This particular peated Glenglassaugh and I had a rather unpleasant 1st experience two years ago…. hence I deliberately decided to keep an open mind to try again and see – better, ok or gasp! worse??
What did we think of the Glenglassaugh Torfa 50%?
- Nose – Smoke – quite acrid then more ash, cured meat, salty, sour, dish rag
- Palate – Sweet, oily, a bit chewy, then peat, a little cinnamon spice slipped in and it became increasingly sweet
- Finish – Like chewing on a cinnamon stick, dry, peat
As we found Evolution benefited from being set aside and revisiting, we did the same with the Torfa. All we got was peat, sweet and spice.
In principal I like the idea of having a nearly cask strength whisky i.e. 50%. I also enjoy a good peated whisky too.
And.. at least this time I didn’t get cleaning solvent as I did back in 2015!!
Perhaps I need to wait another 2 years… or more… and see what these folks come up with.
However, for now, while happy to revisit and certainly not the disaster I remember from two years ago, it simply isn’t my kinda dram and I’m not going to be running out to buy anything from Glenglassaugh anytime soon.
What do the folks over at Glenglassaugh have to say?
At Glenglassaugh, in addition to the traditional production, we also produce a very limited quantity of whisky using richly peated malted barley as the cereal varietal. The malted barley has been dried in the traditional way, over peat infused kilns, giving the whisky its unique smoky flavour. Glenglassaugh ‘Torfa’, with its peaty, phenolic nature, is a unique expression, and is quite different to the usual style of whisky produced in the Highlands.
- Colour: Gleaming yellow gold.
- Nose: Vivid, sweet, sooty campfire smoke and sea air infuses zest of lime, apricot jam and ripe soft fruits; all gently warmed by hints of stem ginger and cracked black pepper.
- Palate: An eloquent, sweet coastal peat smoke engulfs candied peel over melon, pineapple and roasted red apples. Oat biscuits, hints of heather honey and a gentle cigar box spice all combine to give a terrific balance to the expressive smoky character.
- Finish: A heady, yet elegant, harmony of distinct coastal peat and striking spiced fruit flavours.
What else did we try in our miniatures session?
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