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Batch 3 rare casks released by Glenglassaugh

Brown-Forman has released Batch 3 from Glenglassaugh Distillery's Rare Vintage Cask collection. Each cask was distilled between 1965 and 1986.

The release follows Glenglassaugh’s new Wood Finish range, which showcases developments at the distillery since its 2008 revival.

Glenglassaugh master blender, Rachel Barrie, says: “The eight casks bottled as Glenglassaugh’s rare casks Batch 3 are perfect illustrations of the distillery prior to mothballing in 1986. Aged in oak for between 30 and 50 years, each cask in the series has a unique profile shaped by decades of maturation in our coastal warehouses.

"Rare Casks Batch 3 embodies the sweet and syrupy coastal character for which Glenglassaugh is renowned. From astonishing ripe tropical fruit and caramelised oak in the 1965 hogshead to deep dark fruits of currants, dates and sultanas in the 1968 Pedro Ximenez puncheon; and luscious wild honey, yellow pear and caramelised grape skin in the 1975 Sauternes barrique; each rare cask in Batch 3 highlights the hallmark traits of Glenglassaugh’s syrupy coastal sweetness, spiced by decades spent in oak, by sea and by land. These rare casks embody the richest elements of our motto ‘Per Mare Per Terras’ and I look forward to sharing these with whisky enthusiasts everywhere.”

Included in the range are eight expressions including:

1965 Cask #3510 – Hogshead – 50 Years Old 40.1% ABV
1967 Cask #1114-1 – Hogshead – 49 Years Old 42.7% ABV
1968 Cask #2230 – Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon – 47 Years Old 46.1% ABV
1972 Cask #1721 – Massandra Sherry – 44 Years Old 42.4% ABV
1973 Cask #5638 – Bourbon Barrel – 42 Years Old 40.6% ABV
1975 Cask #1277-1 – Sauternes Hogshead – 47 Years Old 50.5% ABV
1978 Cask #2343 – Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon – 38 Years Old 42.5% ABV
1986 Cask #1393 – Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon – 30 Years Old 42.6% ABV

1 December 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor