Glenglassaugh Sandend has been named ‘Whisky of the Year 2023’ by Whisky Advocate magazine in their annual “Top 20 Whiskies of the Year” award with 95 points. The American based magazine released the Top 20 list last week which saw Highland Park Cask Strength Batch 4 also receive 95 points, but Glenglassaugh Sandend, created by Master Blender Rachel Barrie and released in June this year, reportedly won with a ‘nearly unanimous vote’.

Named after the crescent beach of Sandend Bay which is overlooked by the distillery, the expression is matured in bourbon, sherry, and manzanilla casks, bringing luscious waves of tropical sweetness with a touch of sea salt – capturing the coastal elements of Glenglassaugh’s signature style.

Glenglassaugh Distillery is a hidden gem, having laid dormant for over two decades on Scotland’s rugged northeast coastline, until it was re-awakened in 2008. Earlier this year, Master Blender Rachel Barrie introduced a new portfolio, including Glenglassaugh Sandend, inspired by the distillery’s stunning natural surroundings.

Rachel Barrie said, “Glenglassaugh’s spirit is inspired by the truly unique coastal location. A sip of Sandend awakens the senses, transporting you to the north east coast where our warehouses stand against the elements. On the nose, soft, sweet vanilla is drenched in tropical fruit, with chocolate and a touch of sea salt whilst waves of salted-caramel with a burst of pineapple, cherry and grapefruit awaken the palette.

“Receiving this accolade, and joining such an illustrious list of previous winning expressions, and indeed runners up, cements our place at the table amongst industry giants. Next year we will be bottling a number of historic releases, dating back to the 60s and 70s, which is incredibly exciting.”

See the full list of the Top 20 Whiskies here