Glasgow 1770 Manzanilla Sherry Cask (Unpeated) 59% ABV


A limited edition release of 813 bottles at 59% ABV. A single cask, No. 18/218 is Glasgow Distillery’s unpeated double distilled spirit filled on the 12th of March 2018 into a refill Manzanilla Sherry Butt that was previously used to mature peated single malt scotch whisky.
Bottled on the 25th of July 2023, this is the first release of a Manzanilla Sherry Cask matured single malt from the distillery

Appearance: Copper/tea. An instand semi-oily coating of the inside of the glass when agitated. Many thin to medium trails form as well as quite a chaotic mix of droplets and small beads around the tide mark.

Nose: Sweet BBQ ribs and a little ash, struck match (not too much sulphur though) and cherry wood. Lots of steeped dried fruits and oak, along with a little salinity and vegetal notes. Some leather notes together with a subtle damp basement funk (never a bad thing!). Crispy steak fat cooked in butter and well-salted crispy potato chips!

Palate: A lovely mouthfeel and an immediate smokey/meaty/ashy/salty melding of flavours. The struck match element is present along with sizzling steak fat, bacon and syrup pancakes and salty pork chops, it’s a mixed grill of a dram! A little drying as the dram matures, I’m usually one for big bold drams but I think I actually prefer the slightly more delicate drams such as the Calvados or Tequila. That is lovely though!

Finish: The meaty and ashy elements last a decent length of time, as does the match note. I like the steak flavour that lingers as it’s very moreish. There’s also a growing candies meat flavour that appears late on which is lovely.

Overall: It’s a banging dram but I prefer the more delicate flavour profile of the Calvados and Tequila finishes, I don’t know why, but I do!

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