Glenglassaugh Evolution Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Col. James Moir founded of Glenglassaugh distillery in 1875. Moreover, this distillery is located at the east end of the beautiful Sandend Bay. He quickly established a reputation for making a quality whisky and the company prospered. He ran the distillery with his two nephews until 1892. However, Highland Distillers purchased the distillery after then. The distillery continued to produce whisky until 1986 when it’s mothballed.
The distillery sat silent for over 20 years. In addition, until a group of investors purchased it and started production again in December 2008. In 2013, the BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh distillery. They have the intention to bring this iconic distillery fully back to life. They gave the investment, commitment and care it deserves. Glenglassaugh uses the highest quality of Scottish barley and traditional distilling methods, our key focus being on quality. While many distilleries have become highly automated. However, in Glenglassaugh, our spirit is still believe in handcraft. We made our whisky by a small, highly skilled team dedicated to creating the highest quality product. We only select the finest casks and slowly mature our precious spirit in our coastal warehouses until it is ready.
1875 – 1960
Glenglassaugh Distillery stands at the edge of Sandend bay, approximately two miles to the west of Portsoy. A local entrepreneur Colonel James Moir built the distillery in 1875. The distillery quickly established a reputation for producing quality whisky and the company prospered. The distillery’s ownership passed to the founder James Moir’s two nephews after his death. They increased production in order to satisfy rising demand for their high quality whisky.
However, following the unexpected death of one of the nephews in 1892, the distillery was sold to Robertson & Baxter who had been a long standing customer. Robertson and Baxter immediately sold the distillery to the Highland Distilleries Company. The distillery’s reputation for producing high quality malt whisky continued to grow. However, a downturn in the whisky industry causes the distillery to close in 1907. Some of the buildings continued to use but the distillation equipment remained silent. During the Second World War, military used several buildings. They use it as a support personnel with the old maltings turned into a bakery.
1960 – 1986
A new production building housing the mashing, fermentation and distillation equipment at Glenglassaugh in 1959 and re-opened Glenglassaugh in 1960. Their aim was to produce a light, whisky with little character for blends in large quantities. It was only after 10 years of running that they discovered that Glenglassaugh whisky was a complex whisky. It is full of character which uses more sparingly in blends than other whiskies which were available.
We undertakes a number of trials over the years to try and change the whiskies character. However, it was without success. Eventually, in 1986, the company decided to close the distillery but to continue to operate the relatively large warehouse on the site. During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the whiskies won awards and international recognition and become sought. They recognized the four managers who oversaw the production during this period as The Managers Legacy Series of single cask whiskies.
In 2007, a group of investors, who were also whisky enthusiasts, were looking for a whisky distillery with heritage and one that produced high quality single malt Scotch whisky. Their trail led them to Glenglassaugh. On the 29th of February 2008, they officially hand the keys over to the newly formed -Glenglassaugh Distillery Company Limited- and a new chapter for this illustrious distillery began. Several months of refurbishing the distillery followed; replacing pipes, pumps and heat exchangers, installing a new boiler and steam heating system, erecting a new chimney and replacing all electrical systems. Thankfully the important process equipment such as the mashtun, the washbacks and the stills were all in working order.
On the 28th of November 2008 Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, started the malt mill for the first mash at Glenglassaugh distillery in 22 years. However, the first mash followed a few days later and the first new spirit ran from the stills on the 4th of December 2008. Moreover, it subsequently filled into cask on the 16th of December 2008. Post 2008 Since that first mash the company has continued to grow, winning awards and gaining new friends and advocates. Our whiskies are available in worldwide specialist retailers.
In 2009. we released three aged whiskies; a 21 Years Old, an Aged over 30 Years and an Aged over 40 Years, as well as two spirit products; The Spirit that dare not speak its name and The Spirit Drink that blushes to speak its name. We launched our first whisky, Glenglassaugh Revival, the re-born distillery in 2012.
Later that year, Glenglassaugh Evolution, matured in ex-Tennessee casks, followed this popular release. In 2013, the BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh distillery with the intention to bring the iconic distillery fully back to life. The first release under new ownership was the 30 Years Old followed by the 40 Years Old.
Glenglassaugh Evolution Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Evolution Glenglassaugh Evolution is created by maturing the whisky in a unique combination of the finest hand-picked ex-Tennessee first-fill whiskey barrels. This expression shows great depth of character and finesse, a harmonious combination of whisky and oak. Bottled at 50%, natural colour and non chill filtered, Evolution represents the heart of Glenglassaughs distinctive personality, and indeed the landscape in which it is set.