Glenglassaugh 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Cask Release
Stated Age
36 years old
Port Hogshead
Number of bottles
41.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Anam na h-Alba - The Soul of Scotland
de Germany
Added on
01 mar 2015 7:19 pm by cherokee0815
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 719.58

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Whisky Reviews for Glenglassaugh 1978

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.10 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
      Peaches, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries with chocolate, vanilla, wildberry jam, black tea, walnuts, nutmeg, some mint, old books,
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity and creamy, very full and intense, more strawberries, tart orange marmalade and roasted nuts, walnuts but also some almonds, black tea and dark chocolate, now also cherries, wild berries and a hint of ginger, with vanilla and some balsamic
    • Finish
      93 93
      At least medium, the fruits fade slowly and it will dry, orange marmalade, black tea and a lot of dark chocolate take over the regiment!

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    That's a nice port malt. The clear brilliance reminds me of the great Speysider of the early seventies, only the fruits are different. A great whisky, no question! Very delicious!
    • Nose
      first grapefruit, blood oranges, dark chocolate, furniture polish, wonderfully clear nose; after 20 minutes, the nose changes completely, now someone is brushing strawberries next to me, shortly thereafter stands next to me a giant bowl of chopped fresh strawberries. Now the dark chocolate changes to milk chocolate. This is joined by other dark berries, raspberries, black currants. Later floral notes in crystal clear forest air, peppermint tea, on the edge almonds and sugar necklace from the fair
    • Taste
      crystal clear and downright brilliant, the malt comes into the mouth - superfruit - oranges, grapefruit, dark chocolate, fine sweet, but dry, the first sip is like a dip in the sea in the early morning. Great! Then come the strawberries again, followed by raspberries, black currants, green tea, black tea, mint tea, all incredibly fresh. Now marzipan, slightly burnt dark caramel, candied apples, star fruit with chocolate coating and ginger. The ginger builds up slowly and steadily. The barrel notes are present, but never superficial, the first violin playing the clear intense fruit notes.
    • Finish
      fruity without end with a touch of milk chocolate and mint. The ginger also remains long. Fine sweet-bitter, simply very noble.

  3. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      A fresh strawberry field just before the harvest comes straight to my mind. Wonderfully fruity, with many more red fruits. Raspberries, redcurrants and cherries join. In the background, a pleasant oak woodland lingers without being too dominant. After a good 20-25 minutes, I perceive a handful of almonds, a touch of juicy oranges, dark chocolate and still float this (surprisingly) fresh, subtle aroma in the glass, which I would almost classify as mint / eucalyptus. Very amazing, since the whisky was allowed to mature for over 36 years.
    • Taste
      At the beginning a relatively strong onset (only 41.9% alcohol) with an incredibly oily, even creamy, mouthfeel. In addition, very saliva-stimulating with a minimal tingling on the tongue. The typical Portweinnoten make themselves immediately noticeable. Again, I find the fresh, red fruits, especially sweet strawberries and raspberries take over quickly the upper hand. Juicy oranges, roasted aromas, nuts, almonds and spicy oak notes, with a slight dryness, follow. Very harmonious, round and multi-layered, almost dangerously tasty.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, here the spicy oak notes quickly pick up speed. The sweet strawberries fade gradually. A slight dryness and bitterness complete the finish.

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow. 91 points.
    • Nose
      Sweet fruits are right in the nose. Peach apricots, cherries and apple rings from Haribo. Oak is on board and gets stronger every second. Herbs. Chocolate with orange. Will then become more supple and the sweetness increases. Baked apple with cinnamon and sugar ..... Simply pure enjoyment. Wood becomes clearer again - back and forth.
    • Taste
      Whisky? What about the alcohol? Such a soft yet intense mouthfeel is rare. Fruit mix neatly sweetened. The fruits are all there, none dominated, everything is there at once. And sweet, infinitely tasty! Then oak comes to it and gives the bitter counterpoint.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fruity and spicy, a hint of pipe tobacco.

  5. Vince' scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: overripe oranges, sour cherries, orange peel, jasmine tea, a vinous fruit acid, which I would associate with the port. A very elegant vanilla and spicy bitter oak flavors are also to be found. The oak aromas remind me of sawdust of freshly cut wood, mixed with port wine with a good dose of mint. Furthermore, I associate chocolate and lots of nut flavors - walnut, nutmeg and roasted hazelnuts are the most likely to hit it. In short: very complex, elegant and old. The old port wine barrel is definitely felt and also flavors like tobacco, old leather couch and old bookshelves not missing. Taste: At the beginning very soft and very spicy. Toasted aromas, old leather couch, unburned cigar tobacco and nutmeg associations. After a few seconds comes a fairly dominant vinous tingling fruit acid of the port accompanied by vanilla. The fruit acid is reminiscent of plums, cherries and dark berries and remains present for a long time on the front tongue center. The finish is characterized by a combination of peppermint tea, about 60% chocolate and a Port-Remaining fruit, which remains really long presence. The finish is hardly really tart, I would have liked a little more oak bitter substances in the form of coffee, this one is more herbal tart. Overall but very soft, elegant and feels cool for a long time in the mouth. However, in my opinion, the drop could have a bit more alcohol content. But Conclusion: a really successful Glenglassaugh. Old, elegant with a very pleasant fruit acidity, which blends perfectly with the spicy flavors so sympathetic to me. The nose, and the taste are great cinema. Only the finish for me could have a bit more tart oak flavors. Otherwise very interesting and delicious!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Complex, rewarding, and absolutely tasty. A true connoisseurs’s dram;
    exclusive, but way to good to just let it collect dust on a shelve.
    Glenglassaugh is owned by the same South African folks who are at the
    helm of Benriach and Glendronach. At the end of last year, they started
    issueing their rare cask releases akin to the Glendronach or Benriach
    single casks, but a little more premiumized. Glenglassaugh was closed
    for almost two decades between 1986 (Thanks Mrs. Thatcher!) and 2008, so
    you either get very old ones (30+) or very young. These are all highly
    sought after and have a cult following among many malt anoraks,
    especially in Germany, where Andrea Caminneci was (and still is afaik)
    the sole distributer for Glenglassaugh. He also has, reportedly, one of
    THE tastiest Glenglassaughs bottled specifically for him. A 1972, what
    • Nose
      Dense. Citrus fruit with a thick layer of brown sugar. Pink Grapefruit,
      many many oranges, and Pomelo. This needs air. Lots of it! After a few
      minutes new layers are emerging. Mild oak spice, and … wine gums? The
      fruit notes are converging and become more intense with some air. Then, a
      cooling sensation followed by bees wax and hints of shoe polish.
    • Taste
      More sugared grapefruits at first. Drying quickly. Mentholated honey, a
      dive into a meadow full of mountain flowers. In other words; herbal. It
      is back and forth between dust and juice. What a chameleon.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. A very pleasant bitter-sweet departure (and not only
      because my sample is so small!). Milk chocolate and orange caramel.

  7. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. OLdBlack did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer ́s Tasting Notes
    Colour: Hints of Rose in a rich golden body.
    Nose: Strawberry jam with a pepper spice fill an intriguing delicate coastal nose.
    Palate: red fruit compote spiced with peppercorns and clove mellows to sour cherries.

  9. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Full and dark, with a strong influence from port wine. Nougat, slightly moldy wood and an unusual glue note.
    • Taste
      Black cherry jam, multi-layered notes of chocolate, especially nougat and dark chocolate, oak. Subtly spicy, full-bodied and delicate.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish, emphasizes chocolate with nice spicy wood notes.

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, creamy with red fruits, very balanced and pleasant, creamy in the mouth, sweet, light fruit acidity, raspberry, some wood, the fruit lasts long, pleasant, nice whisky, but a bit weak on the chest

  11. pianoman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, elegant. Strawberries, raspberry jam, light raisins. A piece of grated orange peel. Tobacco leaves, dried tomatoes. Almonds, marzipan, a hint of brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Soft, round. Vanilla cream with strawberries and raspberries. Decent Christmas spices. Beeswax, sweet balsamic vinegar, a hint of cloves. Some grapefruit. Baked apple. Some nougat and cocoa powder. Light, medium long.

  12. Andy-13 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    07.04.2018 Stammtisch in Schifferstadt with Dennis

  13. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  15. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  16. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    initially closed and slightly one-dimensional - he opens up nicely with hand warmth and shows a complex old face, which has a lot to tell. A great malt with especially excellent nose - for 400 ¬ + I can still think of 2 other malts, which offer me a better PLV for my nose - but that's just complaining at the highest level;)
    • Nose
      The first impression is a fruity fresh spicy port (creamy wild strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate juice, blueberries, - beautiful without any alcoholic touch disturbs nothing - almost perfect.There is a beautiful old oak note - delicately spicy, oily in the nose with the typical notes of Flower nectar and honey sweetness with green tea and fragrant flowers (orange - jasmine) - slightly warm, marzipan with kirsch and tobacco - the balance is better - where only the port note was dominant come now oak, tannin-containing stewing acid and herbs to the oily round old Charm with lots of vanilla gives way to a mixture of variegated barrel flavor, tobacco, some leather and increasingly intense port cargo - now every nose (I always let the snifter collect flavors) - here you can see the age - many faces - herbal - fruit - Oak - again other fruit
    • Taste
      Oily mild but herbs and barrel wort - if subtle, extremely soft smooth texture, sweet with a light acidity and a bit fruity bitterness, the portnotes spread in the mouth - a touch of old wood, camembert crust, an increasingly dry mouthfeel goes for a pleasant tingling of the oak on the palate accompanied by delicate fruit notes always flash differently - in the mouth, the oak is a bit more dominant than the port notes
    • Finish
      Tart vegetal notes that are so intertwined that they can hardly be dissolved, slowly emanate into a warming peppery note that finds its counterpart in eucalyptus and methol on the tongue - Fire & Ice, the port notes become slightly chocolaty before they fade and run in a bitter herbal oak note that lingers on your tongue for several minutes

  17. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So this is a little chameleon. You might expect darkness and enormous depth of aromas at the start but no it’s quite fresh and has a youngish feel to it (smelling it blindly I wouldn’t have guessed this age at first) but than over time (and some hand warming) it starts to develop to the more dark and deep side of things and slowly starts to show its age. On the palate the tannins and wood seem to dominate at first but that starts to slowly shift to the lighter and fruitier side of things over time. This dram need time and loads of it.
    All in all a very well aged whisky with good depth of flavour
    • Nose
      A sweet, fresh, fruity, oily and balanced whisky with aromas of candied lemon zest, oranges, brown sugar, mint tea, malt, old books, dusty, damp cellar, stale tones, bitter orange marmalade, grapefruit peels, green tea, metallic tones (copper), wet rope, grass, hay, dried flowers (almost like potpourri), red apples, pear, licorice root, gooseberries, chestnut honey, subtle red fruits (red currents, cranberries), olive oil, rosewood, porridge, hint of almond paste, hint of solvent tones, earthy tones and old dusty oak. 
    • Taste
      A sweet, full, powerful, oily and dense whisky with aromas of brown sugar, whisky pepper, tannins, intense oak, rosewood, dark honey, metallic tones, earthy tones, bitter orange marmalade, lemon zest, tangerine peels, grape seeds, strong black tea, blackberries, elderberries, hint of strawberries, dusty and damp old books, stale tones, stable air, grass, hay, straw, hint of cranberry, soapy tone, cracked black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, vanilla, light caramel, berry liquor (creme de cassis), grape seeds, mahogany and loads of dry oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long, spicy and dry finish with aromas of tannins, pepper, cloves, subtle fresh fruit, preserved lemon, metallic tones, mint, old tea, hint of milk chocolate, grape seeds, fresh berries, caramel and loads of rich dark oak.

  18. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. MaMeKa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: light mahogany
    Aroma: The first nose does not give much price, the malt is definitely still too cold. So the glass may first come in my Eisch glass with clock cover on temperature. After about half an hour, I release the lid and am amazed. This malt should really be 36 years ?? He surprises with an enormous freshness, fruit and a subtle mint note. A true potpourri of flavors, this malt now price, the longer I smell it the more aromas rise in my nose and my gray cells try to assign them. With the description of the distillery and Christian I go dakor, strawberry and wild raspberry after another 30 minutes I capture pineapple and gooseberries. Nuances of bitter almond and furniture polish I suppose, the flavors combine into a wonderful "nose". Alone of the smell runs me together in the mouth water. Taste: The first sip puts me on a nice balmy summer evening with birds singing, the scent of ripe fruit that blows from the garden and a gentle warm breeze surrounds me. The influence of the port can not be denied, dry but sweet starts the Glenglassaugh his game with the taste buds. A sweet mixture of berries, sweet sultanas and a light wood note settle on the tongue. On the next sip I also think to find the bitter almond again as well as some of my beloved home-cooked orange marmalade. All flavors combine to an absolute Taumhochzeit, my nose constantly sticks to the glass and is thrilled by the variety of flavors. Finish: Medium long finish with a great spicy touch. The sweet berries and the great port taste stay and seduce you to another sip.

  20. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    a very round, fine and old malt through and through; consistently complex and harmonious
    • Nose
      fresh, red fruits; pureed strawberries; subtle, almost mild oak in the background; everything tight and tightly interwoven but also "light"; Scent of dying roses
    • Taste
      very complex and "delicate"; a little bitterness; Strawberries with black pepper; minimal sweetness
    • Finish
      again some pepper, dry with a little oak; long; quite late in the evening, strawberries flash again

  21. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From the official online shop: Tastingnotes:

    Dark, reddish amber

    First of all, an uncanny freshness strikes you. Mint and the clear air after a summer storm. But then it gets warmer, spicier.
    Subtle roasted aromas that are reminiscent of slightly burnt popcorn.
    Then discreetly and timidly the Portfass reports, finally, and proudly presents dry foxes and red berries. I smell my wild raspberries.

    With every passing minute, this dram reveals more secrets, milk chocolate and the smell of freshly beaten, wet wood opening up. Shoe polish in the background.
    This is all so round and soft, no alcohol that stings and no off-flavors.

    For his 41.9% quite a respectable start, maybe it's just one, two percent more.
    Dry port fills your mouth and the salivation begins.
    Spicy and dust-dry is started, on your tongue, forest fruits fight for their sweet supremacy. I mean again to taste raspberries, but that is not so easy to recognize, because cranberries and raisins also announce their demands for attention.
    In addition, there is a delicate orange note that completes everything great.
    Some marzipan lays under the fruit and deep down there is some oak around, which points to the quite considerable age.
    But not disturbing, but subtly in the background.

    After that:
    The finish is rather medium and leaves a dry, spicy Portsüsse.

    This malt is "round".
    The 36 years have sanded all the corners and edges and he was babbled to the point.
    But it's a malt you can spend a lot of time with. There is a tremendous variety of flavors that can offer you no young thing ..... I think that one or the other will discover something completely different in this drop.

    A great whisky, which arrived at the end of his journey ....... in your glass.

    © Christian Priess


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