Nose: Give this a moment to open up and it leads you into wonderful old cask woods, subtle sherry (Oloroso?), caramels and autumn fruits. Think red toffee apples at an autumn fair. Also (after the fair) think of sitting in an old country house in the library full of old leather books and polished tables. A wee touch of costal salt at the back somewhere.
Palate: An age which means this is lovely and easy on the palate, but enough ABV to give a slight wee nip. A fantastically velvety whole mouth coating feel from the excellent barley oils which almost roll into a ball on your tongue and which you want to hold there to savour, it makes your mouth water more than many a whisky I’ve had lately. Autumn fruits and old oak are there in perfect balance. It’s a sherry whisky, but not a sherry bomb, it’s just right.
Finish: A gentle but full and lengthy warming hug on your chest, the lasting impression being gentle fruits but mostly sweet cask oaks and the slightest crack of pepper.. sometime old whiskies can leave a sour tannin ending, but this Glenglassaugh leaves old woods that are balanced, sweet and full of quality.
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