Glengoyne 21

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The other day I was really having a craving for sherry and the only sherry bomb whiskies I had were closed. I’ve been trying not to open every whisky I have, it’s being going well and I didn’t want to ruin it. Luckily I had this sample lying around and I figured it would hit the spot.

As Glengoyne’s expressions increase in age they add a higher proportion of sherry matured whiskies into the mix with this one and the 25 year old being entirely sherry matured. I tried the 25 year old a while back and loved it, a truly stunning expression, but sadly way beyond my budget. The 21 year old is within budget, albeit expensive, so I thought I’d get a  sample to try it out. Unfortunately it fell into the black hole that is my sample backlog for a while.

Aged 21 years. 43%ABV. Matured in sherry casks. No colourant added. 

Nose: Treacle. Sweet wine. Fruit cake. Jam biscuits. Bit of plum wine if you hold the glass far from your nose. Dirty, sulphury sherry. Cadbury’s Crunchie. Ginger. Hint of apple cider. Cacao.

Palate: Bitter citrus. Tobacco. Coffee grinds. Bitter sherry wood. Marmalade. Bitter chocolate. White rabbit. Pepper.

Finish: Medium. Bitter chocolate. Radish. Orange peel. Canada Dry.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

This definitely satisfied my craving for a sherry bomb. As usual a fantastic subtle malt with a huge sherry influence. However I found the palate and finish a little too bitter and they did not really deliver all that was promised by the nose, still a lovely whisky and fantastic quality for the price asked.

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