Glengoyne is one of those distilleries I really like but seldom buy bottles from these days, and it’s a great pity. Glengoyne is a highland distillery that skirts the border with the Lowlands region (as far as I recall their distillery is in the highlands, but their warehouse across the road is in the Lowlands) and are known for their unpeated and quite gentle malt.
Their used to be a 17 year old expression which I absolutely loved which , through purchasing on a whim, was how I discovered this distillery in first place. One thing I have learned from the various expressions I’ve tried is that this is a whisky that needs to age a little, at least twelve years and preferable a while longer than that. That said this 25 year old expression should be fun.
Aged 25 years. 48%ABV. Matured in sherry casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Vanilla. Iced cinnamon bun with raisins. Toffee. nutty wood. Caramel pudding. Dry sherry. Plums. Shoe polish. After some glass time a sulphur dioxide note turns up.
Palate: Spicy. Cinnamon. Allspice. Cloves. Bitter chocolate. Copper. Raisins. Plums. Sherry. Menthol.
Finish: Long. Menthol. Rich nutty wood. Bitter chocolate. Cough syrup. Bit of lingering spice, cloves in particular.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was absolutely amazing. The glengoyne profile works really well with age as well as with the sherry casks used here. It was massively complex and rich. The higher ABV also gives it the perfect amount of punch for stunning flavour delivery. This really takes the classic sherried highland malt profile to a high level.