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!
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
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
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
oak; coffee; much dryer; bitterness; spices; slight sherry; hints of green apples; a very long and intense finish
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".
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.
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.
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