Glenglassaugh Distillery, standing on the Moray Firth coast at the edge of the beautiful Sandend Bay, lay silent and forgotten for over two decades as its heritage stretches back to 1875 when the distillery was founded. This reawakened distillery produces a luscious coastal malt, shaped by the rich abundance of land and sea, giving rolling waves of flavour. Despite being mothballed for over twenty years, the distillery has a history of proven maturation, with award-winning old vintages dating back to the 1960s, and an award- winning range of boutique younger whiskies, released in the years following the distillery’s reopening in 2008.
Glenglassaugh Distillery, at the east end of the beautiful Sandend Bay, was founded by Col. James Moir in 1875. He quickly established a reputation for making quality whisky and the company prospered under his leadership, with his two nephews, until 1892 when Glenglassaugh was purchased by Highland Distillers. The distillery’s reputation for producing high quality malt whisky continued to grow; however, following a downturn in the whisky industry, the distillery was closed in 1907, alongside many others. While malting continued until 1922, it was not until 1960 that the Glenglassaugh Distillery was fully operational again; however, production was short-lived, and in 1986, it fell silent once more.
The distillery sat silent for over 20 years until it was purchased by a group of investors and started production again in December 2008. In 2013, the BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh Distillery with the intention to bring this iconic distillery fully back to life by giving it the investment, commitment and care it deserves. In 2016, Brown-Forman Corporation acquired three single malt distilleries, BenRiach, The GlenDronach, and Glenglassaugh, and in 2017, Rachel Barrie became the new Whisky Maker, bringing more than two decades of industry experience with her.