Visitor centre now built. Booking ahead is essential between November and March. Revival tours (£7.50) at 10.15, 11.45, 1.15 and 2.45 - Monday to Friday April to October. Behind the Scenes (£30) gets you to more of the distillery and tastes of 26yo and 30yo as well as the Revival; Ultimate (£80) adds further parts of the distillery and the 40yo dram. The latter two need to be booked all year round.
My visit to Glenglassaugh Distillery in June 2011 followed a couple of previous visits to the silent distillery in 2005 and 2008. With the distillery back in production next time I was in the area, I booked a tour, and was taken around by Ronnie Routledge.
Glenglassaugh has had a rather chequered history, having been silent for more than half of its life. It was rebuilt in the late '50s to double its capacity, but fell victim to the Whisky recession in 1986 - until 2007 when it was purchased by the Scaent Group, and has since released the first whisky since the revival.
BenRiach Distillery Company who acquired BenRiach in 2004 and Glendronach in 2008 announced they had bought Glenglassaugh in March 2013.
Malt M adness, Undiscovered Scotland, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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Glenglassaugh Distillery is just off the A98 Portsoy to Cullen road, a couple of miles from Portsoy The nearest stations are Huntly (HNT) (19 miles) and Keith (KEH) (15). Live Train Times: HNT, KEH.
National Cycle Route 1 passes through Portsoy, and follows the A98 until a mile before the Distillery.
Glenglassaugh have a big hole in the distillery's stock because of the length of time the distillery was silent (1986 to 2008) before being bought by the present owners.
The first spirit distilled by the new owners became whisky in December 2011, and was bottled in December 2011. Prior to this Glenglassaugh had been selling spirit - initilaly calling it the "The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name". Older whiskies are also available ranging from 21yo to 40yo together with single cask bottlings.
The range of new whisky consists of Revival (46%) and Evolution (57.2%).
Independent bottlings common.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin: (24 miles)
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Glenglassaugh Distillery are available on Flickr.