The Whiskies sampled were:-
- Glasgow Distillery 1770 Cognac Cask Finish
- Glasgow Distillery 1770 The Original Cask Strength
- Glasgow Distillery 1770 Golden Beer Cask Finish
- Glasgow Distillery 1770 Peated Cask Strength
- Glasgow Distillery 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish
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So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and my favourites on the night!
Tasting Notes – Glasgow Distillery 1770 Cognac Cask Finish (52%)
A Small Batch Series release of their Triple Distilled (unpeated) single malt.
This release has been finished in Cognac Casks for two years and six months and bottled at 52% ABV.
Nose: Very citrusy with some lovely orange going on! Then it morphs into toffee, apple and pears with a little vanilla and elderflower to top it all off.
Palate: Cane sweetness with citrus fruits, toffee and a tannin finish, growing in pepper and really quite a strong dryness at the end.
Tasting Notes – Glasgow Distillery 1770 The Original Cask Strength (61.3%)
A double distilled unpeated single malt.
The Original is presented at a natural cask strength of 61.3%.
This year they have taken three casks from their latest Signature Range bottling (46%) and married them together and have bottled the results without reducing the strength.
This is an unadulterated insight into their Original expression, their first distillery style and the whisky that started it all.
Three years in first fill ex-bourbon casks and ten months in virgin American white oak from Kelvin Cooperage in Kentucky.
Nose: A shy nose to this one …. slightly woody with some sugariness that mellows into fruity toffee, buttery with some orange – a fine nose but it makes you work for it!
Palate: Punchy, creamy, fruity palate with cane sugar, toffee apples and bags of spice with a little liquorice. Nothing shy about this palate – Everything seems to be turned up to 11!
Tasting Notes – Glasgow Distillery 1770 Golden Beer Cask Finish (58%)
An unpeated double distilled single malt (a limited edition ‘Small Batch Series’ version of The Original) that has been matured in an Innis & Gunn Golden Beer Cask.
This beer cask was actually a Pedro Ximénez sherry cask that held Innis and Gunn’s Golden Beer for 3 months before they bottled that beer (as a Innis & Gunn PX finish limited edition beer) and they then filled it with their whisky that had already been matured in a first fill ex-bourbon cask for a little over three years.
Nose: Creamy and nutty with mildly caramel aromas and some sweet apple pastry.
Palate: Creamy sweet coffee with apple pastries, spicy with sweetened fruits that’s very attractive indeed.
Tasting Notes – Glasgow Distillery 1770 Peated Cask Strength (60.8%)
Their Glasgow 1770 Peated expression is bottled at cask strength 60.8% ABV.
Their first ever batch of Peated Cask Strength, this has been matured in virgin American white oak for three years and three months and then finished in PX sherry casks for eleven months.
Made with a 50ppm malt from the highlands, this is a big hitting smoky number that showcases the power and might of the peated whisky they make in the distillery.
Nose: This dram looks more like a sherried dram – certainly doesn’t nose like one though!
Pure smokehouse aromas with sweet peat and savoury snacks! Slightly coastal with some BBQ sauce, chocolate and light apple.
Palate: The nose promised and the palate delivered!
Tasting Notes – Glasgow Distillery 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish (53.4%)
A peated single malt finished in Tokaji casks. Their peated spirit initially matured in virgin American white oak for two years and eight months before finishing in these rich and funky Hungarian Tokaji wine casks for a further two years and eight months.
Presented at 53.4%, they have experimented with Tokaji in the past and have loved the influence on their whiskies, this is their first release of a peated whisky finished in Tokaji.
Nose: A sweeter nose than the previous dram with some added syrupy, stewed fruits for good measure. Light smoke and a little menthol with sweet, creamy orange – certainly not your classic peated nose!
Palate: There’s more smoke in the palate with burning embers and BBQ sauce but in addition it’s creamy, chocolatey and fruity with a back taste of Germolene.
My Favourite On The Night
1. 1770 Peated Cask Strength
2. 1770 The Original Cask Strength
3. 1770 Tokaji Cask Finish
Not that I could fault any of them really!
Glasgow Distillery Whiskies are available to buy from these Merchants:-
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