Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

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

Average value

€ 474.10

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Whisky Reviews for Glenglassaugh 30-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.62 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. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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 ....

  8. Julia E S scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Sample impression

    Glenglassaugh 30 YO 42%


    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;


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


    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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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


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