Glasgow 1770 Single Malts

Although the revived Glasgow 1770 distillery, brought back to life seven years ago now, is perhaps not new to us, some additions to what was on offer may be something you haven’t tried before. 

The Original Glasgow 1770 single malt is a signature whisky created to honour the heritage of from when the original distillery dates. The focus in restoring what traces back now 251 years has always been on authenticity and quality, and those behind the effort successfully brought back whisky to the vibrant Scottish city, making it Glasgow’s first single-malt, whisky distillery in over 100 years.

With a great group of people running the distillery, they have been creating some fantastic products since this rebirth, in 2014. When you build a highly skilled team and match it with amazing equipment, you are bound to get something special. The 1770 range is created in distinct copper-pot stills named Tara, Mhairi, Margaret, and Frances. Fantastic Scottish barley and the refreshing waters from Loch Katrine do the rest.

There are now three whiskies that make up the 1770 Signature range with The Peated and Triple Distilled Release No. 1 both distinguished complements to The Original.

According to the distillery, The Original is: “Matured in first-fill, ex-bourbon casks (then) finished in virgin oak and non-chill filtered”. The whisky is described as “incredibly smooth, exceptionally fruity and complex” and, in all, “a single malt of sublime quality that continues the rise of a new whisky era in Glasgow”.

Added to this now is “The Peated”.  Along with the already-mentioned benefits that come from using Loch Katrine’s waters and copper-pot stills, this is a whisky that is “crafted with the finest malted barley which has been smoked with the aromatic heather-rich peat of the Scottish Highlands”, then “matured in virgin oak and finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and natural in colour”. The end result is a “smoky, single malt with outstanding character offering vibrant vanilla, rich toffee, dried tobacco, salted caramel and a lingering lasting spice.”

Completing the trio is the Triple Distilled Release No. 1, which the distillery maintains is an “incredibly smooth and complex addition to the Glasgow 1770 signature range”.

Once again this is crafted from the finest malted barley and distilled three times in the distillery’s traditional, copper-pot stills, enhanced by the incredibly pure water of Loch Katrine and then fully matured in virgin-oak casks.

If you have yet to try a tipple from The Glasgow Distillery Company, give one of these a shot! My own preference; a particular fondness towards the Triple Distilled.