Glenglassaugh 9yo, 2012-2021, Rare Cask Release
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Bottling: Distillery (exclusively selected & bottled for deinwhisky.de)
Cask type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon (#2923, 677 btl.)
Nose: Immediately the typical sherry aromas are present with sultanas, dates, sweet caramel, brown sugar and subtle walnut. Over time, a light herbal note develops with sage and a hint of mint. Notes of tobacco and a little coffee can be detected in the background. The alcohol is present but not pungent.
Palate: Sweet on the palate with sultanas, dates and malt sugar. Warming and creamy mit nutmeg and walnuts. Towards the finish, subtle herbal notes of sage and a hint of tobacco leaves are noticeable.
Finish: The finish is long lasting with increasingly dry and somewhat bitter notes of tobacco leaf, oak and green walnut.
With water: After adding water, more herbal notes come to the fore with mint and sage alongside the sweetness of sultanas and brown sugar, accompanied by significantly more nutty flavours, such as walnut and Brazil nut. The palate continues to be powerful and tingling with a weakened sweetness, along with dry oak, some pepper, walnut and herbal notes of mint and sage. The finish is medium long, dry and slightly bitter with tobacco leaves, walnuts and a hint of espresso.
Comments: A young, powerful but no less tasty single malt from the Glenglassaugh Distillery. Maturation in PX puncheon delivers a good level of sweetness alongside the usual sultanas and dates, balanced with dry oak and tobacco notes and rounded off with fine herbs. The high alcohol content is noticeable and leaves room for the addition of water.
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