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.