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.