Glengoyne 1988

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
19 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 May 2008 9:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 490.00

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63 × member ratings

61 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 1988

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.36 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Suddenly the sunny streets of Jerez have moved to Scotland. And they do so wihtout destroying the scotch landscape of this beautiful Glengoyne. This is old style PX, not out of the bimbamboom modern PX treated casks with young and sticky stuff, but one that gives the touch of dried plums that is perfect.
    Would I have gotten this in a blind tasting, I would have taken it to the 70s.
    Fab stuff - so much for the proof that dark sherry bottlings can be very complex. It takes one through the the whole basket of a few candied oranges but only one slice of candied lemon, raisins & nuts, leather, herbs, heavily (dark) roasted malt, some (good) wood as a backbone, dark chocolate (mousse) with a touch of furniture polish and fresh espresso powder- fancy that? ;-) (I do) - , cocoa powder with just enough sweetness to make this dram an utter enjoyment, which to me is exactly 5cl long (sample). That's basically what I get from nose to finish. A very coherent dram in this respect that more than tells you that life is beautiful, exciting and fun, even in lock-down covid times...

    Rather a dram to be prescribed due to its positive effects, NHS? anyone?

    PS: should Paxarette be responsible for this taste - legalize it! ;-)

  2. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


    Why would you rate whiskys that you didn´t even taste?! Or is it just a major coincidence that you rate all your whiskys with the same score as Serge? Hard to imagine...

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    who likes it dark, oaky and spicy
    or coffee roasted aromas like
    has found a nice representative of this
    the line runs absolutely consistently from the nose to the finish
    very beautiful as changeable the flavors present themselves
    only a fresh note is missing in the flavors
    • Nose
      dark cooked plum jam, almost burned
      a shot of malty dark beer
      old dark wood, dust
      sweet currants
      the bittersweet malt remains
    • Taste
      fruity spicy start
      Tingling on the tongue
      sweet currants
      roasted flavors
      very dense and full aromas
      bitter malt, a lot of oak and fruit with alcohol
      the dark tart part clearly outweighs
      on the palate remains dark chocolate with roasted coffee beans
    • Finish
      very long
      beautiful barrel flavors
      the warm, tender baked apple slightly caramelized (just got into the oven)
      dark dark chocolate
      and suddenly you have a whole plum in your mouth
      she stays whole

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a dream of an old sherry man.
    • Nose
      a lot of sherry, but also a lot of oak. Very spicy. Sweet, but also powerful. A little alcoholic without water. With a few drops of water, it is a little softer and sweeter. Great whisky.
    • Taste
      very strong, but tasty, a lot of oak, a lot of sherry, dried fruits, some salt.
    • Finish
      medium on sherry and oak, some tobacco.

  5. CaskHead scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Is this just a bold 'n' feisty PX cask? Or is there some Paxarette involved (hint distilled 1988)

  6. boborban scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    sergeColour: mahogany. Nose: heavy sherry, heavy coffee, Armagnac, prunes, leather,
    struck matches and cured ham. Simple, in-your-face heavily sherried malt. Maybe
    water will make it more complex. With water: it’s the gunpowder that comes out!
    Also quite some vinegar, balsamico… Gets then frankly (and frantically) acetic
    for a while, then back on balsmico and prunes. What a decoction! Mouth (neat):
    extremely rich and thick, extremely sherried! Corinth raisins and blackberry
    jam, Irish coffee and Chinese fermented plum sauce (the one they serves with
    Peking duck). With water: a little quieter and more approachable, with more
    dried fruits. Fruitcake galore. Finish: long, just as jammy and heavily
    sherried. Notes of grape pips in the aftertaste, tannins. Comments: total
    sherrybomb, almost Hulkish. For extreme sherry freaks only, I’d say.


  7. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Last bottle sold on whiskyauction.com was for 474€ in September 2018 (Item HM386).

  8. Sjaunja did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Price from Spring 2009 : 149.-€ in a German Whisky Shop

  9. Funati scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    A heavy sherry bomb with lots of PX sweetness. In the nose, the alcohol is present at the beginning, which settles with time and a little water, however. This is followed by intense dark fruits and oak. The fruits and the oak are also found on the palate again, but there are still complemented by spices. The finish is very long and characterized by oak and spices. I think this malt is awesome ... with the combination of sweet fruits and tart spices it remains very exciting and does not kill one with just one flavor.
    • Nose
      Sweet rum raisins, figs, cooling alcohol, menthol, dry wall unit, red berries, leather, cinnamon, vanilla
    • Taste
      PX sweetness, dried fruits, berries, oak, malt, sweet red apples, bitter oak, cinnamon, clove, espresso
    • Finish
      long, PX syrup which slowly fades, a lot of oak, cinnamon, molasses

  10. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is my 182nd whisky rating and the best one yet. I´ve never given a higher rating. Well deserved!

    And btw: this is the darkest (natural colour) that I´ve ever seen a whisky to be. 
    • Nose
      This is truly overwhelming, as if I was sniffing at a bottle of sherry. As fruity as it can get. Very dark and ripe plums and figs. Immense sweetness, just as if someone would have dissolved a package of cane sugar in the bottle and the result was this thick, dark-brown liquid which is supposed to be whisky, but smells like pure, very alcoholic sherry after all. Simply amazing! Underlined by a superb spiciness, that takes you back to christmas morning when the entire house is filled with the smell of cookies and cakes with cinamon, cloves and some vanilla sugar. Wow!
    • Taste
      Very powerful start. Initally sweet. Then real spicy oak kicks in, along with some light pepper. Maybe that´s the ginger the original tasting notes describe. It´s smooth and gentle on the one side, but rough and wild on the other. Soo fruity, so spicy with a new flavor to be discovered every second. Incredibly sweet at all time.
    • Finish
      Loooong finish. All along it´s an interplay between this superb PX-sweetness and this spicy (european) oak. Lots of oak, but not too much and not bitter at all. In the end the sweetness takes the win and is lingering on like forever. Not dry after all.


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