Glengoyne 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Bourbon & 1st Fill Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Unhurried Since 1833
Added on
12 Dec 2012 10:23 pm

Average value

€ 55,96

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350 × member ratings

777 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 15-year-old

65 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.45 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    Located upon the Highland Line, there have been endless whisky debates as to whether Glengoyne is technically a Lowland distillery. Be that as it may, their 15-year-old Single Malt has definitely earned your attention. The nose is complex and intense with fresh fruits, grainy toffee and confectionery. Honey, sour apples and lemons intermingle with kiwi, sucrose and hints of white wine. Flavorwise, cinnamon, floral vanilla and walnuts add up to a rich and quite aromatic mouthfeel, followed by an earthy, slightly dry and oak-dominated finish. A lovely dram!

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. JHS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    a great single malt with lots of charakter and a great intensity although it's bottled at 43 %vol; a very understated single malt that gives a strong contrast to more well known distilleries
    • Nose
      sirupy sweetness; green apples; slight sourness in the backround; citrus notes; lemon; lime; oak; sherry in the backround; getting sweeter after some time; hints of spices; toffee; chocolate; overall a great complex note that combines maturity and refreshing youthfullness
    • Taste
      more intense sherry; oak; spices; apples; citrus notes;lemon; lime; slight bitterness; dryer; dried fruits in the backround; barley notes; coffee in the backround; nuts; overall a very intense and complex with a long development
    • Finish
      oak; coffee; much dryer; bitterness; spices; slight sherry; hints of green apples; a very long and intense finish

  3. Bullionstattsuppe scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    malthead: 82 points

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      For me, the first nose has an immediate WOW effect, as in, wow, I can't believe this cost under 40 bucks and performs like an 18-year-old. Much, much more mature and considerably richer than its 12-year-old sibling. Incredible nose, really: buttery, creamy, rich, sweet, with soft sherry and opulent oak. Round as a circle. Displays dark berry fruits, marzipan, caramel, cookie dough, Italian amarettini, ground coffee beans and freshly squeezed, sweet orange juice. There's nothing superfluous or missing here; it's perfect the way it is. How did Antoine de Saint Exupéry put it? "Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away".
    • Taste
      Soft and mellow initially, with juicy berry aromas appearing along with caramel sweetness. Then a distinct woodiness swells up and persists into the finish. Very well-behaved with absolutely no bite. Shorter development than the 12-year-old for some reason. Perhaps a bit uneventful and soft compared to the 12. Still very good, but it feels as if here, an extra 3% would have gone a long way. The palate is considerably less striking and more mundane than the nose.
    • Finish
      Ends on dark, roasted notes: espresso, charcoal, caramelized wood sugars. Does not become bitter. Again, very soft and restrained. You could also say, elegant. Very much a sipping whisky and an evening kind of dram, sadly somewhat lacking in ABV.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Apple, hazelnut, caramel, peach, vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      Apple, hazelnut, caramel, cocoa and citrus.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Hazelnut, caramel, apple and orange.

  7. mosesumike scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I do not want to lose much time here. He does not pick me up. I had trouble getting the bottle empty.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Okay, there's vanilla. Okay, it could be vanilla pudding too.
      Distillery comes with malt, therefore, plus earthy notes.
    • Taste
      79 79
      A spicy story. In this case, spiced vanilla. A little nutty.
      Could that be nutmeg in the middle? Not mine.
    • Finish
      80 80
      But rather long just because he says goodbye woody, bitter. I'll pour another whisky. Everything says already.

  8. 11insomnium scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Nosing: Fresh, mild, slightly fruity with some herbs, sweet, slightly floral

    Tasting: Something fruity and sweet, mild with only a little spice

    With water: fresher, lighter and a little pear

    Comment: Overall, surprisingly mild and quite simple. The 20% 1st Fill European Oak Sherry Casks are hardly recognizable.

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little the same profile as the 12 years on the nose, freshness and more wine less. Pretty fruity. No additional maturity detectable at this stage. In the mouth, wood like the 12 years old. But it is the spices from the barrels that are ahead (clove). Spicy vanilla on the finish. With a few drops of water, vanilla springs to the nose and some flowers. Spices are less ubiquitous in the mouth. Enthusiasm 3/5

  10. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant Glengoyne, nice bourbon flavors beside the sherry, but a bit thin at the finish. 83/84.
    • Nose
      Fresh. Sherry, honey, milk caramel, vanilla, green apple, citruses, spicy oak and mint.
    • Taste
      Oak and malt. Citruses, green apple, kiwi, vanilla and ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, fruity, oaky.


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