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Glenglassaugh  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery 1874-1986- Mothballed

Reopened 24 November 2008

Glenglassaugh Scotch Whisky Distillery History

The Glenglassaugh Distillery was built in 1874, located on Craig mills farm, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, by James Moir, a local wine and spirit merchant, in partnership with his nephews Alexander and William Morrison, and local coppersmith, Thomas Wilson. Together they formed the Glenglassaugh Distillery Co


The distillery cost £10,000 to build. The aim was to supply bottled single malt whisky under the label of “James Moir & Alexander Morrison”.


Robertson & Baxter, whisky merchants of Glasgow, quickly became the biggest customer and sold the whisky on for blending to William Teacher & Sons,


Thomas Wilson died in 1883 and James Moir died four years later. Between 1887 and 1892, Alexander Morrison had the distillery re-equipped with new stills, washbacks, elevators and barley separators.


On the death of his brother William Morrison in 1892, Alexander sold the distillery to their long time customers Robertson & Baxter; they sold it on later that year to the Highland Distilleries Co Ltd for £15,000.


Production in 1898 was 110,000 gallons but fell back with the decline in demand to 28,000 gallons in 1907 and as a result the plant was mothballed in 1908.


The distillery was briefly reopened in 1931 however was mothballed again in 1936; Finally the distillery was completely renovated and re-equipped over the1956 to 60 period.


Mothballed again in 1986, as the demand for the particular whisky made by the distillery was low, though the warehouses continued to be used for maturing stock.


The whisky produced by the distillery was mainly used for blending and was used in the Famous Grouse, Laing’s, and Cutty Sark blends.


A change of ownership in 2008 has seen the distillery re-furbished with an investment of more than £1m, and Glenglassaugh has reopened with a distinguished distilling team, once again producing a renowned spirit.


Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings



Torfa Peated Style

Rare Cask Release

30 year old, 40 year old,

Massandra Connection



Glenglassaugh New Spirit

The Spirit Drink that dare not speak its name - 50cl, 50%ABV, Limited release of 8,160 numbered bottles.

The Spirit Drink that blushes to speak its name - 50cl, 50%ABV, Limited release of 8,000 numbered bottles


Glenglassaugh previous owners distilation present owners Distillery Bottlings 

Glenglassaugh Highland Single Malt Whisky  21 Year Old  46%ABV,

Limited release of 8,700 numbered bottles


Glenglassaugh Highland Single Malt Whisky - 30 year old 70cl, 55.1%ABV, Single Cask bottling, 400 bottles.


Glenglassaugh Highland Single Malt Whisky - 40 year old 70cl, 44.6%ABV, Single Cask bottling, 225 bottles


Choosen Few- Single cask releases,each bottling chosen by a different member of the team

Release No1 -Ronnie Routledge 35yo 49.6%


The Massandra Connection

Aleatico Finish 1973 50.7%

Madeira Style Finish 1978  44.8%

Muscat Finish 1973 44.1%

Red Port Style Finish 1967 45yo 50.2%

Sherry Style Finish 1972 39yo 53.3%


Rare Cask Series 36 years old 49.2%


Master Distiller's Select 1983 28yo 49.8%


Manager's Legacy Release No.3 - Bert Forsyth 1968 44.9%


Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings Previous owners

Glenglassaugh “Family Silver” 25 Year Old


Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings

Berry's Own Selection


Dewar Rattray


Mission (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask  (Douglas Laing),

Platinum (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),


Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).


Glenglassaugh Distillery New Owners Distilations


The Spirit Drink that dare not speak its name

Age: Unaged Volume: 50cl Strength: 50% abv

Limited Release: 8,160 bottles

This is a bottling of the spirit produced from one mash at Glenglassaugh Distillery. It is light and fruity on the nose, with a spicy yet sweet palate.

This spirit works equally well served on its own with a splash of water, or mixed.


The Spirit Drink that blushes to speak its name

Age: 6 Months Volume: 50cl Strength: 50% abv

Limited Release: 8,000 bottles

Blush has been maturing in ex-Californian red wine casks for 6 months. As well as picking up a striking rosé hue, this spirit has developed a nose reminiscent of strawberry jam and sweet pastries. Soft spices on the palate with a slightly dry finish. Again, this spirit can be drunk on its own or with a mixer.

Glenglassaugh Distillery



AB45 2SQ


Back in Production

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Glenglassaugh Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: A whiff of sea breeze and intricate citrus fruit.


Palate: Rich and fruity, especially oranges, raisins, spices, a warming maltiness.


Finish: Long and luxurious.

Glenglassaugh Whisky Glenglassaugh Whisky Review

Founded in 1874 by James Moir

Location Speyside region Devron District. Banff

Water source Glassaugh Spring



Returned to production November 2008