Glasgow 1770 – The Original 46% ABV


The Original is Glasgow Distillery’s inaugural expression. It combines concerto malted barley with the Scottish water from Loch Katrine.
A minimum of 72 hours of fermentation combined with a slow distillation, the new make spirit is then matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in virgin American oak barrels.
Bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and natural in colour.

Appearance: Light amber. A decent swirl line forms and loads of medium/thick trails. An abundance of small teardrops and droplets appear after further agitation.

Nose: A good level of ABV, obvious but not overpowering. BBQ’s bananas in caramel with chocolate (the ones in foil), vanilla, Fruit and Nut bar and baking spices. Some subtle orchard fruits, particularly red apple and pear, icing sugar and foam sweets. There’s a wax crayon element too. Some jam-like notes appear after a while, such as blackberry or maybe raspberry jam.

Palate: A pleasant semi-oily mouthfeel and quite a subdued arrival where flavour’s concerned, maybe a little sugar and vegetal element. Further sips reveal vanilla, oak, caramel/brown sugar and that Fruit and Nut bar flavour. A little drying at the back of the tongue together with a gentle black pepper spice tingle. The palate actually seems to mellow as the dram matures with a more vanilla/oak flavour just humming along while a few new elements develop, such as satsuma and lemon drops (maybe?!).

Finish: Medium in length. Black pepper, Werthers Originals, a touch of banana and a black pepper tingle. There’s also an orange note, but it fades quickly.

Overall: Solid.

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