Glengoyne 30-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Stated Age
30 years old
Sherry Oak Casks
Number of bottles
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2017 11:00 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 928.29

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 30-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.34 points

  1. SteveW110 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I had the great pleasure of that
    -> 25y Travel Retail WID: 53319
    -> 25y WID: 53814
    -> 28y WID: 110542
    -> 30y 2017 WID: 102496
    tasting unbiased in a blind tasting.

    First of all, let's say that all four malts are big class and should have a place in the sherry world.
    I do not want to write long Notes on the individual malts, but relate to the direct comparison with each other.

    It started with the 25y Travel, which in the direct comparison to the 25y off something.
    The Travel offers much less depth and is rather bitter.

    The 2% more alcohol, do the normal 25y very well and mMn here are the much more active barrels were used. The 25y has always been my "favorite Glengoyne", but on that day he was replaced by the 28y.
    Blind, I found the 28y a bit stronger that day, which may also be day shape dependent. I'll have to run there a few more times, that's how easy the 25y can not shove off the throne ;-)

    Having tasted two such strong and eye-level malts that were simply baptized to the point, even a 30y old Glengoyne has a hard time. In short, the 30y is a great malt, but something about the point. Here too a bit too many Bitternoten, but much more depth than the 25y Travel, therefore
    my order:
    1) 28y
    2) 25y
    3) 30y
    4) 25y Travel

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes, he is very fine, as expected. An intense sherry malt with far more barrel influence than the 25er, yet balanced and exciting. However, he does not crowd my favorite, the 25er, from place 1. I love the fruity, creamy character of the 25er, here at the 30s, the spices are clearly in the foreground. And amazing: this strong lilac note! Also, the 30s is a tick thinner in the mouth.

    Addendum: At the second tasting (and more air), the Goyne 30 has a fabulously beautiful orange brilliance in the taste and looks much rounder and fuller overall. Now he is great.
    • Nose
      Blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, plum compote, oranges, blood oranges, liquorice, aniseed, fennel seeds, lilac, jasmine, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, gingerbread, leather, dark chocolate sauce, thyme, rosemary, very fruity, very round, very solid, leather and licorice are on the rise, espresso is added, then finally the glengoyne-baked apple ... and the lilac becomes more intense ...
    • Taste
      brilliant, intense fruity, at the same time warm-spicy onset, juice oranges, blood oranges, the dark berries, cherries, plums, dipped in a wonderful spice scenery, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, now also clove pepper, chocolate sauce, gingerbread, black bread, thyme and rosemary, too here again the lilac, fennel, anise and liquorice; Leather, tobacco and then delicately punch through the espresso; as in the 25s, here too a cognac impact and the reminiscence of stewed herbs ...
    • Finish
      long, fine-intense, very spicy, warming, the spices get the upper hand, also the espresso and the leather as well as the liquorice, in the background the baked apple ...

  3. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow - what a great whisky! Rich, full-bodied and yet elegant with a lot of depth. It is not the intense sherry flavours that dominate here, but the lush and sticky aromas of dark fruit - above all black cherries. These are complemented by a pleasant warmth of winter spices and subtle oak. In addition, this elegant oldie is surprisingly fresh with a herbal-meaty note. Adding water is not necessary here. A perfect dram for the pre-Christmas season. Best savoured in a leather armchair in front of an open fireplace. Sit, sip, relax and enjoy! I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample. https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/glengoyne/
    • Nose
      First impression: this is intense, mature and nicely complex. Sherry at first with a delicate mix of dried fruits - prunes, raisins, figs and plums. Massive load of dark cherry marmelade with luscious oranges and a wee touch of cinnamon, cloves and herbs. There's a meaty component in the back as well, nicely packed in a mix of dark chocolate, hints of tobacco leaves and a whiff of oak. Rich and surprisingly fresh for its old age. A gorgeous nose!
    • Taste
      Very intense, thick and chewy on the palate. Not as sweet as the nose suggests but fruity with a sticky load of plums, dark cherries, figs, Seville oranges and dates. Deep, warming and nicely spicy with cloves, nutmeg, pepper, subtle oak and little cinnamon. With a second sip, this beauty becomes sweeter and spicier with Demerara sugar and black pepper at the same time. Mouth-coating - firm and fruity structure with winterly spices to balance.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, warm and complex. Treacle with a whiff of Demerara sugar, cinnamon and slightly bitter orange peel followed by drying notes of oak, tobacco leaves and walnuts. This multi-layered mix of aromas is staying for ages causing a wonderful mouth-feel.

      With water: Quite fresh on the nose with a few drops of water. Lots of dark fruits, sherry and a pleasant mix of cinnamon and herbal notes. Fruity, creamy and sweet on the palate while the spiciness is a bit tamed with water. Less warming, too. The finish is long, sweet with Demerara sugar but very dry with oak, nutmeg and cloves, before sweet notes linger on the tail.

  4. djmaxliving scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Brown sugar, plum, orange peel, sweet, dark honey, chocolate, oak, thick , fudge & mint chocolate.

    Mouth - Chocolate, honey, ginger, butter fudge, orange peel, oak and spice.

    Finish - Dark chocolate, dark coffee and bitter.

    Thoughts - The nose is a delight, with water the whole experience improves. Nose keeps on improving beyond 30 minutes but the mouth fades away. Was hoping to be blown away, not quite.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    very cool stuff - very focused, lively, complex - especially not too smooth and not too round - you can easily empty a few bottles without getting bored :)
    • Nose
      orange glazed over blackberries and blueberry and acid raspberries, a touch of jasmine and much more orange blossom - sweet lilacs like we sucked him as a child from the flowers, cinnamon, nutmeg, oak wall, leather belt, juicy spin tobacco but also Snuff with mint, you can almost smell the tannins - similar to pomegranate juice - warmed the spicy side gains the upper hand and is accompanied by plum wine - the nose is so delicious - I find it difficult not easy to swallow :)
    • Taste
      almost particulate liquid oak, grated leather belt, chocolate, orange with orange oil and subtle mint - astringent but not over dry - very oily, creamy, full - full-bodied intense without being sharp or bitter - but at the same time it still tingles - and the tobacco notes with bergamot dance on the palate. I find fruit especially plum, date and orange on the palate - but I find that very difficult, because the strong stimulated salivation immediately dilute it and that leads to decreasing fruitiness
    • Finish
      leathery, with spicy tobacco and an enormous, fine-spicy oak, chocolate and spices, always a burning fruity note - barely dry - medium to long

  6. Lorion scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    After an overwhelming nose comes a palate that you have to like. I think he's great. Who loves the harsh sherry character and has nothing against a nice sweetness in the nose, here is happy. I am more than happy. 90 points.
    • Nose
      Sherry. Dry, woody, leathery. Burnt raisins. Slightly sweet figs. Cranberries, nutmeg. Roasted hazelnuts, fresh wood shavings from the joinery. Mountain pine, resin. There is so much blow after blow - unbelievable. Now licorice is here. Cherry juice. Plum syrup. Ripe blackberries with little acidity. The barrel is omnipresent. Chocolate with alcohol - Mon Cheri. Generally the nose is rather tart. But in the background, the sweetness (palm honey, maple syrup) can not hide.
    • Taste
      Full fruity, immediately sets a pleasant tingle. Piped tobacco joins leather and fermented, dark fruits. Wood, raisins. The sweet has disappeared. The chocolate is now black as the night. The taste is bitter and creamy with leather and a touch of marzipan.
    • Finish
      Very long, chocolaty and bitter. Deep black chocolate mousse remains in the mouth with sour cherries.

  7. peej84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Gris scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Plums, dried figs (especially) and black cherries galore! A side of old rum and old leather (stack my stuff, yeah, you're starting to know me) ... A little tobacco and chocolate. It's rich, fruity, sweet, spicy, tasty and easy to drink! A hint of cinnamon and a well balanced woody side… A real killer! Anyway, me, I think I can kill for that (but don't repeat it) ???? I have a 28yo aside and, honestly, if it's still above that (thing on which a lot of people agree), wooooooow!
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet and enveloping the palate at will. We are again mainly on dried figs, plums, vanilla and cinnamon. It's fruity and spicy at the same time. At the end of the mouth, the spices, the light woody side, the chocolate, the tobacco, the old leather and a touch of coffee make the whole thing a little more complex. A whisky of a very beautiful aromatic richness! The palate is at least at the height of the nose, something appreciable enough to be specified.
    • Finish
      A long, fruity and spicy finish to perfection. Memorable!

  9. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Smell: [Sophisticated / Elegant] Despite how close you are, the aroma knows how to keep the best distance from your nose, [Rich / Variable] raisin chocolate, dark jungle jam, cloves, leather, tobacco oil. Linear, you can easily retrieve any kind of freedom and security. There is a cool feeling in the tail section, bearing the smell of old wood and tea, it is really sweet

    Drink: The full-bodied and full-bodied body is chewing continuously, and it is burnt willingly. The rich aroma is poured like an endless spring, and the clear lilac and chocolate are intertwined. There is always a sense of coolness in the background, so you don't feel tired. The end rhyme seems to have no end, with a touch of tea sugar and citrus notes.

    Sense: The appearance is the same, the smell and taste have a nearly perfect match, you will not feel any difference, the rhythm of flavor rotation is well grasped, when you think of what you can smell, this process is very wanton . It is also worth mentioning that the alcohol content is very good, and it has a good relationship with the flavor. The taste is very satisfying. If you have to say something bad, it is that the fat powder smell I expected could not be found in it, which is why the balance was not scored 10 points, but it is still very good.

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      aromatic and very appealing, slightly nutty and deep. Tickles lightly on the nose (hint sharp). Fine sherry flavors, dry fruits, rum raisins, orange, a hint of jasmine? Very complex and complex. A hint of chocolate, tobacco. Looks elegant.
      I like the nose best.
    • Taste
      90 90
      fine sherry aromas interwoven with dry oak notes, slightly spicy, a hint of spicy, slightly perfumed, orange, spices, some barrel and coffee. Slightly dark, a hint of chocolate. Aromatic and delicious. Complex but not quite round the slightly sharp note bothers me a bit considering the age.

      It appears slightly lukewarm, more aromatic, somewhat spicy but also somewhat fruity with distinct orange aromas.
    • Finish
      89 89
      with delicate, delicate oak notes, spices, slightly nutty, hint of chocolate, spices, delicate oak flavor, dry oak cupboard aromas, later a little dry fruit, hint of orange, slightly sweet, a little sherry and a hint of malt.

      A really good and quite elegant whisky. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the slight sharpness ...


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