Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill European Oak
Number of bottles
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
07 Jan 2019 7:31 pm by MJ23
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 442.63

43 × in wishlist

86 × member ratings

106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 1998

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.45 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] Another one of these modern dark sherried releases that are a pricey lottery in terms of quality these days...

    ..and this draw was a blank, unfortunately. This is a typical "designed" heavily sherried modern dram that does not care about being a whisky at all. I call such releases the undertakers of Scottish malt because if malt drinkers get used to such a profile they will turn to much cheaper "designed" drinks of a comparable taste, sooner or later.

    To be honest, I would not buy such a bottle regardless of how low the price is...
    • Nose
      80 80
      The colour is very dark at old oak and the nose offers a modern sherry profile without any malt-driven aromas at all. This smells like high-proof sherry only - as if someone added industrial alcohol to a sherry cask. If there is any Glengoyne in there this is completely buried under the heavy sherry and wooden aromas.
    • Taste
      81 81
      The taste is about the same - sherry and wood without any malt flavours. No, this is not whisky to my taste buds - sorry to all that adore such bottlings but you can have a comparable taste experience for significant less money: simply buy a bottle of good sweet sherry and mix it with vodka or neutral alcohol (and add some sawdust if you miss the bitter wooden notes). Sorry, I do not want to insult anybody...
    • Finish
      78 78
      The dram arrives neither warming nor coating on the palate, what a disappointment! Instead the tannins strike with a drying-bitter feeling which is not enjoyable to my taste buds. The finish is medium to short, rather short to be honest (what corresponds to the non-existing mouthfeel) and adds no new impressions during its short lifespan. But the bitter-drying moments pop up towards the end again and stay even after the dram is completely gone, unfortunately. Water does not really improve a lot but it smoothes the taste somewhat, at least.

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I'm sure this one is polarising, unfortunately I find myself at the far end downwards. I really liked the nose, regarded it as unspectaular mouthwise and was shocked by the finish. The finish is not underperforming, it is a clear and obvious fault. Definitely not my style of Whisky at all, quite overrated.

    Interesting though to once have a whisky which comes with an overload of tannins while at the same time being 100% acid free. Also there's not even a nuance of sulphur.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lots of roasted nuts, furniture varnish, leather, quite promising.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Unfortunately it doesn't deliver on the tongue. Watery mouthfeel, dry as sand, nothing spectaular at all. A bit disappointing.
    • Finish
      65 65
      The finish unfortunately is ultralong, well, most is gone right after a few seconds, but the intense and harsh bitterness, comparable only to vermouth tea, will still haunt you after almost half an hour.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    first impression:

    Tasty BöllerSchwefelnote in the nose - reminds me immediately Bunna Wy Viceroy Elixir - on the nose I can totreeze - on the palate, unfortunately, it is clearly dry - which should not have remained a year in the barrel.
    This is definitely not a malt for everyone, it will polarize - well, if the crazy hype allows that at all and get through enough grounded notes :)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior


    Black cherries, cherry coke, cola cubes, the finest artisanal bramble liquer, blackberrys, figs, dates, drops of anisseed and menthol. Wild honey, fatty beeswax, rancio. old leather bound books in a dusty library. Herbal tea. With time, dirty petroleum notes rise up. A little high estery jamaican rum maybe? This nose leaves me speechless, to be honest. No alcoholic burn whatsoever. This is so alive and clean, yet mature and well rounded.


    Salty, tangy arrival with truckloads of bramble liquer. Pine essence, black cherries, fizzy cola cubes. Balsamico. Overbrewed black coffee, salted chocolate, very very nice indeed. Oily and coating mouthfeel. The bottling strength was perfectly chosen in my opinion. Leave the water for later. This one is perfect as it is. The finish is pleasantly bitter with european oak, rancio, hints of wet earth and rotten wood.


    Wow, what a dram. A stellar cask. This is certainly one of the few bottles that deserves its reputation. The nose alone is worth looking out for a bottle or a sample. Congrats to the lucky few who snatched up a bottle. One of the finest sherry matured whiskys of the last few years. This is something else. Thx Konsti for the sample. /95


  5. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I received another 3 Dram Sample from a friend.
    So I can taste a ventilated malt in peace. For the issue price ~ 180 € is a great Malt - the last auction prices are just crazy.

    That's s.der ridge - whether that is still malt or already sherry - for me it is still Malt and I think it's very tasty - but also need not necessarily more than a sample.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Extreme Firstfill nose - dense red berry cocktail, very dark, especially ripe blackberries and forest blueberries give the nose a deep fruitiness with a great full sweetness and a delicate fruity acidity as an antipode. The delicious sulfuricity has unfortunately evaporated quite strong since the bottle was uncorked - a pity I found that exciting - gave him such a great retro touch.
      From time to time rumtop fruits pop up, greenstalks, waxy balsam-like, green herbs rather fresh woody notes, then very oily sweet but tannin-containing red balsamic vinegar, cherry and plum compote, meat tenderloin with lovage and celery, grated tropical wood
    • Taste
      90 90
      is very dry - the tongue, the palate everything dull - tannins full, slightly astringent, mint, ginger, chili, pepper - all played around by a full-bodied berry smoothie, with time becoming spicy - distinct tobacco notes, chocolate bitter substances, grated tropical wood - particulate woody on the tongue - gives it a lot of volume but makes it even drier
    • Finish
      89 89
      dry, tree juice, wax, pepper, baking cocoa - and also just as dry in the mouth - medium he creates - for the mighty appearance on the palate he is behind reason relatively quickly away - complaining at a high level

  6. Koalafant scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Gladi meeting 25.05.2019

    Wood soup => 79/100

    HS305 has put it in a nutshell.

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A dream nose, a great aftertaste and a quite demanding taste, which I find nevertheless or just because of that very well.
    Too long in the barrel? Maybe, but not for me.
    It's a lot of fun, but there's nothing left to sneeze at the same time.
    • Nose
      93 93
      20 years in a seemingly active sherry barrel have left their mark, really heavy, almost tangible aromas, clearly oak and of course a massive sherry freight, dark fruits, raisins, furniture polish, behind a slightly nutty sweetness, marzipan, tobacco, here makes the Verriechen Anyway, a lot of fun, with some patience, I also find some chocolate, but this one does not really jump in the face, but if you have it, that remains, too, rather creamy whole milk instead of dark, roasted waffle, like from a Hanuta, with By the time you get something behind the wood and the dark notes and it gets creamier and a little easier, beautiful change
    • Taste
      91 91
      it draws directly the mouth together (astringent ;-)), wow, full load of sherry, oak juice ;-), very woody, dark fruits, all very concentrated, light acidity, dry, then nuts, on the palate very fruity, also a certain spiciness, which I can not define, yes the barrel was very active, pleasant drinking without water
    • Finish
      92 92
      still full of nuts, roasted aromas, wood, now almost something like light smoke, which I also associate with the tobacco from the nose and probably comes from the European oak, which lingers very long, becoming increasingly fruity, dry , Fruit bowl, one knows after a few minutes, what you have just drunk

  8. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      A potpourri of dried fruits, with dates, in raisins inlaid raisins, clear plum and also dried apricots. There is an old wall unit with a light layer of dust just wiped off, wet leaves and a few but noticeable roasted aromas. There are also sawdust, butter, overripe oranges, and a little sulfur (at least for my nose very pleasant).
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full and deep with a very slight tingle on the tongue. At first there is some honey sweetness for a fraction of a second, but it is immediately covered by a dry spiciness. There are blackberries, which are the only fresh fruit surrounded by dried plums, raisins, apricots and grapefruit. In the depth I find the typical sherry representatives such as coffee, cocoa, marzipan in dark chocolate and also a carnation that makes itself felt especially towards the end. I also think of black bread coming fresh from the oven.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Dark chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, clove and plum must remain. And the grapefruit peel stays a bit longer.

  9. Macallan1968 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    With all due respect, but who rated this great Glengoyne under 90 points, in my eyes has no idea of really good sherry barrels! The Glengoyne 1998 is a complex and exceptional dark sherry whisky.
    • Nose
      Full sherry nose, thick fat sweetness, dates, plums, figs, fruit cake, raisins, a few cherries and berries, seasoning of oak barrels, cloves, cinnamon and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Wow what a start, full mouthfeel, aroma explosion, here is the sherry very strong, the oak is more noticeable. Dark fruits, cherries, blackberry jam, then comes the oak, with sweetness of honey and caramel, elegant and gentle to the tongue, pleasant spiciness and slightly bitter chocolate - really good.
    • Finish
      Very long and smooth, the sherry-stressed finish spreads, again very many dark fruits, really lots of chocolate, oak, raisin, caramel, really dry, an idea of orange. What a great finish, a dream. One of the best sherry whiskys of the last years !!!

  10. Vince' scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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


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