Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/Scotchswap on reddit.
I had no clue what this was when I set up the swap but I know Glengoyne is a malt that ages fantastically and that I’m a huge fan. After some digging it turns out that this is a special release from quite some time ago (2000) so the distillate itself is quite old (1972).
I was unable to find the story behind it, or what cask types, though it had an outrun of 1500 bottles so not a single cask, and being Glengoyne probably at least some sherry. It came in a really cool box that was meant to look like a spirit safe found at whisky disitlleries.
Aged 28 years. 50.4% ABV. No colourant added and bottled at batch strength.
Nose: Quite alcoholic, but not unpleasant. Apricots. Light grass. Quite floral, mainly reminiscent of rosewater. Very delicate vanilla. Strawberry shortcake. Germolene. Raspberry sherbet powder. Wood oils, cedar and pine. Copper. Quite a few of those light green herbal notes that can show up in well matured whiskies, spearmint, cilantro, parsley. These green herbal notes get a bit bolder with more time in the glass.
Palate: For a high ABV this is very drinkable as is. Quite waxy. Citrus peels. Rich wood. Cilantro. Seville oranges. Cedarwood. Pine cones. Red fruits. Woodspice, mainly nutmeg.
Finish: Long. Rich wood. Lemon curd. Seville oranges. Creme brulee. Lingering notes of green herbs and woodspice.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
As you can see by my notes, I spent a good portion of time just nosing this one. It was very interesting and really opened up nicely with time in the glass. Glengoyne at an age like this is almost always a fantastic whisky and this was no exception, I also found it very easy to drink, even at cask strength. Amazing stuff, really had to savour the sample I had as chances are I’ll never encounter this one again.