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Glengoyne The Legacy Series

Overall rating
84.61/100
votes
236
Whiskybase ID
WB125088
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Chapter One
Bottled
14.01.2019
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 14 01 19
Barcode
5010852041217
Added on
29 jan 2019 10:57 am by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 87.34

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne The Legacy Series

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.61 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. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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. ;)

  4. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 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.

  5. Svarttt scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I appreciate Glengoyne for properly matured malts and especially the older sherry casks.
    Unfortunately, that's the opposite, the sherry can be felt in the nose, but also missing notes. Generally it is unbalanced with an unpleasant dry aftertaste.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    An unusual way for Glengoyne to use NAS. But I'm afraid it won't open. The strengths are in the finish. Otherwise I would prefer the much cheaper 12yo.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Initially something immature and a few missing notes, takes a few minutes in the glass. Unhurried since 1833 ...
      Pear and apricot lie in front, behind that some cinnamon, only hidden behind more typical sherry notes. You need a lot of patience for more spices.
      From the Glengoyne OA, most likely to be compared with the 12yo, albeit less fruity and more spicy. I wouldn't have thought of First Fill Sherry first.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Quite an aggressive start, still rough for 48%, I imagine I can feel a little youth here. Leads to devaluation. The peppery beginning then turns into a delicious sherry profile with bitter chocolate, dark fruits and nuts. Also quite bitter in the first sip, the second sip no longer reflects that. Without the nasty start, 85/86 would have been possible. It gets better with a little water. Why is 44-45% not bottled?
    • Finish
      89 89
      This is where I like it best. (First Fill) Sherry barrels now positively recognizable. Not intense, but still quite a long finish (for NAS). Fruity, chocolate, delicious.
      Aha, the finish unfortunately loses with water. So far the 48% are okay ...

  7. 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.

  8. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
      Fruity (apples, pears), almonds, honey, orange marmalde, vanilla, spicy (ginger, pepper)
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sharp, orange zest, spicy (cinnamon), nutty, syrupy
    • Finish
      79 79
      Rather short, sweet, fruity, nutty

  9. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/glengoyne/glengoyne-legacy-chapter-one/

    Nose: fruity spirit in the lead, rather than the sherry character. Baked pears, almonds and honey. Orange marmalade, hints of apricot tarte tatin with vanilla sauce. Grain biscuits and green malty notes. Growing spices, mainly ginger and pepper.
    Mouth: a tad sharp, with some peppery notes and a slightly bitter edge of marmalade and orange zest. Green malty notes again, a hint of wood and alcohol. Syrupy notes in the background, as well as cinnamon and roasted nuts.
    Finish: not too long, with sweet and nutty flavours remaining. Cinnamon and almonds.

    Chapter One is different from other Glengoyne whiskies, which is surprising if it’s meant to celebrate its heritage and quintessential features. It feels young, with green notes and spices instead of the richer sherry flavours.

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not too impressed here, and not what you'd expect from a whisky matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks.
    • Nose
      A slight dirtiness/metallic flavour I usually associate with the likes of Ben Nevis. A hint of sultanas and cocoa powder, as well as toasted bread, overripe apple parts, and sweet apple cider. Whisper of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Somewhat sour, with pickled lemon, and a slight bitterness as well. A very noticeable wood influence. Slightly oily mouthfeel, which is nice, as well as burnt caramel and marzipan.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices (nutmeg and pepper), lemon.

  11. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. fnk scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is nondescript, some kind of bourbon sweetness slips through, there are not many moments from sherry, for its speed it is quite prickly in taste. Aftertaste - sour compote. Either the receptors did not recover after COVID, or the molt is really weak. I did not expect a masterpiece, but I did not expect that everything would be so modest.

  13. Hsh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose Freshly Baked Cake, Butterscotch

    taste
    marmalade orange,
    Spicy

    Finish Licorice, a little cinnamon, a little dome at the end of the ginger flavor

    It's not like it's unorganized, but it's very sherry.
    I like it because I have enough personality
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    84.5 points
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. Gregorsky scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Roley scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  17. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very aromatic and round finish.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. PatienceDearSir scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich with hints of raisins and toffee.
      Very spicy on the tongue.
      Sherry cask drinkers delight and for almost £46 you can't go wrong
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Highlander65 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A more than good whisky, very enjoyable but without excesses, a classic speysider. A distillery that does not disappoint.
    • Nose
      lots of sweet and ripe fruit, raisins, hints of mint and anise
    • Taste
      sweet, spicy, sour but sweet fruit, almond, licorice
    • Finish
      medium, licorice

  20. jykoo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Medium- Intensity, quite young, yeasty, not much sherry note in it. do get some cherry, orange. Some More spice lik pepper, and a little hint of cinnamon
    • Taste
      84 84
      Medium intensity, more interesting than on the nose but not as complex as expected, sweet and a little bit of sourness and cheddar like dairy note.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium Finish with some dark chocolate and oak

  21. RJKrueger scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A Glengoyne that is unfortunately somewhat unbalanced in taste for me, so you shouldn't expect too much.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity nose with Whilliams pear, raspberry and blackberry, surrounded by aromas of sherry.
    • Taste
      84 84
      After initially fruity sweetness, it changes with spiciness to slightly bitter wood notes. Somewhat out of round.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the long finish, the bitter notes recede; leather and tobacco remain. Dry.

  22. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  24. DennisV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  25. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. P.K.S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  28. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  29. IIIZIII scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2019.02.21
    • 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.

  30. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Cartwright
    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.

  31. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    15-11-2019
    • Nose
      77 77
      cinnamon, caramel
    • Taste
      79 79
      caramel raisins
    • Finish
      78 78
      caramel raisins

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    He is still a little young, but on the whole well done. The barrel had a wonderful influence. Intense sherry, nuts, especially chocolate and some leather. Long intense finish. Everything there and in total more intense than the 12- and 15-year-olds. However, the youth is still clear, which makes him seem a bit wild and unbridled now and then. Therefore, I do not quite understand why you bottled this whisky with a hefty 48%. This makes it only bissiger or edged and unfortunately is rather out of round, which ensures deduction point. However, he can tolerate a few drops of water.

    In sum, it is not a bottle that I have to have on my shelf with me. Especially since for less than 50 € much more harmonious and still similar intensive whiskys can be found.

  34. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    All in all a delicious fruity-spicy malt from the sherry barrel, which cannot completely hide its youth (it lacks depth and complexity). Tasty on their own, but the older ones are a much better choice and I prefer them.
    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity-sweet; intense sherry flavors; Dried fruits; Raisins; Dates; some pear; Spices; Cinnamon; delicate vanilla; caramel
    • Taste
      84 84
      juicy and creamy; sourly fruity; Sherry flavors; Raisins; accompanied by a harmoniously integrated tart oak flavor;
    • Finish
      82 82
      Dried fruits; Raisins; Figs; tingly spicy; pleasant slightly tart / bitter oak note lingers for a long time

  35. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Chapter One is different from other Glengoyne whiskies, which is surprising if it’s meant to celebrate its heritage and quintessential features. It feels young, with green notes and spices instead of the richer sherry flavours.

  36. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It’s certainly not bad but also it’s quite a ‘story-driven’ whisky.
    • Nose
      Young Oloroso sherry nose. Intens european oak notes. There is some freshness in it and red fruits. Fermenting hints. Not really complex. Adding water makes it a little more spicy and dark fruited, but not a big difference. No off notes. Good daily dram.
    • Taste
      Slightly dry oloroso sherry notes. Taste is the best part. It’s quite balanced for a young whisky. Again not very complex. Slightly malty, Spirity taste. Bitter sweet and slightly dry.
    • Finish
      Short-medium. Red fruits, oaky and again sherry. There a slight peppery hint at the end.

  37. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The taste is prominent, but here is a metallic line in the background. 84/85.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry, phosphorus and sulfur, caramel, citruses, strawberry, copper coins and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sherry, ripe fruits, caramel, honey, citruses, tannic oak and spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, spicy, oaky, metallic.

  38. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity at first, but more of a fruit brandy character, but then the sherry dominates. The same applies to the taste, as the sherry is really impressive here. Slowly comes the cinnamon and a hint of nut.
    The aroma is very young at first, but then picks up speed and more than makes up for the first impression.
    • Nose
      78 78
      First very fruity (Williams pear, fruit brandy character, but still balanced); then comes a really nice sherry sweetness; Spiciness readily available; go slightly in a caramel direction
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sherry; spicy oak; slight cinnamon sharpness; the first-existing fruit-fruitiness gives way to the spice, but then comes back. Then the seasoning then remains and it is accompanied by a slight Nussigkeit
    • Finish
      90 90
      First cinnamon, then nutty; then slightly tart (dark chocolate); clear sherry, which stays; becomes slightly dry later (tongue sticks to the palate)

  39. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/whiskylive-2019-day-1-part-2/

    C: 100% 1st-fill oloroso matured, this juice feels more ‘complete’ compared to the 10 & 12yo certainly. A well concocted annual release.

  40. kuli1 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  41. ArSc2 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  42. rb854 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  44. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Citrus fruits, marzipine, orange peel, rose fruit, sherry, wood and vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Marzipine, sherry, oak, chocolate, vanilla, sultanas and cherries.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Red fruit, oak, vanilla, marzipine, chocolate and pepper.

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

    A fruity, creamy and nicely spicy single malt from Glengoyne. Although it was matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks, the distillery character of Glengoyne is still very well present. The beautiful pear aromas unite with the sweet vanilla custard and the spiciness from the European oak to form a harmonious and balanced composition, which is very well illustrated by the 48% abv and the lack of chill-filtration.

    I thank BORCO for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2019/02/27/glengoyne-the-legacy-series-chapter-one-2019/
    • Nose
      Fruity and sweet on the nose with ripe yellow pears and juicy sultanas, followed by sherry, creamy toffee and vanilla custard. Then a delicate spiciness arrives with cinnamon and subtle oak, accompanied with dark chocolate in the back.
    • Taste
      Bold and thick on the palate with sweet notes of oranges, vanilla and toffee. Oaky spice is coming through along with cinnamon, ginger and a whiff of white pepper, followed by dark chocolate. The sherry casks add some nice nutty flavours, too.
    • Finish
      Good length. Creamy, sweet with dried fruits and sticky toffee, followed by oak spice and fine nutty flavours on the tail.

      With water: Fruity and fresh on the nose with a few drops of water, with additional oak spice. Quite spicy on the palate with pepper, prickling oak, cinnamon and ginger, complemented with dried fruits, vanilla and creamy toffee. The finish shows good length with dark chocolate, hazelnuts and dried fruits.

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