Glengoyne is a highland malt usually known for it’s unpeated malt and emphasis on sherry maturation. I also personally prefer it a with a little age on. This is an independent bottling by Cadenhead’s uncharacteristically matured in a bourbon hogshead, but it’s still got a decent amount of age on it, so should be quite interesting.
Aged 20 years. 54%ABV. Matured in a bourbon hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Slight ethanol and acetone bite even after resting a little. Light wood. Vanilla. Shoe polish. Floral. Malted milk.
Palate: Vanilla. Light, but very intense wood. Bitter. Yellow fruits. Tinned fruit salad in syrup.
Finish: Long. Glace cherries. Vanilla. Lemon zest. Bitter wood. Light woodspice. Light herbal notes.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This smells a lot younger than it is, the nose is very active and has some bite to it. On the palate it’s still very intensely flavoured but tastes more its age. Not a bad whisky all in all but I think it was a little unbalanced and do prefer the sherry maturation.