Glenglassaugh is known among connoisseurs for its Revival and Evolution malts, with their characteristic delicate flavor profiles. But now the distillery is expanding into peated whisky with the launch of Torfa. Taken from the Old Norse word for peaty turf, Glenglassaugh Torfa is rich in peat smoke as you'd expect from an Islay malt. “At Glenglassaugh, in addition to the traditional production, we also produce a very limited quantity of whisky using richly peated malted barley as the cereal varietal,” explains sales director Alistair Walker. “The malted barley has been dried in the traditional way, over peat-infused kilns, giving the whisky its unique smoky flavour."
Non-chill-filtered and bottled at 50 percent ABV with no color added, Torfa (£39.95; around $67) is said to have a nose of campfire smoke, sea air lime zest, apricot jam, ginger and black pepper. The palate opens to more peat smoke, candied citrus peel, melon, pineapple, roaster red apples, oat biscuits, heathered honey and cigar box spice, finishing off with more coastal peat and spiced fruit.