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Issue 105 - A Real Revival

Whisky Magazine Issue 105
July 2012


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A Real Revival

Ian Buxton looks at the resurrection of a distillery

It's a fair bet that Glenglassaugh has had more publicity in the last three years than in the whole of the rest of its history.

And why not? It's not every distillery that comes back from the dead and is able to turn a profit in half the time the owners had expected. While some of that may be accounted for by single malt Scotch's recent fashionability, a lot is down to the team's hard work and a string of interesting releases.

Let's not forget that Glenglassaugh has played its own small part in building what we may just come to see as a purple patch for whisky.

Let's turn the clock back to Thursday 4th December 2008; a date that I won't forget for a very long time.

It will live long in Glenglassaugh's memory too, because this was the culmination of more than €1m of investment – the moment when the very first new make spirit ran from the refurbished stills. I was there, watching a very tense Stuart Nickerson (MD) and Graham Eunson (then Manager) and their carefully feigned nonchalance as the stills came ‘on spirit'. They were trying to look relaxed but, in truth, this was a tense moment for them.

They needn't have worried: the new make spirit nosed cleanly, with a delightful grassy quality and held the promise of a fine and delicate single malt after due maturation.

At that time I had recently finished some consulting work with Glenglassaugh (to be clear, Ian has no continuing relationship with the distillery – Editor.) Just as the distillery came alive my work w...

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