Glenglassaugh The Massandra Connection Red Port Style Finish 45 Years Old Highland Malt Whisky

$2,950 AUD



Glenglassaugh The Massandra Connection Red Port Style Finish 45 Years Old Highland Malt Whisky is an exceptional and rare whisky that showcases the expertise and craftsmanship of Glenglassaugh Distillery. This particular expression is part of the Massandra Connection series, which pays tribute to the historical connection between Glenglassaugh and the Massandra Winery in Crimea. This expression is highly sought-after by whisky collectors and enthusiasts due to its rarity and exceptional quality. Only a limited number of bottles  - 372 in total - were produced, making it a valuable addition to any whisky collection.

The whisky has been aged for an impressive 45 years, allowing it to develop a remarkable depth of flavours and complexity. During its maturation, it has been carefully finished in red port-style casks, imparting additional layers of richness and character to the spirit. This finishing period adds a distinctive touch to the whisky's flavour profile.

In terms of appearance, Glenglassaugh The Massandra Connection Red Port Style Finish has a deep and lustrous amber hue, reflecting its long maturation period. The nose is  a captivating blend of aromatic notes, with hints of ripe fruits, dried berries, and sweet spices. The influence of the red port-style casks brings forth enticing nuances of fortified wine, adding a touch of elegance to the aroma.

On the palate, this whisky is a complex and harmonious experience. The long maturation period allows the flavours to integrate seamlessly, resulting in a smooth and refined mouthfeel. Expect a symphony of flavours such as dark chocolate, dried figs, black cherries, and roasted nuts. The red port-style finishing provides a subtle sweetness and a velvety texture, enhancing the overall taste.

The finish is long-lasting and satisfying. The flavours may linger, revealing additional layers of complexity and leaving a gentle warmth on the palate.

As a rare and limited edition release, this whisky represents the pinnacle of Glenglassaugh's craftsmanship and the legacy of its partnership with the Massandra Winery. It is a true collector's item and a whisky aficionado's dream, offering a unique and memorable tasting experience.

The ownership of the Massandra Winery reverted to Russia from the Ukrainian government with the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, which makes this collection all the more intriguing - and valuable – from an historic perspective.

The Massandra Connection series is available as a complete collection. We have all of bottles number 25 and bottles number 26 in the form of the five bottle collection. The price for that is $11,000 thus giving a substantial discount on the individual bottle price.

This product is located in Australia.


Glenglassaugh Distillery

Glenglassaugh Distillery is about 20 minutes’ drive from the solid country town of Banff. The distillery is on a bluff above a beach of sand and rock and overlooks the small fishing village of Sandend. It is a tranquil place, yet only a few hundred metres from the busy coastal road.

The distillery was built between 1873 and 1875, at a cost of £10,000 by Col. James Moir of the Glenglassaugh Distillery Company, with H. Mathieson as the first manager. Col. Moir ran the distillery with his two nephews until 1892, when it was purchased by Highland Distillers Company Limited. It suffered periods of lengthy closure from 1907 to 1931, and from 1936 to 1959, after which it was completely rebuilt in 1960. Thereafter, the distillery continued to produce whisky until 1986 when it was mothballed. 

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. In 2016 Brown-Forman acquired the Glenglassaugh Distillery alongside The GlenDronach and BenRiach distilleries.

There is a very good profile written by Ian Buxton in “Glenglassaugh: a Distillery Reborn” which appeared in 2010.