Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

Overall rating
90.65/100
votes
281
Whiskybase ID
WB85977
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
13.06.2016
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
42.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Label
Billy Walker
Bottle code
LK70669
Barcode
5060399683562
Added on
22 aug 2016 7:03 pm by zeb
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 796.78

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281 × member ratings

420 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

50 users have left 57 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.65 points.

  1. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. eselsim scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, soft, cream, now they don't do that
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Start with a little glue, then a lot of honey, herbal sweets, cream caramel sweets, dates, lovage
    • Taste
      92 92
      sweet, again with honey, lovage, a few strawberries
    • Finish
      91 91
      with a slightly larger sip, it has enough power here, with delicate wood notes

  6. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. SRB scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wood polish, excellent cooked fruits, juicy oranges, marzipan, sugar icing, dark cake batter with arrack, slightly dusty old wood, spicy sherry aromas, Christmas spices, strong dark chocolate with raisins, antique wood workshop, light roasted almonds, juicy citrus fruits, chocolate pralines with a shot.
    • Taste
      Lots of oranges, oily, pleasant and creamy sweetness, dusty old wood, tart vanilla cream, lots of chocolate, Christmas spices, again dark cake batter, cocoa, men's cream.

      Incredibly oily, soft and pleasant. In addition, dangerously drinkable.

      You could really deal with that forever, you don't even want to swallow, this Glassaugh presents such a wonderful mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Lots of furniture polish, antique wood, very oily, nice bitter spices. Then a very delicate and pleasant dryness spreads. The finish feels like it lasts forever, the aromas that can already be found in the taste only degrade very slowly.

  9. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    really great complex malt. Very intense and full. It wants to be enjoyed with a lot of time. Wonderful interplay of flavors.
    • Nose
      full and round, a little mint, a lot of leather and dried fruit, plums, raisins, honey, leather, old furniture, a bit spicy. Very intense and a nice interplay of the poor. It is really fun to smell.
    • Taste
      Nice start, large load of dried fruit, raisins, plums, some cherries, old wood, leather, a bit spicy, chocolate and a little coffee come slightly in the direction of espresso
    • Finish
      Nice spicy woody finish at the beginning, quickly changing into dark and dried fruits. The espresso taste can be clearly felt here, becoming a bit bitter and overall very long. The taste of cherries also stays in the mouth for a long time

  10. Moses scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I had great expectations and was rewarded. This malt has a unicorn character. A bottle that I like a lot and the content is a revelation. Direct hit. Fact: The formula for this whisky is not from our time. One thing becomes clear. If you want to know how the art of whisky conjured up 30 years ago, you should get a sample quickly, as long as this bottled dream is still affordable. I ordered one "immediately". Get good price. Lucky. A satisfied thank you goes out to André from Whisky Evening for the extra large sample.
    • Nose
      The nose and the whisky first need TIME. Then the window of the world of sherry ripening of all first-class goods opens. Fruity and yet floral. Fruit cake and notes of fine wood. Then beeswax, light leather and spices. Wow. A fine mixture of tropical fruitiness and elegant sherry. Often sniffed in front of me, the thought of a cognac whisky occurs to me. Training takes place here at the same time. How can sherry caress the nose with clean and clever processes, delicate and complex, without appearing single-track. Awesome!
    • Taste
      Oily and soft, orange peel spreads spicy and tingling all over the mouth without becoming obtrusive. In several waves everything becomes noticeable that one can dream of a sherry maturation. The entire barrel management becomes clear here, without the New Make having to slander its origins. A dram that you can enjoy in your mouth for a long time. At the transition, there is now fine pipe tobacco in a leather pouch with delicate liquorice and chocolate notes. Everything accompanied by dancing tannins on the tongue. A dream in a glass.
    • Finish
      What remains for a long time is the memory of Ritter Sport grape nut and it always comes back with coffee notes in a class of their own. A clean finish with no rough edges and that's exactly the point. Pour, sit back and enjoy in peace and quiet what a great hobby I can afford without worries. With such drams ... I feel the privilege. Thanks to Glenglassaugh for donating this first class spirit and selected unicorn barrels. A whisky that seduces without being too pretentious! A master piece.

  11. Mapl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  12. ChrisE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Von Barton scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very good whisky! A beautiful brown color, which shows us immediately what we will have to do.
    On the nose, there is chocolate, roasted shell fruit, as well as wood (30 years in barrel anyway)
    We find in the mouth what the nose announced, especially chocolate, dried and nuts, as well as the wood, which becomes more present and bringing a slight bitterness, which balances with the more delicious aromas of the mouth .

  14. dominikbraun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  16. djmaxliving scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very well age for 30 years old, no doubt about the sherry cask influence and reasonably priced compared to other 30-year-olds and even 25 on the market. At 42% ABV, it's holding lots of flavours. Solid whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Old books, leather, musty, dunnage, oak, ripe fruits, figs, heather, boiled sweets, chocolate shavings, sweet thick toffee, nuts, apricot, ginger, pepper-mints and with a deep complex nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Spice, oak, orange peel, ginger, soft fruits, sweet, toffee, leather, honey, melon, bitter coffee and mints.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Light milk chocolate, honey, spice and oak. Long finish with some period of intense minty and bitterness influencing the finish.

  17. McMoulis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  18. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Glenglassaugh 30, 42%. 2016. 90 (23-22-22-23). Whisky for a slow taste. Well balanced and very nice to taste.

  19. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      aromatic, fruity, spices and warm woody notes.
      Hints of honey, sherry and orange. Very elegant and multi-layered, animated to sniff and invites you to taste.
    • Taste
      92 92
      here too aromatic and rich, sweetish with fresh and dried fruit notes, with a fine, slightly tart note of various warm wood aromas (including sandalwood) barrel / coffee and spices, in a harmonious marriage and balance. Very tasty, I love it!
    • Finish
      91 91
      warm, slightly spicy, slightly tart with wood aromas and a slight fruity sweetness,
      An interplay of residual sweetness and a hint of tart wood aromas. Very long ending.

      Very good and very tasty! Nearly perfect...

  21. frokzee scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Wow! At first, I thought of Springbank. Pure sherry flavors, pear, sweet apple, quince, fig, strawberry, "orchard", fruit compote, almond, wonderful multi-faceted, makes it incredibly fun to go on an expedition
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mild on the go, very gentle, very soft, very balanced, wonderfully balanced, sweet sherry aromas, subtle vanilla, subtle honey, woody notes, oak, marzipan, alcohol is discreetly incorporated
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sherry sweetness, wild berries, to the sweetness come Bitternoten, eternally long, so I have never experienced such an extremely long finish. Wow

  22. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Top fabric! - very tasty and complex
    • Nose
      92 92
      Orange, coffee, dark chocolate, lots of sherry, ripe red grapes, furniture polish, leather, sweet pipe tobacco, chocolate raisins, a little waxy
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sherry, espresso, red grape juice, bitter oranges, kumquats, tangerine, again the furniture polish, maggi herb, surprisingly hardly any wood for its 30 years, only with the addition of water does some tannin appear
    • Finish
      91 91
      medium long - sherry, citrus, herbal liqueur

  24. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Glenglassaugh sure can (could?) produce stellar old whisky. This one has aged well and carries not even a hint of overaging.

    Tasted with Speyside Region 43yo 1973 TWA for TWE (92 pts.)

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      Raw peanuts in butter, and some rosin. Faint brown sugar, and a wisp of seasalt. Given some time in the glass it becomes bolder, rounder, and develops something that reminds me of tiger cake and a nutty chocolate bar left on the table.
    • Taste
      Buttery, faintly milky, faintly syrupy, and nutty, with dry oakiness. I don't get much tannins, which is a plus. Feels filling and delicious on the tongue despite the low ABV. One of those malts that starts a little shy but becomes excellent when rolled around in the mouth for a while.
    • Finish
      The finish, compared to the taste, is too quiet. It disappears slightly too fast, and leaves behind a drying feeling on the tongue.

  25. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    In the top range of what I managed to test out during Tunsberg Whisky Festival. Unfortunately also in the top price range.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Wonderful sherry nose, raisins, prunes, leather, coffee.
      Seasoned wood with a light touch of pollish.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite firm and rich despite the 42%, that said I suspect it would have made an even bigger impact at 46.
      Almost fat with a medium level of wood spice.
      Sweet rich sherry, dark coffe - espresso with a hint of bitternes.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium plus to long.
      Apart from going slightly dry there is no dramtic change from the flavours of the body, just a slow nice fade.

  26. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    At thirty, a venerable old whisky with an elegant sherry note. The high-quality bottle suggests a corresponding price around the 330 € in 2019.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A soft, elegant sherry note strikes, the smell of an old, venerable library of leather armchairs. Heath honey, vanilla, caramel, Egyptian apple tobacco, dried plums, ripe pear and dried apricots. A hint of acacia or cedar perfectly completes the nose. An experience!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, oily sherry flavor, honey, caramel, butter biscuits, raisins, dried plums, ripe banana, light herbaceous notes, especially mint, almonds, hazelnuts, some wood.
      Everything seems very harmonious, but a bit reserved in the flavor.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Caramel and soft sherry paired with a hint of oak remain on the palate. Ripe dried fruit and the taste of almonds then spread to leave a pleasant sensation on the palate in a long finish with hints of mint, rosemary and butter biscuits.

  27. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Rambojunior83 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. Tano77 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  30. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  31. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Water: two drops of water work wonders, the malt opens properly, it is just in the nose, it is much more intense

    Conclusion: A true gentleman, he caresses you from the beginning, always shows his class and elegance. Very harmonious, yet complex. In the taste and in the finish, however, a little too little power, here would have done 2-3% more alcohol content well, so he gets from me one point less than Batch # 1
    • Nose
      91 91
      beautiful, old sherry influence, especially raisins, some rum, leather, wine and a few cherries and plums. Then the fruity Destilleriecharakter, lychee, overripe mango, papaya, English wine gum. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, no wonder at the very low strength of 42%. Almonds, oranges and lighter oak tones are added. Slightly waxy (leather polish), some caramel and even vanilla even a little coconut cream show up
    • Taste
      89 89
      Gentle onset, oily, soft and fruity Sherry, lots of sweetness with strong oak spice
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium long, warm, of course, the old sherry, old bookcase, leather, plum, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, the oak is here even clearer, but not at all bitter

  32. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] When I started my whisky life back in the nineties no one noticed Glenglassaugh despite some very fine releases out there - they all went for cheap bucks to us drinkers, fortunately. This changed when the new owners started to release very pricey editions: All of a sudden many people jumped on that train and praised this distillery from then on (sadly, as the prices went into "undrinkable" regions). But from time to time I indulge in a sample of one of the new releases…

    ...and I do not regret it! This is a perfect example of a delicate and impressive old style matured sherry whisky that offers not much of Glenglassaugh but a delicious and very, very quaffable clean sherry profile instead. Is the price justified? Several years ago I would have stated "not" but the ongoing whisky boom drives price points higher year by year. Personally I think, this dram is worth around 250 to 300 Euro in 2018 (unfortunately) - so if you do not own old stocks and you want to explore such a fine sherry profile I recommend to go for this edition...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a fine old-style sherry profile with all the great sherry-induced aromas in a firm but never too heavy wooden structure. Not sure if much of the Glenglassaugh spirit characteristics come through but who needs this if the sherry profile is such excellent. By the way, the first nose right after serving the dram out of the bottle is the best - so sniff it immediately and do not wait until it "breathed" away the boldness...
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is layered on the different sherry flavours starting with sweet winey notes followed by chocolatey (both dark and milk) and fruity (oranges, plums, apricots) flavours before the raisins, spices and nuts kick in. The wood is always present but it stays generously in the background and provides just the "rhythm section" for all the solo flavours on the tongue's stage. No flaw (and no sulphur, hallelujah!) or off-note that I can find, all is simply delicious and nicely chewable. Water is not needed but does no harm either (the nose gets more weakish but the taste improves somewhat) - I suggest to drink it neat.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming in the mouth with a minor coating effect (I hoped for more) and a little astringent moment (tannins) that is not distracting at all. The finish is of medium length with increasing wooden notes that do not get bitter, fortunately. There are some espresso flavours that pop up (not the dark roasted ones, rather a light or medium roast) and vanish what is quite interesting to follow. No bitter or astringent moments here what is great but not usual with such long matured heavily sherried drams.

  34. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Many months of oxidation have made the uncorked Glenglassaugh better and better for my taste. Simply great. Our 2016 Glenglassaugh 30 offers, from the style glass enjoyed, initially a great, waxy honey sweetness in the nose. Very heavy, vinous sherry notes follow, as well as vanilla sugar and oak spice, as well as these ideally complementing, ripe fruit notes, focusing black cherries (jam) and oranges (nectar). Almond flavors complete the flavor profile. Simply great, especially since the malt is already open so long. Exceptionally soft, yet intense and very tasteful, I would like to say. A prime example of how even close to the 'holy' 40% limit is still full of flavor possible. The sweet vanilla and the bouquet of strong sherry aromas are impressive. Overall, the malt lives from its balanced maturity and almost proverbial elegance. The, how could it be otherwise, very successful aftertaste is heralded with very spicy fine, fruity-oaky flavors - the circle to the nose closes perfectly. Such a long-lived Glenglassaugh from the 1980s, burned shortly before the long-term closure from 1986, is just a very fine thing. Of course, there are even better, mostly barely more to be found individual drums in the market, no question. Likewise, however, in my experience, also less successful representatives. Which at the general (very) high level of the old Glenglassaugh, especially from the 1970s, already means something. Further notes and reviews on Facebook at #Maltkanzlei

  35. ApricotOne scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  36. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This 42% 30 year OB is better than this 30 year OB

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/82865/30-year-old

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I do not think £275 for a 30 year low strength OB is good but in todays climate this is decent value.

    Lacks power but very enjoyable with good balance.

    Dangerous stuff, far too easy to drink , worth buying.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Good balance, an easy sipper.
    • Nose
      Caramel galore mixed in with a light spiciness, wholemeal bread, cereals and a few red wine notes.
    • Taste
      Very creamy again on caramel, light toffee, warm pastry and a very faint hint of limes.

      The sherry gets more pronounced but not overpowering and it gest a syrupy sweetness.
    • Finish
      Good medium length, nicely sweet.

  39. Achany scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    it started with an intense sherry wave. dark fruits, marzipan, traces of nuts, grapes, nearly like a fine rum. dried apricots, a lot of oak but not too bitter, in fact really nicley integrated. still malty, some nice mixture of sweet and spicey mingling together. all the different aromas are very well balanced. the finish could have been a bit longer, does need some sips until the finish develops. Just a really, really nice dram - too easy to drink for such a fine bottle.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  41. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  42. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    really great stuff. yes, it´s expensive!

    90/100 could have gained more if the price was more reasonable!
    • Nose
      my first glenglassaugh after so many whiskies! probably should be ashamed! high expectations!

      ahhh...gentleman stuff. now, guess I am kind of a gentleman:-) wonderful sherry influence without exploding sultana and prune bomb. wonderful orange, leather, polished wood, salted caramel, heather honey. raisins, dried apricots. finest woods. roasted almonds and hints of allspice. a great nose!
    • Taste
      no flaws, absolutely harmonious whisky. perfect sherry maturation. oranges again, leather, tobacco, lots of dark chocolate. hints of earl grey tea. dry but not too dry.
    • Finish
      unfortunately the finish is only medium long, relatively dry but super-clean.

  43. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Cast Olila scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  45. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  46. Whiskieh scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Nose: Very sherried. Toffee and Christmas pudding. Small embers of fruit along with beeswax.

    Mouth: Sweet with a bit of kick in the spice. Tastes of ginger, apple and orange. A dark chocolate orange flavour. Not as much sherry as expected with the nose but the fruit doesn't overpower it.

    Finish: Still a delightful cacao finish and additional lingering notes that were fantastic on the palate.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  47. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full and round. Overripe raspberries with mint. Peach, vanilla pods, yellow raisins, a touch of glue. Old dusty loft and beeswax candles. Worn leather, dried tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily. Raspberry syrup, dark cherries, some eucalyptus. Orange marmalade, cocoa chips, espresso, dry wood. Dry dark chocolate.

  48. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Complex, sophisticated, powerful but gentle, tasty whisky with amazing balances.
    • Nose
      Sophisticated. Fruits, flowers, honey, toffee. Matured oak and spices. Varnished wood.
    • Taste
      Intensive, oily, bittersweet. Matured oak, clove and pepper. Bitter chocolate and milk coffee.
      Tobacco and mint. Honey, mixed fruit jam, vanilla and grilled lemon peel. Toffee. Divine!
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, fresh. Coffee and mint.

  49. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice drop. After my first tasting with another sample months ago I actually had enough, but the many very good notes have moved me to give the glass eye a second chance. Harmonious, intense malt, but still somewhat watery - the 42% stop ... with a few percent more sure a real bank.
    • Nose
      Wonderful sweet fruity sherry nose - orange, burnt caramel, leather, sweet tobacco, plums, cherries, baked apple, a huge pile of raisins, mint, blueberries, dark honey, almonds, with milk chocolate and after a while Maggie's cabbage, liquorice and furniture polish
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, spicy, great mouthfeel - orange, plum, baked apple, many raisins, dark chocolate, espresso, liquorice, balsamic, mint, tobacco and leather notes, with hazelnuts and walnuts and many spices, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, a hint Curry, pepper, a little salt, dark forest honey and again the burnt caramel - all very harmonious and wonderfully intense, but unfortunately also a bit watery
    • Finish
      medium-long, raisins, liquorice and espresso remain the longest, a hint of eucalyptus comes around the corner ...

  50. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nice, great flavor despite the low alcohol content! Concentrated, harmonious, delicious!
    • Nose
      Dark, sweet and heavy! Raisins, leather, caramel, old bookcase, plum compote, furniture polish, forest honey, overripe cherries, delicate mint note, warm applesauce, allspice
    • Taste
      what a board! Oily, cherries, plums, leather, espresso, dark chocolate, allspice, roasted hazelnuts, some pepper, vanilla, all beautifully harmoniously combined
    • Finish
      long! Espresso, hazelnut, spicy, warming and again espresso, espresso, espresso ....

  52. Julia E S scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Sample impression

    Glenglassaugh 30 YO 42%

    nose

    Balsamic and dark wood aromas meet me; some cola (not the sweet but the aromatic one) The notorious leather; strongly oxidized fruits oranges but also apple / pear compote; very dark cherries the oak becomes more intense over time; Wax polish;

    mouth

    Wax streak; the cherries; Cola, leather over time the wax polish turns into beeswax; also becoming nuttier; Hazelnut in particular;

    Exit

    Very oak-intensive finish, closet, old oak aromas. You really notice your age here. Finally, the dark cherries, balsamic vinegar and leather and fresher oak tones come again; stays long and intense; getting slightly drier. Over time, the oak tones stay darker

    Nice old whisky! The barrel maturation can be felt nicely; Didn't add any water at all because it only has 42% anyway. A very round story. I especially like the waxy notes very much.

  53. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    In the large (Bordeaux) red wine glass of Glenglassaugh smells even rounder after 20 to 30 minutes, the alcohol is barely perceptible, the Antrunk as warm as intense, then the whisky acts like heavy old wine. In Nosingglas the 30-year-old is a bit sharper and more focused.

    After another hour he becomes more concentrated in the red wine glass, sharper. So swing again and aerate. Then the whisky opens again and it comes leather, dark fruit and the much-cited library smell of old books and leather chairs. The note of a connoisseur was worth gold: In old and complex whiskys, the breathing in and pays off from the red wine glass pays off.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  54. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    One of the best whiskys I have ever enjoyed and compared.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, sherry, light oak, ripe fruit, just great.
    • Taste
      The full elegant sherry note, impressive sweetness including aromas of vanilla pod. 30 years in the barrel also have an effect. And, sure, the knowledge about it too. No trace bitter. A harmonic genius, not to say a harmoniemonster of the most pleasant kind.
    • Finish
      Medium long, the oak becomes stronger, but never bitter; she is simply there and where she should be.

  55. Bravo122 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  56. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I came across this one before and found it: ‘Deliciously drinkable but not a patch on that earlier release’.
    N: Toffee-tincture-sherry
    T: Big sherry tannins with a malt-putty chew.
    F: Sherry and ash
    C: I didn’t find the sulphur so obvious as last year, but it’s certainly somewhat haphazard though equally quite a treat.

    Scores a B- [85]

  57. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Three years ago, Glenglassaugh brought out a 30yo ‘batch 1’ WB. It was good. Three years later it seems they’re dropped the ‘batch’ system [for now] and brought out a straight 30yo at a lower strength. Are they short on old stock? Back to the actual whisky in hand. Loads of sherried bubblegum and soft cream.
    T: Soft yet strong and with sulphur issues.
    F: Now with a sherried>smoky/peaty chew on soft, peppery malt.
    C: I love how sherry can accommodate age so well, it can really lift and support a weary malt. Bit too much sherry on this one however and complexity losses out as a result. Deliciously drinkable but not a patch on that earlier release.

    Scores a C+

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