sergeColour: deep gold. Nose: punchy, starting with a profile that’s quite different
from the 1972s’ and 1973s’. There’s more oak, more vanilla and more spices but
not only that, the fruitiness is also less citrusy and more on gooseberries and
strawberries, maybe even cranberries. There are also more floral notes (lily of
the valley, peonies) and something rather oriental (rosewater, Turkish
delights). With water: ermlmd… it became strange, kind of cheesy. Fermenting
fruits, dirty/mouldy wood. Doesn’t take water too well I must say, although
these smells tend to vanish but not completely. Mouth (neat): very rich, very
creamy, very fruity and even sugary and quite oaky. Obvious notes of
crystallised ginger and lemon balm, white pepper upfront (comes usually later)
and tons of orange marmalade. Unusually invading for an unsherried Glengoyne.
With water: same comments, there’s much more oak and spices than in the 1972s
but it all works well – provided you like spices, pepper and cloves first.
Finish: long, remaining creamy. Lemon zests and nutmeg in the aftertaste.
Comments: I guess the cask was very active, or this one’s been re-racked into
first fill bourbon. Unexpectedly ‘modern’.