Glenglassaugh 2011 – Nauticus’ 1st Anniversary!

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Those of you who are local readers will do doubt have heard about Nauticus, the experimental, nautical-themed bar, which gives a big nod towards the history of its neighbourhood, Leith. It’s the brain-child of trade superstars Kyle Jamieson and Iain McPherson (of Panda & Sons and Hoot The Redeemer fame) and after launching last year, they’ve celebrated the bar’s first birthday by releasing a single cask Glenglassaugh because… well… why not?

Kyle Jamieson, co-owner at Nauticus commented: “This single cask Glenglassaugh bottling is a special landmark for us as we celebrate our first birthday. After sampling about 12 single malts from across the Highland region, this Glenglassaugh cask was a clear winner for us and stood out with its fantastic character. Our ethos in Nauticus is to always put Scottish produce and Leith’s rich wine and spirits history under the spotlight. We believe this specific cask captures this perfectly in whisky form.”

Dr. Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Glenglassaugh Distillery, said: “This limited expression is a beautifully layered whisky that has been shaped and nurtured by the distillery’s coastal location and the elements surrounding our warehouses, boasting a delicious contrast of sweet flavour from the Sauternes oak with a hint of saltiness from the North Sea air that breaths into our casks. It’s been fantastic to work with the Nauticus team to bottle a really unique single malt in celebration of one of Scotland’s most exciting bars.”

Glenglassaugh 2011 8yo
Nauticus’ 1st Anniversary
Ex-Sauternes Single Cask #288
275 bottles
56.1% ABV
£64.95 here

Nose: Lots of toffee and runny honey, with fresh bread and cookie dough. Then candied pineapple, lemon fondant, apple skins, and green oak.

Palate: Fresh ginger, rock salt, white pepper, salted caramel, and some spiced sultanas and apricots. There’s vanilla custard, white mice, lemon tart and damp straw too.

Finish: Those tingling, zesty, spices build, along with lemon pith and fresh oak.

Overall: A very stellar, young, single cask whisky. It’s very much a classic Glenglassaugh, with that salty, coastal tinge, along with some creamy citrus and fruity sweetness from the sauternes cask. Very enjoyable, and a great way to celebrate Nauticus’ first birthday. A fantastic milestone, and here’s to many more birthdays, and many more single cask releases.



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