What a fabulously bold opening gambit, to lead a tasting with your flagship model, arguably the best affordable 12yo currently on the market.
N: Beautiful nose. Bits of everything at just the right amounts and ratios. Sometimes the oils show more, other times it’s a hint of freshly cut green apple, a waft of peat, or a wave of meatiness,…. Expect to see these bottles at O&R festivals in 20-30 years when they are likely to be even more tremendous, properly stored after a few decades in glass.
T: The arrival brings ‘dad noises’ every time. Is Glengyle, Springbank refined? This 12yo is decidedly more savoury than the rest of the pack [to follow], and with complexity by the bucketload, but a subtle read that requires some diligence to pick out the best. Refined for sure.
F: What’s left is the slowing of the fans, the cooling of the engines,… and the spirit – Glengyle’s lovely coppery spirit.
C: Beautiful whisky that displays numerous impressions from the spirits tree. Today, it scores 89 points
N: My brain knows this, but can the ‘me’, get past ‘myself’ to the ‘I’? I snipe a guess that it’s Springbank. as this has J. & A. Mitchell written all over it. I can’t think of too many distilleries that present barley spirit with so many organic layers, so naturally.
T: Again, this has the hallmarks of Springbank all over it, reminding me most of ‘caged’ Cadenhead bottlings.
F: I could write a shopping list of descriptors, but as this Glengyle distillery bottling is revealed, I’ve nothing further to add from previous detailed reviews [WLP190 WLP289].
C: Still, a great whisky at a great price. We discuss Glengyle in the respect that without its reopening – making it Campbeltown’s third distillery and maintaining Campbeltown as a region – Springbank and Glen Scotia would have been re-classified into the lowlands.
Scores 90 points