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Glenglassaugh Distillery

The Glenglassaugh Distillery is a 133 year old whisky distillery located in a picturesque site just outside the Speyside region in Northeast Scotland, close to the small town of Portsoy, Banffshire some 54 miles Northwest of Aberdeen. The Distillery was established in 1875 by The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company Ltd as the global demand for Scotch Malt Whisky was booming. The site was originally chosen due to its proximity to a clean and pure water supply of the highest quality (Glassaugh Springs) and easy access to the nearby barley fields. In the 1890’s the company was sold to Highland Distillers and until 2008 has been owned by them. Highland Distillers are a subsidiary of The Edrington Group.

During the 20th century the Glenglassaugh Distillery has seen several periods of operation interspersed with silent mothballed periods. In 1960 it was rebuilt and upgraded to double the production capacity and to yield lighter spirit. However in 1986 when the whole whisky industry was reviewing operations the economics of running this relatively small and remote distillery persuaded the owners that they should stop production and the distillery has stayed silent since then. The whisky from this distillery had traditionally been used in the production of renowned blended whiskies such as Cutty Sark, Laing’s, and The Famous Grouse. It is thought that alongside the new whisky production, the distillery refurbishment may also include the development of Glenglassaugh’s first visitor centre.

About the distillery

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September 28th, 2008

Sounds great. I read some on their website and it looks good. I had a chance to try out the Glenglassaugh 34yo, 1973 ( this weekend which was really nice.

September 28th, 2008

The distillery refurbishment is on schedule to start at the end of October or early November of this year. At the same time the company is going to launch some new aged products which have been seen by several leading whisky writers, all of who are enthused by the product especially the 30 year old and 40 year old versions.