..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...
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.
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...
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.