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Glengoyne 1972 MoS

Overall rating
91.32/100
votes
97
Whiskybase ID
WB13384
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Vintage
27.09.1972
Bottled
11.2009
Calculated age
37 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
3195/2
Number of bottles
277
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
30 jan 2010 10:54 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 460.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 1972 MoS

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.32 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Glengoyne 1985 cask 1391 got rave reviews here and elsewhere, but didn't really light my fire (85 pts.). However, here is an older single cask I can totally understand and give heaps of praise to.

    The first thing I noticed nosing this malt is that if its cask has changed during its maturation, I can't tell. The spirit and cask both bring out aromas I would expect of stuff made in 1972 with all the nice, restrained but varied European oak spices, old dry oak that hasn't gone over, and a tropical fruit juice note that comes in with some water.
    • Nose
      Dry old oak that reminds me of quality musical instruments, so it's one of those Stradivarius or Amati casks ;) Oak spices (a great combo of demerara sugar, cardamom, and muscat), some Maggi, and old cognac. There's some herbal thing here, fresh mint maybe. The nose is tight, though. You can really feel the over 50%, and even before tasting it already calls for water. When I finally give it a liberal amount (just a little does not take away the sharpness) it becomes amazing with a loud tropical fruit note from the distillate developing on top of all that venerable oak. There is sherry, but it is sublimely enmeshed in the whole so that this is by no means a boringly stereotypical quality sherry whisky. I could nose this for ages.
    • Taste
      My expectations are high after the nose, and I'm glad to find they are met and surpassed. It feels tight on the tongue even after drinking some 46% whisky before it, and calls for water. You'll still find a massive elegant sherry and oak waiting to be explored by your tongue. One of those whiskys where taking your time and rolling it around in your mouth for at least 20-30 seconds before swallowing will make your taste buds howl with ecstasy.
      Some 1½ teaspoon of water later the sharpness, and only the sharpness, is lost. That high quality sherry wood with its dry dark chocolate and spices is still here. Amazing tertiary development with one of my favorite smells in whisky, rosin, and I don't smell a single generic boring modern sherry cask (the good ones, not the rubber and fart monsters) note. The fruitiness opened up by water is to die for. It's like I'm drinking a mix of old Glengoyne and Glenglassaugh. I wonder if I were to buy a 1980s Glengoyne single cask and a 1960-1970s Glenglassaugh, could I recreate this at home by blending them? Discuss if you have the wealth to try. I don't.
    • Finish
      Stays a long while and never wears out its welcome. One of those old whiskys that don't have an excess of drying, bitter tannins but only the good parts of old oak.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very fruity reminiscent of the 73 speysiders, very good

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    A very fruity and spicy expression of a Glengoyne 1972 - for sure one of the better ones but also for sure not on the same level like my favorite cask 12044, it's wilder and less balanced and on the nose the overripe papaya is not necessarily a plus. Anyhow, overall it's a great bottling!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lots of fresh and tropical fruits, apple, pineapple, ripe papaya, little apricot, plum, dates, spices, pepper, cigar tobacco, whiffs of oak wood - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, more tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, spices, pepper, chili, tobacco, oak wood - excellent!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, fruity, spicy, zesty, more punchy

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's extremely good. In the beginning it's outright funky, but that settles soon (if you like the funk, drink it rather quickly and in small portions then). After settling, this is a very balanced and concentrated single malt. Dried fruit (prune) dominates, with also a touch of leather. This earthy side mixes well with notes of tobacco, cigar box, polished wood and cocoa. The finish lasts for ages (in my mind).
    • Nose
      91 91
      The nose is very exciting. From awkward to more standard, with a constant tension (an undertone of bitter notes, almost like mould but not fully). It starts rather funky and spicy, with lots of cocoa powder, cardamom beans, mint, nutmeg, before a more traditional red apple, prune, old leather books, cigar box, and an old oiled chesterfield (both the wood and leather) come into mind.
    • Taste
      92 92
      This is extremely good. The palate is not too dry (as I feared), has even a bit of a sweet and oily feel. It's very intense on prune (jam), with date, spices, hazelnut, cola, coffee, and cocoa. It's also leafy, with tobacco, wet leaves, and cigar box. One of the best palates I've encountered.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish is long, still prune-dominated but with more influence of the wood. It's all in a balanced and harmonised way. Also it reminds me of a good Christmas cake.

  5. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Träumchen, was always worried that he is "too smooth" me from the nose, but he still convinced extremely. The pomegranate and the sweet woods are not always in the station wagon.
    • Nose
      Lots of milk chocolate, lots of dark toffee, red apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, gingerbread, sweet licorice, hazelnut, sweet, rubbed leather, dark honey, very round and balanced nose
    • Taste
      A lot of great pomegranate, great sweet woods, oiled oak, also the oiled leather again, black cherry, raspberry, super balanced and yet present, nutmeg, anise, cinnamon, hint of black pepper as well
    • Finish
      Sweet-bitter, cherry, plum, pomegranate, tannins, fennel, oregano, long

  6. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This bottling is much more interesting than the highly rated Glengoyne 1972 MoS 1204, even if it seems more harmonious and balanced. While this bottling was available for around 180 euros, the MoS 1204 should cost around 300 euros.
    • Nose
      Plum juice, red grape juice. This impression disappears after a while in the glass. It creates aromas of sweet caramel, malt, roasted coffee beans, slightly sour and earthy-grassy notes are found.
    • Taste
      Wow, what a taste experience! Reminds me of old rum (Zacapa), but somehow also of old Glendronachs. Pure sugar masseuse, sweet malt. Great ratio of acidity and elegant woody notes, which do not dominate, but combine with the other flavors extravagant and produce elegant spices.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet-dry and slowly getting dry.

  8. autowatch092 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark amber
    Nose: Honey, prunes, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of bitter almonds, becomes fresher with water.
    Palate: Honey, tropical fruit, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg.
    Finish: Very long, fruity and slightly spicy.
    Overall: Extremely complex and richly-flavoured, this is a terrific fruity luxury digestive to enjoy after your Christmas dinner.

    http://www.dramming.com/2010/12/13/glengoyne-19722009-malts-of-scotland/

  9. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. Creen scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    very special with huge asian notes. extravagant!
    • Nose
      without water:
      wow, just old with furniture polish, dark fruits, dusty books, sweet oranges, leather, schwarzwälder-kirschtorte, honey, aromas of rum, sherry, candied ginger, asian spices, lemon grass, sugar beets, impressive.

      with water:
      more rum aromas come through, complex, hazelnut waffle (hanuta).
    • Taste
      without water:
      thick and oily with lemon grass again, fresh fruits, caramellsauce, salmon, bacon, old balsamic vinegar, sweet and intense.

      with water:
      oloroso sherry, walnuts, milk chocolate, wee touch of smoke?
    • Finish
      without water:
      long and intense with spices, chilli and a nice sweetness.

      with water:
      doesn't change much here in my opinion.

  11. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. magic_slim scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I am not sure whether the additional maturation really improved this whisky in comparison to the first bottling from this cask - but nevertheless it has superb quality. On sale for an unbelievable cheap price, if you you compare it with the price for other Glengoynes 1972, e.g. by the Whisky Agency (180-190 €). Highly Recommended.
    • Nose
      Warming, starting sweet and fruity with oranges in the dominating role. The aroma reminds of a confectionery, with pyramid cake, pastries and tortes. Furthermore there are notes of toffee and overripe bananas. Totally pleasant.
    • Taste
      Powerful, bold and, rich, alcoholic-sweet (schnaps pralines) and very convincing. Glorious oloroso sherry, toffee and lots of raisins. A lovely taste.
    • Finish
      Very long, sweet and beautifully sherried, developing a nice spicyness after some time.

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