This review is the sequel to yesterday’s post. Yesterday we covered the 2 unpeated wood finishes from Glenglassaugh distillery and today we’ll check out the two peated expressions in the Glenglassaugh wood finishes series.
There’s a virgin oak finish and a Port wood finish which piqued my interest as I reviewed the Glendronach (sibling distillery) Peated Port finish only last week and as far as I could see, they have the same color too, so I was interested to see what difference there is between the two.
Nose: Very sweet at first. Sweet peat with sweet oak spices, vanilla and dried coconut flakes. After a minute there’s clean smoke but when left to its own devices for a little while more there’s sea breeze on hot wood deck, honeyed fruits: peaches and apricots.
Palate: Peat smoke, sweet, dry and clean. A tad ashy in the throat. Sweet spicy oak and honey with a bit of coconut. After a few minutes a short burst of fruitiness and then sweet vanilla and honey.
Finish: Medium length, peat smoke, sweet honey and a touch of vanilla, fruitiness and lingering spicy oak.
Thoughts: A sweet whisky with a nice touch of wood influence but not much fruitiness nor coastal flavours on the palate. A solid offering but it wouldn’t be something I’d drink on a regular basis.
Nose: Similar port influence as the Glendronach Port finished (are you really surprised?), strawberry and cranberries, but also chalky and mossy with a touch of salt. Then comes the smoke along with sour hard candies fruitiness and honey. After a few minutes, it’s mostly a peat and honey offering with red fruit in the back ground.
Palate: Sweet honey and red berries (but less well defined than the Glendronach), creamy, mellow peat smoke and weak pepper.
Finish: Medium length, cream, subtle peat smoke, honey and red berries.
Thoughts: Quite similar to the Glendronach peated Port finish but has a bit of ‘dirtiness’ to it comparing to the Glendronach which makes it a tad better in my opinion. But the truth is that I’d take the unpeated Port finish (reviewed yesterday) over this one any day.