Glenglassaugh Peated New Make Spirit – 50%ABV

Highland Region – 50%ABV – 200ml – $29.99

“What’s this,” you say, “a heavily peated Highland malt?”  Yes folks, the fine group at Glenglassaugh are working on some spirit which they are peating at a level of 30 ppm (parts per million).  As a frame of reference, Laphroaig has a peating level of 40 ppm whereas Bunnahabhain has a level of about 5 ppm.  So, 30 ppm is going to give us a nice peaty little Highlander!

Let’s see what this spirit tastes like prior to maturation:

On the nose Water doused campfire.

An old pipe you find that you’re sure you used a lot while in college (if you catch my meaning.  Ok people, a pot pipe.  Wow, it’s been a while!  Seriously.).

Fresh dirt & gardening gloves.

More of that pipe (kind of like the resin from said pipe).

Believe it or not, clean cotton.

On the mouth Bright lemons.

Salty (reminiscent of a very young Ardbeg if it were to have no oak influence).

Malty for sure and the pears that I detected in the Clearac are there.

Ashtray and last night’s cigarette (yet another thing I haven’t done in years but, man, how cool that those memories come back through smell and taste).

Finish Medium long.  More biting than the clearac.

In sum This is going to be quite an interesting Highland malt.  The peat is clear, and bold.

To see Jason of Guid Scotch Drink’s notes, click here.

3 thoughts on “Glenglassaugh Peated New Make Spirit – 50%ABV”

  1. Is there a magical ppm number that once a whisky crosses is considered “heavily peated”? I’d like to see more bottles with the ppm on the label, not necessarily for pissing match but more of a frame of reference. Some craft beers put their IBUs on the label so one knows how hoppy it is, definitly help when making a selection to choose how bitter I want my beer etc. I image it would be good for those not a fan of peat but wanting to try it a way to build up to the peatier ones.

  2. David, brilliant idea! I suppose “heavily peated” is quite subjective (especially when you bring Ardbeg’s Supernova or the Bruichladdich Octomore into the conversation). However, I chose that term as the 30 ppm was so close to the standard Laphroaig at 40 ppm. Also, the peat is just damn bold here!

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