Glenglassaugh Releases Coastal Cask Collection

by Daniel Galyean


Glenglassaugh Distillery, standing at the edge of Sandend Bay on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland, lay silent for over two decades before reawakening in 2008. Since then, the small, coastal distillery has gone on to release a range of award winning boutique younger whiskies and now celebrates the release of a collection of cask bottlings all aged between 10 and 11 years.

The collection, hand selected by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie, captures the lush, coastal character of this traditionally-crafted Highland single malt, defined by its location and elemental influences. As time passes and character evolves, the full collection has taken all of its deepening colour from coastal maturation in oak. The coastal warehouses benefit from the invigorating North Sea air which influences the cask maturation, creating Glenglassaugh’s signature colour and palate.

Each cask bottling in the collection was distilled shortly after the distilleries re-awakening and by its very nature, is an exclusive one-off: bottled from a single cask, individually hand-numbered and with only a limited number of bottles available.

Glenglassaugh Master Blender Rachel Barrie said: 

“No matter what is happening in the world around us, each day the surf rolls in on Sandend Bay and the invigorating North Sea air passes through our coastal distillery and warehouses. That’s the beauty of Glenglassaugh’s coastal casks, each truly a distillation of nature’s elements, come wind, rain or shine. 

Over a decade since the spirit reawakened in 2008, Coastal Casks is the first global release of a selection of Glenglassaugh cask bottlings at 10 and 11 years old. Like the surf in Sandend Bay, each cask brings rolling waves of flavour that intensify and evolve in each and every sip.  

Nurtured by the coast, each Glenglassaugh Coastal Cask shares a unique and luscious sweetness. With tasting notes ranging from raspberry fruit jam to salted caramel; tropical fruit syrup to chocolate profiterole and clotted cream,  this collection is a celebration of Glenglassaugh’s coastal malt journey, which I hope you will savour to the full.” 

The Glenglassaugh Coastal Casks collection are of natural cask colour, bottled at 51.1% – 57.9% ABV, non chill filtered, prices range from £89 for a 10 year old cask to £99 for an 11 year old bottling. Each coastal cask will be made available in a different location worldwide. Global pricing and date availability may vary.

Glenglassaugh Tasting Notes:

Cask R11-008-1 (Australia/New Zealand/Canada/India/Middle East/Africa)

Aged: 11 Years Old

Cask Type: Madeira Puncheon

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Sunset gold

Nose: Dried apricot and mandarin with oregon pine, salted caramel and toasted almond

Palate: Burst of tropical fruit syrup with papaya, lychee and the lingering balance of pine nut oil

ABV: 54.7%


Cask 957 (Poland & Eastern Europe)

Aged: 10 Years Old

Cask Type: Sherry Puncheon

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Mellow gold

Nose: Buttered raisin brioche with baked pineapple and lingering raisin fudge

Palate: Toasted nutmeg, rich cocoa, salted butter and Seville orange marmalade

ABV: 57.9%


Cask 888 (South East Asia)

Aged: 10 Years Old

Cask Type: Spanish Wine Hogshead

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Varnished cherrywood

Nose: Chocolate toffee, hazelnut, sultana with raisin and berry fruit

Palate: An explosion of ripe and stewed fruit, blackberry, sultana, chocolate cream and lasting salinity

ABV: 56.7%


Cask 7497 (China/Japan/Korea/Hong Kong)

Aged: 11 Years Old

Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Butt

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Stained teak

Nose: Waxed cherry and fruitcake laced with brandy and salted olive oil, filled with raisin and sultana

Palate: Date and prune oil with notes of dark vanilla, salted black olive and a lingering sherry sweetness

ABV: 55.8%


Cask 559 (UK)

Aged: 10 Years Old

Cask Type: Bourbon Barrel

Spirit Type: Peated

Colour: Harvest gold

Nose: Fruit syrup and salted sea samphire with smoked barley and rhubarb

Palate: Rhubarb custard and salted mango puree with lingering pineapple, toasted sesame and coconut

ABV: 55.9%


Cask 1830 (Belgium/Netherlands/Germany/Nordics)

Aged: 11 Years Old

Cask Type: Port Pipe

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Ruby

Nose: Blackcurrant jam and clotted cream with raspberry, treacle and buttered pastry

Palate: Full bodied richness of blackberry pie with macadamia nut and lashings of custard cream

ABV: 55.4%


Cask 1346 (Distillery exclusive)

Aged: 10 Years Old

Cask Type: Bourbon Barrel

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Light gold

Nose: Bourbon vanilla, apple and crisp pear with buttercream and tropical fruit syrup

Palate: Pineapple, grapefruit and chocolate profiterole pastry with almond butter and lingering trace of fresh sea salt

ABV: 54.7%


Cask 1138 (Taiwan)

Aged: 11 Years Old

Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry Butt

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Darkest mahogany

Nose: Sun-dried raisin bread with black treacle syrup, liquorice, sultanas and brown sugar

Palate: Full-bodied with treacle, luscious sherry oils and lingering dark honey and walnut

ABV: 55.7%


Cask 2428 (France, Italy, Iberia, Mediterranean)

Aged: 10 Years Old

Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Butt

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Walnut brown

Nose: Dried fruit and candied pineapple with dark molasses, treacle toffee and espresso

Palate: Baked pineapple and dark chocolate with a drizzle of olive oil and salted date caramel

ABV: 57.8%


Cask R12-213-1 (USA)

Aged: 11 Years Old

Cask Type: Oloroso Hogshead

Spirit Type: Classic Unpeated

Colour: Honeyed gold

Nose: Chocolate ganache, caramel roasted coffee and seaside toffee and pistachio nut brittle

Palate: Orange and sherried fruit explosion with sun dried raisin and buttered croissant with lashings of chocolate spread

ABV: 51.1%

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