Glasgow 1770 Peated Release No.1 (2019)

The Whisky:-

The first peated release from The Glasgow Distillery, utilising Scottish concerto barley that has been smoked to 50pm using aromatic heather-rich peat, distilled slowly in their traditional copper pot stills, Glasgow 1770 Peated Release No.1 was matured in Oloroso sherry butts before a finishing period in virgin American white oak. Their subsequent Peated releases tweaked this maturation, so this sample is something that is now difficult to come by and is a real piece of the distillery’s history.


The Distillery:-

The Glasgow Distillery is a renowned distillery that has gained international praise for its exceptional craftsmanship in producing a premium range of spirits, including single malt scotch whisky, blended malt scotch whisky, rum, vodka and gin. Situated on the outskirts of the city in a contemporary industrial setting, the distillery is deeply rooted in the city’s rich history and tradition of whisky-making, while also embracing innovation and a forward-thinking approach.

Founded in 2012 by friends Mike Hayward, and Liam Hughes, The Glasgow Distillery quickly established itself as a pioneer in the revival of whisky production within the city lines of Glasgow. Prior to its establishment, Glasgow had been without a new independent single malt whisky distillery for over a century, making the company’s founding a significant milestone in the region’s whisky heritage.

Using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, the distillery is producing an outstanding range that honours both the past and present. Whilst whisky is at the forefront of their production, their range of spirits helps showcase their versatility and commitment to crafting high-quality products across different categories.

Meet the Brands

Demonstrating their ethos, throughout all the brands at Glasgow Distillery you’ll find pieces of Glasgow’s history, Glasgow’s stories, and Glasgow’s people. Their brands are: Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Makar Gin, Malt Riot Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Banditti Club Rum and G52 Botanical Vodka.

Glasgow 1770 is their signature single malt scotch whisky that honours the heritage of single malt distilling in Glasgow by using the date 1770, paying homage to the original foundation of Glasgow Distillery before its closure in the 20th Century.

Makar Gin is a juniper-led, handcrafted small-batch Scottish gin of the highest quality. The name derives from the ancient Scots word for a ‘poet’ — a maker of verse; which embodies the craft and attention that their team of distillers devote to each and every bottle.

Malt Riot Blended Malt Scotch Whisky tells the tale of the people of Glasgow who came together for what they believed in. Referencing the 1725 Malt Riots when the British Government attempted to impose a tax on Scotland’s malted barley, Malt Riot is a blend of handpicked single malts from across Scotland with Glasgow 1770 at its heart.

Banditti Club Rum is named after a company of bold rogues who would meet in Glasgow’s local public houses; sharing music, food and laughter late into the night. Made without any additional colouring, flavouring, and with no added sugar, Banditti Club Glasgow Spiced Rum is an all-natural heavily spiced rum that captures the energy, passion, and vitality of the original Banditti Club. Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice on the island of Madeira, Banditti Club is aged at The Glasgow Distillery in fresh white oak casks for over a year before spicing with fresh, natural ingredients.

G52 Botanical Vodka is the distillery’s handcrafted Scottish vodka made using a range of carefully considered botanicals to create a complex and sophisticated spirit. G52 is distilled with natural and fresh ingredients with no artificial flavours, sweeteners or colour added to the process. The G52 Botanical Vodka range, consisting of a Fresh Citrus and a Rich Coffee expression, has been deliberately developed to explore multiple flavour profiles; catering to various palates and encouraging adventurous cocktail experimentation.

Creating an award-winning Single Malt Whisky

Throughout the whisky production process, The Glasgow Distillery take great pride in their attention to detail, sourcing only the finest ingredients, and utilising Glasgow’s natural pure water supply from Loch Katrine. With flavour at the forefront, they ferment for over 72 hours, distil in small copper pot stills, and then carefully age in various cask types, resulting in whiskies that give rich flavours, complexity, and character.

The distillery splits its whisky production year into three distinct periods based on the three different styles of new make spirit they produce: double distilled unpeated, double distilled peated, and triple distilled unpeated. By creating three different styles of new make spirit, they create three very different spirit profiles – both in flavour and texture. These profiles are the foundation upon which they release their range of single malt whiskies, giving them a wide spectrum of flavours for their whisky portfolio each year.

These three styles form the foundation of the distillery’s single malt range: Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky The Original, Triple Distilled and Peated. Throughout the year the distillery also releases several Glasgow 1770 Small Batch Series bottlings that showcase the experimental side of their maturation strategy; past releases include Tequila, Tokaji, Cognac, and beer cask finishes across their range of whisky production styles.

Driven by a passion for excellence, a respect for tradition, and an innovative spirit, The Glasgow Distillery continues to push boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on the whisky and spirits industry. Through their dedication to craftsmanship, commitment to sustainability, and an unwavering pursuit of perfection, they have firmly established themselves as a leading light in the spirits industry, celebrated both locally and internationally.


If you are a Whisky Pioneer subscriber, we hope you enjoyed this whiskey as much as we did. If you’re not yet a subscriber, and you’d like to explore exceptional whisk(e)y with us, join today to receive a 5/6cl bottle every month. Find out about our better bottles and how it works here.


BrandGlasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
LocationLowland
ExpressionPeated Release No.1 (2019)
ABV46%
AgeNAS
Casks UsedOloroso Sherry with a virgin oak finish

Share: