Info: Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic is non chill filtered, with natural colour and at 44% abv.
Colour: Medium golden, ripe straw.
Nose: Sweet and strong, lots of good flavours for your nose to check out. Many of the notes are quite light and sprightly, grassy and somewhat citrusy.
Palate: Lighter introduction to your tongue than you may have suspected from the nose. It’s light, slightly sparkly, gently spiced and there’s sweet tones from both the younger age of the malt, but also the malt and the casks. There’s a boiled sweet thing (or candy if you’re from the US); apples and pears.
Finish: Not the longest finish, although younger oak notes to carry on for quite a long time. Fairly creamy and sweet, with some spices sticking around.
Thoughts: Light but also weighty, and fun with some obvious quality behind it. However the young, toasty oak notes maybe give away the faster than usual maturation, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing mind you. It’s a fairly premium price.
Available: Master of Malt – £55.84
Thanks to Glenglassaugh for the sample.
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