Glengoyne 28-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Spirit Of Oak
Stated Age
28 years old
First Fill Oloroso Casks
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L 15 01 18
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
13 Apr 2018 4:51 pm by LF96

Average value

€ 755.65

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 28-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.57 points

  1. SteveW110 scored this whisky 92 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 bitter notes, but much more depth than the 25y Travel, therefore
    my order:
    1) 28y
    2) 25y
    3) 30y
    4) 25y Travel

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

    A really excellent single malt. Round, balanced, rich in flavours and very complex with an incredible depth. Immaculate in every respect. A remarkable whisky that is even more refined and elegant than the 25-year-old. An incomparable taste experience. Whether this justifies the high price tag, however, everyone must decide for itself.I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the complimentary sample. https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/06/15/glengoyne-28yo-travel-retail-exclusive/
    • Nose
      The nose immediately starts off with a load of sherry. That kind of dark old style sherry with waves of raisins, dark fruits and rum-soaked black cherries. Rich and intense. This is followed by Demerara sugar, marzipan and a touch of furniture polish. No signs of sulfur or other misnotes at all. A superb aroma profile that I could smell for hours!
    • Taste
      Sweet and vibrant with sherry, dried fruits, dark chocolate-coated raisins and Demerara sugar. This is accompanied by a warming and spicy mix of nutmeg, cinnamon and subtle oak. Rich and mouth-filling. Creamy, sticky fruit jam emerges with dry notes of cocoa towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with sticky fruit jam - plums in particular. Lingering sweet with walnuts and subtle oak spice. Gets slightly drier in the end with cocoa and espresso.

      With water: Vibrant and lively on the nose with a few drops of water. There's more spice coming through with oak, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Besides sherry and dark fruits, dry notes of cocoa and espresso emerge. A little less sweet and fruity on the palate while marzipan, cocoa and espresso notes are significantly enhanced. Fairly dry with a second sip. The finish is still long but very dry with oak, walnuts, espresso and almost 100% dark chocolate.

  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It's a fine dram. Don't get me wrong.
    But it is not superior (enough) to the 25 year old first fill version they sold before this one which cost about 250€

    First Class dram like both 25 year old versions but costs too much in comparison
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    A wonderful, successful and very well balanced single malt with a stately 28 years. Lovers of first fill sherry whiskys will get their money's worth. Only the "only" 46.8% bother me a little. Here could be something more bum behind it. But: a great drop, you have to have tasted necessarily times.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A massive sherry wall! You have to sort it first. Dark fruits, pickled raisins, blackberries, plums, black cherries, marzipan, a hint of mint. In addition a pleasant spice of the oak. Slightly peppery notes, old leather, cigar box.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweetness, sherry, dark fruits, brown sugar, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, nutmeg and cinnamon. The alcohol is very well integrated, barely noticeable. For me as a cask strength lover, he would like to have a few% more.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium. Pleasant warming. The sweetness prevails in the mouth. Slightly the tongue sticks to the palate. Slowly, the sweetness gives way to a slight bitterness. Wonderfully pleasant, balanced and pleasing.

  5. Flou scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    The first fill barrels have left their mark in 28 years: the Glengoyne 28 lies deep dark in the glass and is a real feast for the eyes. This is actually not that important to me, but I just have to mention it here: The packaging looks a lot, even if the pattern on the outer packaging reminds me a little of Glööckler wallpaper. It is great fun to remove the magnetic closure and take the beautiful bottle out of the pack. All in all, a very valuable and elegant first impression.

    Immediately I have an overwhelming fruitiness on the nose. Dark, cooked-down fruits, with ripe strawberries and raspberries. The fruits have been sprinkled with brown sugar and are surrounded by a very aromatic and pleasant oak. The oak left less tart traces in the aroma than I would have expected after 28 years of aging in the first fill Oloroso barrel and the color. And that's more of a positive for me, as I'm not a big fan of grades that are too bitter. Here the tannins are wonderfully integrated, you don't find such a balance every day. How the cooked plums and blackberries and the raisins combine with a touch of pepper, a little marzipan and hints of old wooden furniture and furniture polish, a fresher fruitiness with strawberries, raspberries and cherries gently envelops the other aromas and a hint of leather in the background ... that's really great. An excellent nose! Multi-layered, fruity, sweet, a gentle spice with great oak aromas, you can describe this with one word: Ingenious!

    In the mouth, the whisky is full, voluminous, its 46.8% alcohol content is great. I was rather afraid that the alcohol content might be a little too low, but everything is just right here. The mouth is literally flooded, but the drinking strength keeps the whisky soft and supple on the tongue. It's unbelievable how the dark fruits and the sweetness take up the mouth and are then gradually supplemented by ever stronger oak notes. The tannins are stronger than in the nose, old furniture from grandma’s attic, old books with leather backs, some dark chocolate and nuances of espresso form the counterpoint to the great sweetness and fruitiness. With the second sip, the tart notes take over the command even more and now show that a 28-year aging in the first fill Oloroso barrel is not for whisky lovers who cannot do anything with the influence of oak. But I have to make it clear: For me the tannins are wonderfully integrated, the whisky can absolutely delight in the mouth.

    As expected, the finish is dominated by the bitter notes. Leather, some liquorice, coffee beans coated in dark chocolate, old wooden furniture ... and these tannins are embedded in a wonderful sweetness that seems to stick to the whole mouth. This finish could last forever, but I would rate it as medium to long. But that tempts you to take another sip and I am very happy to treat myself to that.

    What can I say? The whisky is a blast! So harmonious, multi-layered and incredibly delicate, you just notice the difference here to the "young wild ones" who have enjoyed great popularity in recent years / months. The Glengoyne 28 is grown up and you can tell by it. Here, no aromas seem charged and highly powered. Here the flavors interlock perfectly, the whisky is complex and balanced and even if it is very expensive at around 400 euros: This whisky is a feast for the senses and I am glad that I still have a bottle on the shelf have.

    I give 94/100 points.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    My personal favorite in 2018 and still the benchmark against which every ambitious sherry whisky has to be compared. The deep dark color and the heavy, high-quality bottle with the solid cork alone are an experience to get you in the right mood
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry! Sherry! Sherry!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow! Pure, deep, dark sherry power! Here the 1st Fill Oloroso barrels show their full strength. Although just under 47% - which is completely sufficient - an incomparable mouthfeel unfolds here - great class
    • Finish
      93 93
      very long, no bitterness, the sherry stays in your mouth for a long time, plus wonderful chocolate and espresso notes

  7. Numwierum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The nose is damn good, probably exactly as expected. In the mouth, he also starts with a very sweet, fruity and pleasant start. But then the oak takes over the command and shows all along its dominance and gravity. It will be a bit too much for me, okay I had to expect that, First Fill and 28 years.

  8. yggr scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  9. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a dark soup. The expectations are high, I'm a big fan of the distillery, the 25yo and 30yo original bottlings are among my absolute favorites. And here I am certainly not disappointed. Outstanding drop.
    Compared to the 25 just a little more spice.
    • Nose
      94 94
      That's what I call old sherry! It immediately puts a smile on your face. Great anticipation.
      Intense aromas flow through the nose, led by dark sweet dried fruits. Dates, raisins, figs, rum pot. In addition, a nice, but by no means overwhelming barrel flavor. 28yo First Fill European oak can also be beaten, but here very nicely balanced. Now chocolate and a few berries. There is also a touch of antique shop.
      Becoming sweeter and more intense over time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      No exaggerated start. Everything starts slowly. Right at the front in the mouth feel sugared currants and raspberries. Then the wort pushes, not unpleasant. Dark chocolate, nuts. It wraps itself around the tongue intensely. Such a presence can be found in bottlings
    • Finish
      93 93
      Spice, dark chocolate and fruits keep the balance for a long time. No new flavors are added, but neither do they have to, because it remains delicious for a very long time. The keyword is very long anyway. As befits its standing, the aromas remain very long and clear. No compromise.


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