Glenglassaugh 7, Refill Bourbon Octave

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This cask bottling, distilled in June of 2009, spent 7 years maturing in a refill bourbon octave. It was bottled at cask strength in September of 2016 at 58.1% ABV.  Cask #3 yielded 46 bottles.

Our tasting notes are as follows:

Color: Clover honey

Nose: A blast of warm peat upon initial sniff. This quickly fades to reveal an obvious Glenglassaugh minerality, very flinty. Dandelion greens, unripened Bartlett pears, and campfire embers. A hint of white pepper and smoked vanilla bean.

Palate: Initially tart with an effervescent mouthfeel. Peaty, herbaceous, and citrusy with notes of fresh cut tree branches, sassafras leaves, and then some juicy kumquat. Smoky yet crisp with hints of good oak.

Finish: Slightly drying with lasting notes of kumquat and campfire embers.

On the label: A peaty treat that is uniquely Highlands in style. Minerality backed by rich smoke, oak and a sweet citrusy zest is what makes this a beautifully balanced dram.

Since being founded in 1875, Glenglassaugh distillery, located on Scotland's north shore about 45 minutes east of Elgin, has spent more time closed than open. Upon reopening in 2008, the distillery's new manager, the legendary Stuart Nickerson, launched a very successful private octave program. In March of 2013 the distillery was sold to the Benriach Distillery Company who three years later were themselves sold to Brown Forman.

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