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Glenglassaugh expands private cask sales

Private cask sales were once commonplace in the Scotch whisky industry but fell out of favour in the 1980s and 1990s. On re-opening, Glenglassaugh was approached by consumers internationally to make available private casks and responded with the ‘Octave’ cask offer (50 litres new make spirit at £500).

As MD Stuart Nickerson explains: “To our great delight, demand for the Octave casks has rather taken us by surprise, with the one hundredth cask sale approaching fast. We’ve had persistent requests for larger cask sizes and types, hence the development of the 250 Club which, we think, offers the widest range of cask type of any comparable scheme and, unlike others, guarantees that future bottling costs are included in the price. The 250 Club is thus unique.”

The Glenglassaugh 250 Club cask programme offers an extensive range of cask types and sizes from first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels (approx 190 litres) at £2,500 to Port pipes (approx 580 litres) at £6,500, again for a first fill of new make pot still spirit from Glenglassaugh. All prices include 10 years storage, insurance, a range of gifts and privileges for owners and pre-payment of bottling charges.

“This is a unique offer,” says Nickerson “designed to guarantee price stability and certainty for our customers. All duties and taxes will still have to be paid, other costs including bottling are included. The price also includes a personalised tour and tasting at Glenglassaugh and lunch with a member of the distilling team. It’s a chance to meet the people behind the whisky and discuss your personal requirements for cask maturation.”

Glenglassaugh recently won the two trophies for 30 and 40 year old whisky in the IWSC 2009 competition. The 40 year old whisky also won the award of the best 35-40 year old single malt scotch in Jim Murray's 2010 Whisky Bible.

About Glenglassaugh
The Glenglassaugh Distillery is situated on the Banffshire coast in the North-East of Scotland, close to the small village of Portsoy.
In 1986 the then owners mothballed Glenglassaugh as part of wider cutbacks in production and the distillery has remained silent thereafter. In 2008 The Scaent Group of Amsterdam purchased the distillery and have invested more than £1m to recommence operations.

The refurbishment and reopening of the Glenglassaugh Distillery have been managed by Stuart Nickerson, a renowned whisky expert, who was the sole consultant during the acquisition. Nickerson has worked in the Scotch Whisky industry since 1981 with a significant part of his career being with William Grants, where he was distilleries director. Previously, he managed Highland Park Distillery, Glenrothes and Glenfiddich Distilleries in succession. He was appointed the new MD of the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company in February 2008. Production at Glenglassaugh was restarted November 2008

1 October 2009 - Felicity Murray