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Banffshire Coast News

Distillery scoops award at premier dram contest
Dec 30th 2015

Glenglassaugh Distillery's 30-year-old has won a bronze medal at one of the most important whisky competitions in the calendar.

The malt enjoyed success at the annual Malt Maniacs competition.  There were a total of 12 other medals for BenRiach and GlenDronach whiskies, which are part of the same group.

The Malt Maniacs are a worldwide group of whisky lovers made up of amateur connoisseurs and profssional whisky writers, with the judging panel drawn from the group's amateur ranks.  The Maniacs have been conducting their annual competitions since 2003 and it has evolved into one of the most important and independent whisky competitions in the whisky calendar.

As well as winning these coveted Malt Maniacs medals, the organisation has won a further 10 medals at the IWSC awards, announced record profits and a major £25 million investment, and they became the Global Whisky Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Whisky awards.  The single cask releases represent the most exclusive whiskies from their warehouse.

A dram fine achievement
Aug 7th 2015

Glenglassaugh Distillery near Portsoy has scooped a gold medal for its 30 Years Old single malt whisky at this year's International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) - an internationally recognised badge of quality.  The local firm also picked up silver medals for its Revival, Torfa and Evolution expressions.

The Glenglassaugh 30 Years Old was the first release from the distillery after BenRiach took over the distillery in 2013, and has been critically acclaimed in all the company's markets.

Owners BenRiach Distilery Company won 10 medals in total, including 2 gold and 4 silver outstanding, across its three brands, which also include GlenDronach and BenRiach.  Rounding off the excellent performance at the awards, the company was again shortlisted for the 2015 UK Spirits Producer award.

It is a huge achievement for a small independent to make the UK spirits producer shortlist in the company of global companies.

Glenglassaugh Owners named Distillers of the Year
Dec 18th 2014

The Edinburgh-based owners of the award-winning Glenglassaugh distillery have been named as Scotland's distillers of the year by the industry's highly influential "Whisky Magazine".

The BenRiach company has been awarded the highly coveted Icons of Whisky 2015 accolade.  The award recognises the people and places behind Scotland's great whiskies and celebrates companies and individuals for their significant contribution to the Scotch whisky industry. 

The company is currently trading in some 40 countries worldwide with other emerging markets entering the negotiation stage - so the future for all of their brands is tremendously exciting.

All 3 of the company's distilleries produce unique whiskies with extraordinary depth, balance and character. 

Distillery raises a glass to competition success
Aug 7th 2014

Glenglassaugh Distillery won an outstanding gold medal for its 30-year-old malt at this year's International Wine and Spirits Competition.

The distillery, owned by BenRiach Distillery Company, also received a gold for its 40-year-old malt, an outstanding silver medal for its Torfa brand, and silver medals for its Evolution and Revival expressions.

The International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world.  It exists to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products.

Judging for the competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges.  Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

Guide shines a light on our secret stills
Jun 12th 2014

Three local distilleries feature in a new guide - "The Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire" - which highlights the North-east's hidden distillery treasures.

Macduff Distillery, Portsoy's Glenglassaugh Distillery and the Glendronach Distillery near Aberchirder are among the new Aberdeenshire guide's "active and lost" whisky producing facilities.

"The Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire" provides a wonderful insight into the whisky heritage of our region.  Of the 8 working distilleries featured in the guide, most are relatively small in scale, but each has its own distinctive history, style and taste.  4 have small visitor centres and shops, offering regular tours led by guides; while 3 of the featured distilleries are not officially open to the public, informal tours can be organised.

Copies of the guide are now widely available free at each of the featured distilleries, at local visitor information centres, with details also available online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Glenglassaugh Distillery raises a glass to new malt
Apr 15th 2014

Portsoy's Glenglassaugh Distillery has launched a new richly peated Highland single malt that will now be part of its core range along with Revival and Evolution.

Glenglassaugh Torfa, with its smoky, peaty, phenolic nature, is a unique expression and quite different to the usual type of whisky produced in the Highlands.

Torfa is described as having a brooding, edgy character and is to be found at the darker end of the spectrum.  Its name takes its inspiration from the Old Norse language with which the Scots dialect spoken in North-east Scotland has an affinity, and translates to "turf" or "peat".

 

Banffshire Dram Hailed as "Perfection"
Mar 5th 2014

A single malt from the Glenglassaugh Distillery has been hailed in the 2014 edition of expert Jim Murray's "Whisky Bible".

The Distillery's 39-year-old Massandra collection Aleatico won the 35-40 years single cask award with 96.5 points out of 100.

Jim Murray described the whisky as "perfection - one of the few whiskies this year which has made me sit bolt upright in my seat.  Whisky of the very rarest beauty and one of the finest to land on my tasting desk for a great many years."

 

Glenglassaugh releases new single malt
Dec 10th 2013

Portsoy's Glenglassaugh Distillery continues to grow with the release of a 40-year old single malt whisky.

With an initial run of about 800 bottles, the single malt will be an on-going product in the distillery's range.

Founded in 1875 by local entrepreneur James Moir, Glenglassaugh has stocks dating back to 1963, and the distillery was mothballed in 1986.  It re-opened in 2008, and was taken over by BenRiach earlier this year.

In August, the owners released their first Glenglassaugh bottling - a 30 year-old single malt - and the new 40 year-old continues the distillery's ability to merge tropical fruits with sherry and oak spice.

The new owners have inherited some astonishingly fine whisky at Glenglassaugh, and they are delighted to launch their second expression almost nine months after taking over the distillery.  There is very strong demand for Glenglassaugh whiskies around the world.

Glenglassaugh Distillery releases new malt
Sep 5th 2013

The Benriach Distillery Company, which bought Glenglassaugh in March, has released its first new bottling from the Portsoy distillery since the takeover - a 30-year-old single malt.

Glenglassaugh 30YO was unveiled recently - a 44.8% volume single malt described as a "magnificent and very special Highland single malt" - amber in colour, with a rich, complex and full nose featuring luxurious tropical fruits of peach, mango and banana, complemented with sultanas, sherry and gentle oak spice.

This release is the first of a number of planned developments in response to strong demand for Glenglassaugh in global markets.

Beaches keep places on top Seaside Awards list
Jun 15th 2013

Banff's showpiece Links beach and Sandend beach near Portsoy have retained their standing among Scotland's top 59 bathing beaches.

Both picturesque and highly popular beaches have again been listed in the 2013 Scottish Seaside Awards by the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Banff Links and Sandend were among almost 30 beaches in the North and North East of Scotland which were commended for excellent litter management, bathing safety procedures and water quality.

Glenglassaugh's Latest Addition to the Chosen Few Range
Dec 20th 2012

A new single cask bottling has been released by Portsoy's Glenglassaugh Distillery as part of an unusual scheme where staff receive the keys to the warehouse to search out their favourite dram.

The bottling is part of the Banffshire distillery's Chosen Few Range - the first in the series was released in November 2011 as the choice of account manager, Ronnie Routledge.  This time, production manager Mhairi McDonald has opted for a single malt aged in a bourbon barrel.  Only 275 bottles of Mhairi's Chosen Few are available for release.  In addition to choosing her own favourite expression, Mhairi was also asked to develop tasting notes to accompany it. 

The Chosen Few Range is special in that it enables each member of staff to choose a cask of  Glenglassaugh which not only expresses the distillery's style, but their own as well. 

Mhairi's Chosen Few is available from all whisky retailers or the Glenglassaugh Distillery online retail shop at www.glenglassaugh.com.

Launch of exclusive new single-malt Scotch whisky
Nov 18th 2012

Glenglassaugh Distillery has launched an exclusive new single-malt Scotch whisky. 

The limited-edition malt, named "Evolution", has been matured in bourbon casks and has a totally different set of characteristics from "Revival", the previous release from the distillery, located near Portsoy.  The bottling has extended to only 6,000 bottles, which have been hand-filled.  The feedback from pre-launch tastings in Dufftown, London and Germany has been fantastic.  As it is a limited-edition product which has matured in casks sourced from a distillery in Tennessee, Glenglassaugh are confident of a complete sell-out within a relatively short period.  Glenglassaugh intend to develop "Evolution" in future with a range of different wood styles; the next release is due in 2013. 

"Revival", the first single malt to roll off the production line since the relaunch of Glenglassaugh in 2008 - the most coastal mainland distillery in Scotland - has exceeded all expectations since its release in April 2012. 

New Unique Malt Whiskies Developed
Sep 24th 2012

Glenglassaugh Distillery has continued its resurgence by creating five unique malt whiskies as part of a deal with a world-renowned winery.  The Distillery has joined forces with Massandra (based in the Crimea) to create a single cask series, with each of the five whiskies given their own unique characteristics and flavour after being finished in casks previously used for maturing fine wine.  Only 1349 bottles have been produced from the five casks which were used to produce the selection which is called The Massandra Connection.

This is the first time that a distillery has been able to use Crimean wine casks in this process.  Previously, the Massandra Winery would use their casks until physical exhaustion and this is the firsrt time that they have allowd the casks to be used outside of the winery.

Massandra is the oldest winery in the Crimea and has been producing fine wines for more than 110 years, winning international acclaim for their exceptional quality.

New Whisky Visitor Centre Opened
Sep 24th 2012

Glenglassaugh Distillery has launched its new visitor centre, including a cafe, tasting room and shop.  Although the distillery has been taking pre-booked tours since its re-launch in 2009, this is the first time it has been able to open to the public.  The old revenue and customs office has been transformed into a tasting room,with the former staff office providing space for the retail space and a cafe.  All of the work has been done by the company's own in-house maintenance team.  The centre will initially open from Monday to Friday.   

Glenglassaugh Distillery toasts success
Jul 30th 2012

Staff at Glenglassaugh Distillery, Portsoy, are toasting success this week after winning a gold award for their 45-year-old single malt.

The whisky, which is part of the distillery's Rare Cask series, took the top award in the International Wine and Spirit Competition held at the Innholders' Hall in the City of London.

Judges praised its taste and texture.

Banff Links and Sandend beaches secure coveted Award
Jun 11th 2012

The beach at Banff Links has secured the coveted Rural Seaside Award Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful for the 6th successive year, while nearby Sandend beach has received it for a third year in a row.  They were among 9 Aberdeenshire beaches to receive the acclaim from the country's leading charity for the environment.  The award, given annually, recognises high standards of cleanliness, safety and water quality.  There has never been a better time to enjoy local Aberdeenshire beaches.  A map showing all the award-winning beaches with descriptions, directions and facilities, can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal, along with an option for people to rate their favourite.

Funding Delivers First Major Results
Feb 16th 2012

The first elements of ground-breaking marketing initiatives for the Banffshire Coast area have now been launched.  The website now contains a new section focusing on one of the area's key attractions, Dolphins and Marine Life, as well as ideas for Great Days Out along our coastline.  These features will make it easy for visitors to find useful information not only about the wildlife, but also about the best viewing points and the range of marine attractions to visit.  The three Marine and Wildlife Itineraries provide ideas for great days out along the coastline, giving visitors lots of reasons to spend time here, whether one day, a few days or longer.  In March, the new Area Guide will be launched.

New! Mobile website for the Banffshire Coast
Nov 3rd 2011

Great news for the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership. Our new mobile website is now live on-line, and available to all who use their mobile phones to access the internet.

This is the future! It means that folk in their cars, or in the street can find out where to go, where to shop, where to eat, where to stay etc in our area, just with a few clicks on their mobiles.

The Banffshire Coast mobile website includes some minor mods to make it easier to use and to read on small  phone screens.

Thanks go to our IT gurus at blue square for creating it.

If you don’t have an internet enabled  phone, you can get a look at the mobile website on:  http://m.banffshirecoast.com/  To see how it actually  looks on a phone screen, make your viewing window much narrower. (Of course, it is much smaller on a phone too.)

Banffshire Coast Tourist Group Awarded Promotional Boost
Sep 30th 2011

Banffshire Coast Tourist Partnership were recently awarded £35,000 funding from a combination of the Rural Tourism Business Support project, the VisitScotland Growth Fund and Aberdeenshire Council.

Over the next 18 months, tourism businesses along the Banffshire Coast will have the opportunity to participate in several significant marketing initiatives, thanks to a recent funding award of £35,000.

The funding, from a combination of the Rural Tourism Business Support project, the VisitScotland Growth Fund and Aberdeenshire Council, will enable the Banffshire Coast Tourism Group to further develop and market the Banffshire Coast as a highly attractive visitor destination.

Roger Goodyear, Chair of the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership, commented: "This award is a fantastic opportunity to promote our area to both first time and returning visitors, and follows on from a very successful short marketing campaign run at the beginning of this year which resulted in visits to our website (www.banffshirecoast.com) rising by more than 1500%."

The four marketing initiatives fall under two themes - Outdoor and Ancestral.  A full-colour 48-page pocket Area Guide, to be distributed throughout Scotland and the Banffshire area, will contain high-quality imagery and editorial content to encourage both visits to and wider exploration of the area.  The other three initiatives will focus on the area's strengths of Marine Life, Walking and Birdwatching, and Ancestral.  They will all involve a combination of activities, including the creation of new sections for the website, e-flyer campaigns to targeted market segments, PR trips and familiarisation visits, as well as social media campaigns.  All four initiatives will provide tourism businesses in the area excellent opportunities to advertise their own individual offering.

Roger Goodyear commented further:  "The Banffshire Coast has a wide range of tourism attractions and services, but these have never been brought together in a way which is 'visitor friendly'.  The planned campaigns will draw all of these elements together in one place and promote comprehensive packages and itineraries to those with these specific interests - for the very first time.  We will be showing visitors just how they can spend their time in our area - whether one day, a few days or longer.  By focussing on the web and social media, we will be able to achieve more significant results than the traditional advertising routes which are out of the reach of our budget, as well as utilising the most up-to-date promotional tools.  We are very grateful to our 3 funding partners - without whom we would not be in a position to make this step change in tourism on the Banffshire Coast."

For more information, please contact:  Zillah Jamieson, Director, Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership Limited; 01542 840314; zillahj@btinternet.com

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