Glengoyne The Legacy Series

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Chapter One
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
29 Jan 2019 10:57 am by Amsterdam

Average value

€ 60.20

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne The Legacy Series

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.59 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Another new NAS edition that aims to honour the man who invented the slow distillation process at Glengoyne. Usually I refuse to buy NAS ("Never Accept Stupid") marketing releases but this sounds interesting - simply to check if the quality is appropriate to that marketing claim...

    ...and to be honest: If I were Cochrane Cartwright I would not feel to be honoured with such a dram. Slow distillation means that off-notes and flaws are reduced through maximum copper contact time - but this dram is full of off-notes and flaws like rubbery, meaty and other sulphurous notes. It is drinkable, of course - but why should I?
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers some rubbery- and meaty-sulphurous off-notes first that are not to my liking at all. Luckily these vanish (to a large extend) after a significant time of breathing (more than ten minutes) but nonetheless: Why should I buy and drink a dram with such a bad first impression (remember: You never get second chance to make a first impression!). After that an average-only modern style sherry nose enfolds without highlights but minor sulphurous notes (that grow stronger upon adding water).
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is not layered and shows a modern sherry profile with a slightly bitter touch and minor yeasty notes (camembert cheese). All the usual sherry flavours are there in a rather heavy wooden setting. Nothing special to write about except a minor sulphurous impression of spent matches (that is bearable).
    • Finish
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is just a little warming and almost not coating at all with a minor bitter moment of heavy tannins. The finish is of medium length and turns bitter-drying on tannins and sulphurous notes. Water strengthens rather the unwanted aromas and flavours so add it only if you love such dirty drams.

  2. Vallado scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The experiment has gone to hell. The worst Glengoyne I ever tasted
    • Nose
      Brandig-alkoholisch, Obstler (Williams/Marille)
    • Taste
      Sharp start, fresh fruits, light sherry, thin texture
    • Finish
      short and unspectacular

  3. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A friendly, uncomplicated dram to drink when you want to un-hurry. Very appropriate for a distillery that advertises with their unhurried distilling, I would say. The combination of first-fill and refill casks worked very well in my opinion, while it has a different taste compared to other releases that I have tried. A good addition to their range and fairly priced (like most of their range).
    • Nose
      86 86
      My first impression is the rubbery notes, which (fortunately) dissolves fast into rum raisins, prunes-aux-armagnac, vanilla cakes, and a whole plate of different biscuits. Then some soft fudge. No overt sweetness or bitterness, which I find very pleasant. I also get orange sponge, sweet teas (just a general impression), combined with hints of mint chocolate and Turkish delight. Nice balance and very pleasant nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A soft entry, well balanced, and a mix of sponges, vanilla, rum, raisin cakes, tangerines, hints of green tea, and a mix of spices. I would say eastern spices, like cumin, curry, and maybe some caraway. This whisky drinks very easily, I have to be fast with my notes or we’ll have a short description! Soft on the tongue like a marshmallow.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A mediate finish with a slight soft tannin dryness with cinnamon powder, cherry wood, dried apricots, and cherries.

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The sherrycask influences are certainly there, and normally I like this a lot. But somehow this whisky is dominated by some strange sulphur or burnt character which is present from the beginning (nose) till the end (finish), which I don't enjoy very much.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Milkchocolate, coffee, cappuccino. Some raisins, maybe some ripe apples, but some strange sulphur or burntlike smell dominates the nose.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pretty strong and powerful, some chocolate, and again this sulphurlike taste. Some typical sherrycask influences are there, like leather and raisins, pretty full taste.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Still pretty strong, warming and intense. Chocolate and sulphur still dominate, with some wood influence. Middle long finish.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I generally like Glengoyne, but one of the reasons why I like it is that the distillery tends to offer well-aged expressions at affordable prices. This is heading into the opposite direction, with no age statement and a price tag to rival that of the 18-year-old. It's a fun dram in and of itself (especially on the palate), but its younger components are too prominent (especially on the nose) to warrant serious interest on my part.
    • Nose
      Immediately and recognizably young, with some sour, yeasty-fermentary notes. Almost a bit lactic at times. Then there's a distinct berry fruitiness. In combination I'm reminded of wild berry yoghurt. The sherry influence certainly comes through, but for a bottling that places the term 1st fill Oloroso sherry front and center, it's surprisingly restrained and refill-y. The intensity of the sherry aromas reminds me more of recent Glenfarclas OBs than anything else. It's certainly less pronounced than in the 15- and 18-year-old expressions (to say nothing of the 21-year-old). It's rather nutty and sour sherry, no big sweetness: it's Oloroso alright. After a while, an additional citric aspect announces that the (rather young) spirit still has a word to say here as well. As far as the oak is concerned, there's not a lot of it on the nose, and what can be detected is a rather vague sense of spiciness that shades into herbal territories: perhaps some soft rosemary and scattered nutmeg. All in all, pretty simple, youngish and not hugely impressive, though I do have to admit that the fermentary character appears to subside somewhat after a few minutes. Water accentuates the Oloroso notes and is recommended in moderation.
    • Taste
      Starts off simultaneously sour and juicy, before becoming sweeter and more robust towards the middle. The overall impression is of jammy red berry fruits, and perhaps some sour cherry marmalade. There are (of course) raisins as well as some nice leafy, mossy, forest-y (you see where I'm going with this) sherry notes in here, but they do face off against the youngish, more acerbic components, and it's a bit of a struggle. The mouthfeel is good, however, and at 48%, there's a real sense of some substantial spirit shining through. I might even be tempted to say that it's almost a bit ... chewy? Which is a good thing for sure. So this expression does add something that the core range is missing, and that is an impression of what the distillate feels like at a (slightly) higher strength. And surprisingly, it's rather more weighty than I would have assumed. Almost reminds me of Glendronach or the aforementioned Glenfarclas - other well-sherried Highlanders with meaty, weighty backbones. This is certainly a bit lighter overall, but I'm surprised at the similarities. Definitely fun in the mouth, and there's more going on than the nose had me expect. Dangerously drinkable at 48%, and very juicy.
    • Finish
      Not stunning exactly, but the European oak influence does add some nice liquorice, chicory, and coffee impressions as well as a soft herbal aspect to go along with some residual fruity acidity. Fades swiftly though to make room for the next sip. A true sipper's finish. ;)

  6. P.K.S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    amazing to the age rich no burn a lot of cask influens, sherry spisiness amazing fore the price

  7. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  9. IIIZIII scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sulphury sherry, dark chocolate covered sherry, dark fruits. Very young profile
    • Taste
      Initially hot, sweet fruits, crisp dark fruits. THe taste is very much remeniscent of an undermatured Bunna 12.

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    With The Legacy Glengoyne launches a series of whisky’s that tells the story of the distillery. We can expect a new Chapter every year. This is the first from 2019, dedicated to Cochrane Cartwright, the distillery manager from 1869 who famously lengthened the production time to create a more fruity character, but his is probably best known for introducing sherry cask maturation at Glengoyne, a practice that they still hold dear.

    The nose is rather soft and freshly fruity. Think pears, apricots and vanilla. Grain cookies. Cinnamon on young baked apples. I confess that I had expected more of a dark sweetness, as this is sherry casks after all. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not a sherry bomb.

    The body is good. Again nicely fruity, but again not the dark and sweet notes you might expect. Rather sweet and sour on apricots and oranges, with a bitterness like from grapefruit. Some caramel, cinnamon and ginger. Some roasted nuts. Pleasantly warm.

    The finish, which is medium long, remains fresh, but then turns surprisingly spicy on ginger and pepper. At the death a lemon appears for a second.

    Lovely Glengoyne at a fair price (around 60 EUR), but as an homage to the introduction of sherry casks somewhat disappointing.


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