Glengoyne 40-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Glencairn Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
40 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
45.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
22 aug 2010 2:27 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 6179.54

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Whisky reviews for Glengoyne 40-year-old

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.80 points.

  1. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The oldest, most valuable whisky ever produced in Glengoyne`s
    175-year history, this 40yo was distilled in November 1968 and has spent
    over four decades in a sherry butt before bottling into a beautiful
    Glencairn crystal decanter. A smash hit at The Whisky Show 2009.

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Has the colour of a 1970’s Karuizawa, so that’s very, very dark sherried & oaked prune juice. There are notes of deep, sweet, leathery, sherried putty - all deep-set into the oak. A somewhat soft nose overall like a tincture-malt with dried shiitake mushrooms on the side.
    T: Wow, boom! - that must be an impressive abv being strong & peppery with an intense, heavy & dark sherry-tincture body with some stewed mint, and yet 45.9% abv is a rather modest strength, though thoroughly respectful for a 40yo.
    F: Dark, stewed green notes.
    C: I really like this, so it must be pricey. Try this anytime you can.

    Scores a B+

  4. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 3.893 € at Whiskyauction in March 2016

  5. bull10298 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is the oldest and most expensive Glengoyne ever released by the distillery,
    and just 250 hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanters of 1968 distillate have been
    produced. According to Iain Weir, Marketing Director for brand owners Ian
    Macleod Distillers, ?This is a world class, once in a lifetime bottling. The 40
    Years Old single malt captures the pure essence of Glengoyne, from its heritage
    and craftsmanship through to its exceptional and unpeated ?real taste of malt.?
    It is a joy to open casks after four decades and find such great balance between
    cask and still. It doesn?t get any better than this.? Matured in ex-Sherry
    butts, the nose of this expression is rich and plump, with figs, vanilla and
    Sherry. It becomes smokier with exposure to air. The palate is full and fruity,
    with spicy banana notes, becoming drier and more oaky. Oak tannins make their
    presence felt in the lengthy finish, which features a final note of lingering


  6. boborban scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    sergeColour: amber. Nose: what strikes first here is the big freshness and the rather
    magnificent whirls of notes of sultanas, figs, dates and dried bananas. It’s
    rather less ‘polished and smooth’ than expected, and more nervous and fruity at
    first nosing. Develops more classically, though, on whiffs of cigar box, dried
    mushrooms (ceps), wax polish, mint flavoured tea, also earl grey, marzipan and a
    mildly invading sherry. Hints of crème brûlée topped with fresh ripe
    strawberries. It’s all superbly balanced but as often with very old whiskies,
    the verdict should lie on the palate, not on the nose. Mouth: nervous but less
    so than on the nose, starting more on heather honey and bananas flambéed as well
    as a little coconut liqueur. Less sherried than on the nose for sure. Develops
    on many fresh and dried fruits, figs first, with the oak starting to talk after
    a few seconds. Liquorice sticks and cinnamon. Finally apple pie (with
    cinnamon!), plum pudding and just a little apricot and strawberry jam. Extremely
    lively and fresh after all these years, not an old whisky that you ‘must’ like
    just because it’s old and ‘decanterised’. Finish: drier, rather long, with more
    tannins and cocoa now but nothing drying. Always that fresh fruitiness in the
    background. Comments: superb old Glengoyne, very complex and magnificently
    balanced. Do I really have to mention the price? £3,750.00.



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