Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated Batch 1 (70cl, 44%)
Distilled using peated barley and matured in tiny octave casks this was one of two releases from Glenglassaugh unveiled in mid-2016.
Master Distiller, Billy Walker, has carefully selected a number of casks to be bottled as the Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated. Using richly peated malted barley as the cereal varietal, this whisky has been matured in octave casks, made from staves of a used cask, that are approximately 1/8th the size of a butt. A smaller cask allows for more interaction between the wood and the spirit, giving the whisky a great depth of flavour in a short period of time.
Situated just north of the Speyside region border, Glenglassaugh is an interesting single malt. So interesting in fact, that it proved difficult for blenders to marry with other whiskies, and it closed down in 1986, deemed surplus to requirements in the era of oversupply in the whisky industry. With the evolution of the single malt market in the years that followed, the distillery made a surprise comeback in 2008 when it was revived by a group of private investors. It then found its feet as part of the Benriach Distillery Company, and is now part of the Brown-Forman stable. Releases from both sides of its 22 year hiatus are very well regarded.