Visitor centre now built. Booking ahead is essential between November and March. Revival and Drivers (take a sample home) tours (£5) at 10.00, 11.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00 - Monday to Sunday May to September, Monday to Friday rest of year. The Behind the Scenes tour (£35) gets you to more of the distillery - it needs to be booked in advance.
Bottle your own facility available.
Silent Season from mid July until mid August when photography is allowed inside the mash and still areas and a view into one of the Dunnage Warehouses (both not allowed during production for Health & Safety reasons).
My visit to Glenglassaugh Distillery in June 2011 followed a couple of previous visits to the silent distillery in 2005 and 2008.
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 bought Glenglassaugh in 2013. They in turn were bought by Brown-Forman (owners of Jack Daniel) in 2016
Malt Madness, 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.
Glassaugh Station closed in 1953, and the line between Portsoy and Cullen in 1968, 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 30yo to 51yo together with single cask bottlings.
The range of new whisky consists of Revival (46%); Torfa (peated - 46%); Evolution (50%); and Octaves Classic/Peated at 44%, using smaller casks to accelerate maturation.
Independent bottlings fairly common.
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.