerful body! I'm not a sherry lover but this bottling is really fun!!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
      IT: 92
      B: 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. krtek911 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 625€ at Whiskyauction in June 2022.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Strong sherry, medium complexity.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry, dried fruit, tropical fruit, dates, figs, raisins, chocolate, condensed milk, toffee, spicy. Balanced, very good intensity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sherry, dried fruit, polish, fruity, oak spice, polish. Strong sherry at the upper limit, caramel sweetness, grainy. strong acceleration, good body, good intensity.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Strong sherry, polish, cola, oak spice, citric. Medium-length finish, good aftertaste.

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    kind of an old style sherry with some banana candy notes, cinammon, orange, pretty good

  8. DASGREIF scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This Glenglassaugh is for me (so far) the reference class for 30 year old whiskys without peat. A really great distillate.

    Info on packaging (without rating):
    Unfortunately - although in a really high-quality bottle that is a bit like a flacon - one relies on the cheapest-looking outer packaging made of thin cardboard.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Dark berries and strong sherry, raisins and plum compote. Some sandalwood.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Spicy notes of oak, mango, orange and ginger with creamy toffee. Strong start, then creamy.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-long and slightly peppery with a potpourri of various dried fruits. Notes of vanilla and oak.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very elegant, round and complex. Mellow sherry, honey, spring flowers. Grated orange peel, yellow raisins. Raspberries with vanilla sauce and some fresh mint. Damp forest floor, moss, tree bark, pine cones. Old library, a trace of leather.
    • Taste
      Oily with some pepper and beeswax. Dark fruits with honey. Marzipan, a touch of nougat, creamy dark chocolate. Orange marmalade and some oak flavor.

  11. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    This is a rather wonderful stylish spirit with no harshness; the one major criticism is that the effect simply doesn't stay very strong in the finish but tails off to a very slight pleasant aftertaste
    • Nose
      tannins, fruity, dark oranges, sandalwood
    • Taste
      spicy oranges, full of flavour; not finding the ABV offputting
    • Finish
      too short, a nice mild sweetness and no bitterness; again the oranges make a resurgence

  12. Silversurfer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  14. RichardMayston did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Really near perfect, I haven't found anyone who doesn't love this. A smidgen more power would have been good, but really this is one of the greats. 
    • Nose
      A glorious complex nose. Wax, tobacco, old spices. Lots of books and crannies to sniff out. 
    • Taste
      Ginger oranges and chocolate. Roll it around, savor, then sadly let it dissolve, and trickle away. 
    • Finish
      Marmalade and oak. A beautiful afterglow. 

  15. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very subtle whisky, full flavor and yet soft.
    • Nose
      Leather and shoe polish are immediately absorbed by the smell, strong sherry tones. Raisins, spicy, cinnamon. Sweet, caramel, honey, also some cocoa.
    • Taste
      Full, firm and yet soft, subtle. Zot, caramel and honey, some chocolate and raisins too. Somewhat bitter undertone.
    • Finish
      Slightly stimulating now, quite long, somewhat bitter. wood tones. Honey, vanilla, caramel.

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  20. kot1803 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/glenglassaugh-30-yo-448-vol-ob-2013/

  22. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Top!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. Hohenthanner scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    One of the best malts I have ever had
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      100 100

  24. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  25. cuhp scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A quite nice dram with lots of complexity in the nose!
    • Nose
      Raisins, sherry, port, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, caramel, all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, bay leaves.
    • Taste
      Red apples, yellow pears, raisins, sherry, slightly bitter and not that complex.
    • Finish
      Raisins, salt, sherry, wood spices, nutmeg, all spice, orange peel, port. Dry taste.

  26. Iron Lung scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 355€ at Whiskyauction in March 2016

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    After a few months of opening the bottle it becomes more balanced and the sweetness kicks in earlier - thus, rating bumbed up a bit - very good
    • Nose
      91 91
      Reluctant peppery, oaky, a little bit of banana and some other fruits - pretty good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Pretty peppery, little oaky, with some vanilla notes, sherry notes, subtle sweetness with some fruity notes - primarily bananas, apricot, grapes - very good
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, little more woody, spicy

  29. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Official Tasting Notes:

    Nose: Rich, complex and
    full with luxurious tropical fruits of peach, mango and banana,
    complimented with sultanas, sherry and gentle oak spice.

    Palate: Sweet
    and soft with near perfect balance of fruit; mango, orange, figs and
    sweet sultanas, followed by a wave of sherry, toffee and ginger oak
    spice.

    Finish: Warm, soft and gently spiced.

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Comprising of three refill sherry casks aged 15, 30 and 32 years respectively.
    N: Yes, yes! This is beautiful and elegant.
    T: Dryish intro, some lemon, plenty of chocolate and honeyed malt. Feels like theres a loggerhead here but probably needs time to open up.
    F: Sour chocolate with some lip smacking curiosities.
    C: I didn’t have enough time with this lovely dram, but indications are its a cracker.

    Scores a [provisional] B

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a grand
    Glenglassaugh, that slept on quality sherry casks. The sherry influence is
    unmistakable, but it is quite becoming for this whisky.
    • Nose
      It is a bit of a
      fruit bomb on the nose. Loads of mango, sultanas, yellow plums, upholstered
      with pipe tobacco, some almonds and something that reminds me of shoe polish. Candied
      orange peel. Hint of cold coffee in the back. Cigar box. Very round and creamy.
      Take your time for this one. It is well worth it.
    • Taste
      Creamy on the palate.
      It immediately offers raisins and oranges, but also an explosion of spices. Nutmeg,
      cinnamon and a bit of pepper. Very nice. On the second sip, the mango and pipe
      tobacco return. Becomes slightly dry, without losing any of the fruitiness.
    • Finish
      The finish is long
      and lingering. It becomes a bit drier still, but that does not bother in the
      least.

  32. boborban scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    SergeGlenglassaugh 30 yo (44.8%, OB, 2013) The former decanter for the 30 was cubic, this one's pear shaped. Not too sure that means anything. Colour: amber. Nose: starts quieter than the 1984, with less sherry and rather more waxes and almonds. What I really enjoy is the earthy side that also comes with some tobacco (cigarettes - sorry no brand names), as well as some raisins. Well, a whole fresh-opened pack of juicy ripe sultanas! Also very nice touches of wood polish, cedar wood and maybe incense. Oh and a little herbal tea, rather around eglantine. Keeps unfolding for a long time, this one shouldn't be rushed. Mouth: excellent arrival on bitter oranges and spices (cinnamon) before it becomes quite lush and fruitier. Mangos and melons are quite obvious, sultanas too. What I like best is the balance between the fruits and the spices, it's both very fruity and very spicy, whilst I've often noticed that old malts that were becoming spicier were also losing a bit of their fruitiness. No such things here. Finish: long but with no further changes. More of the same. Just the aftertaste is maybe a notch too tannic. Comments: this baby really benefited from some breathing. It's (even) better than when I previewed it. Plain 90 material in my book.

  33. magic_slim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Overestimated. Superb nose but the taste is not really complex and the finish somehow unpleasant and bland.
    • Nose
      Sweet with fruity sherry aroma at first nosing. Very dainty, the fruits are difficult to identify. Most obvious are sultanas and mango. Whiffs of shoe polish. A superb nose. 
    • Taste
      Sherry and raisins at first mouthfeel. Starts sweet, then becomes very spicy with notes of herbal tea..
    • Finish
      Long on notes of sherry and spices with an acrid aftertaste.

  34. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    IWSC 2014 Gold Outstanding Award

  35. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler Notes:

    Colour: Amber.

    Nose: Rich, complex and full with luxurious tropical fruits of peach, mango and banana, complimented with sultanas, sherry and gentle oak spice.

    Palate: Sweet and soft with near perfect balance of fruit; mango, orange, figs and sweet sultana, followed by a wave of sherry, toffee and ginger oak spice.

    Finish: Warm, soft and gently spiced.

  37. gunnie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice fruitiness but a little sulphery to score higher

  38. Bishlouk scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Many anise, sage and bay leaves on the nose and on the palate. Not at all my thing.

  39. Sjaunja scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    In my opinion the typical Glenglassaugh style is too much hidden behind sherry notes. This is a bit disappointing to me. Indeed still a very good single malt. But (too much?) different to the Glenglassaugh style before.

  40. getz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Rich sherry notes combine with a medley of boiled fruits to give a highly complex single malt. Not chill-filtered, no colour added

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