At first it is all about alcohol and it’s hard to get passed this. But after a few glasses and experimenting with the amount of water a few times, it seems that 43/46% works best here. You get passed the alcoholic sting and a rather musty and pleasant nose appears. It gives a lot of soft and subtle fruits like apple, pear, apricots and some Dried red fruits, also it gives a hint of raisins and some dried grapes. Vanilla and a pleasant nuttiness in like peanuts is present as well. There is a young influence in it which translates into breadcrumbs. It gives a pleasant impression of what is likely to be the ‘house character’ of Glengoyne. It’s nothing to complex but it is pleasant and a very acceptable daily dram in my opinion. It is very balanced between sherry and bourbon influences which probably makes it an everyone’s friend. But since I like Glengoyne a lot, this is not a problem for me at all!
It’s fruity and mildly spiced. I get a lot of apple on the palate as well as some citrus fruits. Again sherry is present here in a raisiny kind of way as well as some nuttiness (walnut). It’s friendly, gentle, soft and subtle all the way. Balanced and drawing perfectly within the lines. Although this dram is not bringing something ecstatic to the table, it is a very pleasant daily sipper! It is just good at what it offers for a very affordable price!
The finish is soft, silky, sweet and pleasant. A very gentle oak influence is coming though here. A lot of red fruits accompanied with vanilla, some nutmeg and also again some nuttiness are taking care for a pleasant finish which is medium length.
I might be a little prejudiced about Glengoyne since it is completely my cup of tea, but I am convinced this dram suits a lot of whisky drinkers and it would not be a punishment at all when getting this poured as a visiting friend. It does need a little touch of your host to add water before being served. This is essential to enjoy this dram at it’s fullest.