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
Added on
01 Mar 2015 7:19 pm by cherokee0815
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 509.58

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Whisky Reviews for Glenglassaugh 1978

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.14 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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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