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Glenglassaugh - Revival

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The Glenglassaugh distillery, located just outside the Speyside region had been mothballed for close to 22 years, when in 2008 it changed ownership and restarted production. The appropriately named Revival was the first single malt expression produced after resuming operations.

Interestingly, this expression has been matured in a combination of red wine, and ex-bourbon barrels, then has gone through a second maturation in Oloroso sherry casks

Nose: Marachino cherries, burnt toffee, sweet caramels note all indicate that this whisky is going to be a rich one. 

Palate: Sweetened stewed plumbs, with a creamy toffee punch. Rasins, prunes, and grapes combine beautifully to create a very full-bodied whisky. 

Finish: Full and long, lingering with an aftertaste of hard candies.

Overall: The fairly rare use of red wine casks for ageing has done great things for this whisky. I'd love to get my hands on a cask strength version of this, as its already full and rich profile would just go through the roof with a higher ABV.

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