Glenglassaugh 40-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
44.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 jun 2009 8:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 4500.00

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Whisky reviews for Glenglassaugh 40-year-old

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.61 points.

  1. Nutty Drammer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Old Style whisky as it never will be produced again with passion for whisky not for money

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  3. firstmajor scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    had accidentally deleted my old rating, which was also 97 points.

  4. Radar scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  5. OLdBlack did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whisky characteristics from the Certificate of Authenticity:
    Nose: A strong powerful nose that begins with the aroma of geen apples falling to earth onto wet moss and grass. This gives way to a medley of boiled fruit sweets. Despite its complexity, hints of rasberries, blackberries and hints of ripe banana emerge. Finally, the refined sherry notes of sultanas, fruit cake and rich creamy fudge take over.
    Palate: The rich sherry flavours combine with the boiled fruits to give an incredibly powerful yet complex whisky. The original distillery character is still surprisingly evident despite this whisky´s great age.
    Finish: A long and consistent finish leaves the freshness of the Granny Smiths apples on the palate. This is a very powerful whisky very well suited to after dinner sipping.

  6. barryfox915 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber.
    Nose: Strong sherry notes (more pronouced than that of the 30
    YO), heavier, more on raisin, figs and clove.
    Taste: Rich, spicy, getting slightly tannic, on light grassy
    notes, cumin, dried fruits and orange peel. The finish is long, mellow, creamy,
    on dried fruits, leather and with some chocolate.
    General Impression: Another very good whisky from
    Glenglassaugh, with a strong sherry influence and showing some traces of age. A
    serious competitor for other heavily sherried whiskies closer to the Spey



  7. boborban scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    SergeGlenglassaugh 40 yo (44.6%, OB, decanter, 2009) Colour: deep amber. Nose: very fragrant, starting on precious wood, raisins and hints of camphor, all that working in sync. Pretty perfect! Goes on with hints of metal polish and damp earth and then many cooked and dried tropical fruits (not fresh). Papayas, pineapples, longans… Gets finally much more leathery and ‘tertiary’, with hints of beef jerky and parsley, even a bit of garlic. Pine resin. A very, very complex old Glenglassaugh! Beautiful. Mouth: a very rich oakiness at first sipping, but an elegant one. A lot of bitter chocolate, various fruit jellies and jams (strawberries first), some vanilla, various herbal teas (rosehip, chamomile, lime tree blossom), and a wide combination of spices including cloves, cardamom, black pepper, carvi and cinnamon (lots). Develops on loads of dark chocolate and coffee beans plus notes of cough syrup. Very ‘torrefied’. Finish: long, spicy, quite tannic but not excessively so. Quite some oranges in the aftertaste. Comments: a 40yo that’s still rather nervous and ‘vibrant’. Excellent and, above all, not too oaky. I like it better than the 30yo – am I normal?


  8. firstmajor scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    This Whisky is not 40 years old but 41 years old.

    You can see it on the certificate

    and is the same one as


  9. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An extremely rare, limited edition 40 year old whisky from

    Glenglassaugh. This is truly a stunning single malt, bottled in February

    2009 at cask strength, with a limited outturn of just 225 bottles,

    matured in a hogshead. Packaged in a beautiful decanter bottle, with

    an incredible wooden presentation case and two crystal tumblers. This

    was awarded 96 points by Jim Murray in his 2010 Whisky Bible, where it

    was also heralded as the Single Malt of the Year in the 35 to 40 year

    old category!

  10. MacMenM scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    a truly great classico
    • Nose
      what a big nose, sherry and fruits, dark raisins, lots of old old things
    • Taste
      superb, on one side the soft sweetness, on the other the delight caskflavours, perfectly balanced, dancing a great tango together .. 
    • Finish
      very long, perfect harmony that's going further and further in the mound, un bijou


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