N: A jump in maturity brings far more fusty/hessian notes than the 12yo. Some wine & cider join the honeyed & caramel, Shreddies, chalky Travel Sweets,… It develops into a mature vanilled grain-like whisky with a savoury-light mash balanced against a bourbon-led, sweetish citrus-fruit woodiness.
T: Some OBE, drats – thats often the problem with these miniatures. Time passes and [almost] all is well. Its a little sharp & erratic neat and initially loses out to the 12yo on power as well as commitment and vibrancy. With water: with little-to-no sherry action showing it speaks heavily of a mature, chalky-dry, lemon citrus-savoury-sweet Speyside-style malt matured in-refill bourbon [no complaints there], with a slightly waxy-oily mouthfeel too. Good stuff, old-skool!
F: Medium-short and soft, fusty=wafer, savoury-sweet.
C: What a journey. Score-wise I had this in the 70s before significantly upping the score to an appropriate 86. Then i saw Serge [and some Maniacs] had had a similar journey: 88/78/88. In the end, i realised this as a very decent old-style malt. Bucking the current trend once again, Glengoyne have subsequently replaced this 17yo with their 18yo. Scores a B[-]