Glenglassaugh The Massandra Connection Madeira Style Finish 33 Years Old

$2,300 AUD

44.8% 700 ml

The is a rare and limited edition whisky release from the distillery. This expression was matured for 33 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in Massandra Madeira Style wine casks from the Massandra winery. The whisky was distilled in October 1978 and bottled 33 years later in July 2012. This expression is highly sought-after by whisky collectors and enthusiasts due to its rarity and exceptional quality. Only a limited number of bottles  - 437 in total - were produced, making it a valuable addition to any whisky collection.

The Glenglassaugh Massandra Connection Madeira Style Finish is a single malt Scotch whisky that has undergone a finishing period in casks previously used to mature Madeira style wine. Madeira is a fortified wine known for its rich and distinct flavours.

The use of Madeira casks for finishing can contribute unique characteristics to the whisky. Madeira wine often exhibits notes of caramel, toffee, dried fruits, and spices. These flavours infuse into the whisky during the finishing process, adding complexity and depth to its profile. It is common for Madeira-finished whiskies to display a range of flavours such as honey, raisins, figs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. The sweetness and rich fruitiness of Madeira wine can harmonize with the underlying malt whisky, resulting in a well-balanced and flavourful expression.

The Massandra Connection Madeira Style Finish malt whisky offers an intriguing marriage of whisky and Madeira wine flavours. If you appreciate whiskies with rich, fruity, and spicy profiles, this expression is worth exploring.

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.