Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
42.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
22 Aug 2016 7:03 pm by zeb

Average value

€ 477.67

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Whisky Reviews for Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.76 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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 ....

  6. Julia E S scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Glenglassaugh 30 YO 42% nose Balsamic and dark wood flavors come to meet me; some cola (not the sweet but the aromatic) The notorious leather; heavily oxidized fruits Oranges but also apple / pear compote; very dark cherries the oak becomes more intense with time; Wax polish; mouth Wachspoltur; the cherries; Coke, leather over time, the wax polish goes into the beeswax; also nutty; Hazelnut in particular; leaving
    In the finish very oak-intensive, closet, old oak flavors. Here one realizes his age correctly. Finally, come back to the dark cherries, balsamic and leather and fresher oak tones; stays long and intense; getting slightly drier. Over time, the oak tones remain darker Nice old whisky! The Fassreifung is beautiful to feel; I have not added any water since it only has 42% anyway. A very round story. I particularly like the waxy notes very well.

  7. 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.

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Top fabric! - very tasty and complex
    • Nose
      91 91
      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 length - sherry, citrus fruits, herbal liqueur

  9. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Von Barton scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    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 .


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