Glengoyne 2004 Distillery Cask 31

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I’ve often mentioned my affinity for Glengoyne, but I always attach the condition that it needs some age on it. This is a little on the young side for a Glengoyne, but it is cask strength, and I once had a bottle of the 12-year-old cask strength and it was brilliant (eclipsed only by the old 17yo and 25yo bottlings for me). So this one was worth a shot, especially considering that it’s a sample from a distillery exclusive cask.

Aged 12 years. 59.1%ABV. Matured in a refill hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 31.

Nose: Huge malt aroma, I could smell it from across the room. Very musty sherry. Dry grass. Ozone. Honey. Hay. Balsa wood. Candied pineapple.

Palate: More big malty notes. Creamy porridge. Bitter wood. Woodspice. Seville oranges.

Finish: Long. Cinnamon. Seville orange. Fruity tannins. Light malt. Hay. Honey-lemon Hall’s lozenges.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

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

VFM: 1/5

This was a little disappointing. I wouldn’t call it a bad whisky, it had a measure of complexity to it, but just not to the point one would expect from something reserved to be a distillery exclusive. It played too many similar notes and played them all too loudly, missing the subtlety elegance that usually makes Glengoyne special.

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