Glasgow 1770 Tequila Cask Finish (Triple Distilled) 55.3% ABV


This is the second Tequila cask finished single malt from the Glasgow Distillery, but the first was using its double-distilled unpeated whisky, so this is the first release with its triple-distilled unpeated single malt has gotten this treatment. The spirit was filled on 3 February 2018 into a first-fill bourbon cask and then laid to rest for two years and six months in a Tequila cask. On 27 June 2023, a total of 272 bottles were filled at 55.3% ABV.

Appearance: White wine. A micro-bead-encrusted tide mark quickly forms. Several thick legs form and seep to towards the surface. The film is nice and oily and coats the glass for some time. After a while an upside-down crown of teardrops forms around the inside of the glass.

Nose: Quite light on the alcohol. Tequila! It actually has a tequila aroma. Vegetal sugar (if that makes sense?!), dare I say “a little floral soapy”? Lemon Meringue Pie biscuit base (digestives and butter). Some citrus zest comes through after a while adding balance against the vegetal notes.

Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel. Sweeter on arrival than I thought it would be. A little black pepper spice warmth along with granulated sugar, red berries and a pleasant tingling in the mouth. The vegetal element shows up a little after a few sips, quite earthy and natural. The more I sip this one, the sweeter it gets. It’s one of those rare drams where I prefer the palate to the nose instantly.

Finish: The earthy sugar notes and hot aniseed last for a decent length of time. There’s also an orange note lingering in the background too.

Overall: A lovely pour and one that I believe would really open up and develop during the lifecycle of the bottle. Great balance of flavours and aromas and some unique elements. It has an obvious premium tequila influence.

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