Happy Halloween! I love Halloween so here is a quick bonus Thursday review on the Glenglassaugh Torfa. Glenglassaugh is a highland whisky founded by Col. James Moir in 1875. The distillery stopped producing whisky in 1986 and after it sat silent for 20 years, BenRiach Distillery took over in 2013 bringing the distillery back to life.
I had the chance to taste this whisky during a Boston Women Who Whisky event last week at The Quiet Few in East Boston with their awesome Brand Ambassador Becky Gardiner. She educated us about the brand, answered all our questions and made sure were all having a great time but most importantly, she took the time to hear our thoughts on each of the expressions presented.
Out of the whiskies we sampled this night, Glenglassaugh Torfa happened to be my favorite of the lot. The chef paired this whisky with a Simple Smash Burger: 5 oz Whisky Marinated Flat Top Pattie, American & Cheddar Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce, Pickles, Shaved Onion and Tomato. He literally knocked it out of the park with this paring. It was thoughtful and absolutely delicious.
Nose: fruit, smoke, pepper and ginger
Palate: peat smoke, spices, apples, honey and oats
Finish: peat and fruit
Cost: $69 (depending on where you buy)
Yes, it is a peaty whisky, but I found the peat to be different than the Islay peat. The smoke is not overwhelming but rather mellow and soft. Those smoke notes are balanced with notes of sweetness from the honey and then the fruit.
I loved this whisky! I was so completely surprised and blown away by it. I was so happy it was something I had the chance to try because I don’t think I would have had it not been because of this event. It’s a delicious whisky that is smooth and absolutely worth every penny.
This whisky would be a perfect option for those who prefer peated whiskies to be on the lighter fruity side. I would absolutely recommend trying it and it’s definitely a whisky I will be looking to add to my collection.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.