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Glengoyne 15-year-old

Overall rating
83.41/100
votes
506
Whiskybase ID
WB38608
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & 1st Fill Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Unhurried Since 1833
Barcode
5010852026658
Added on
12 Dec 2012 10:43 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 67.77

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506 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 15-year-old

82 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.41 points

  1. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a very lively and only lightly sherried Glengoyne. I like it better than de 18 years old, a shame it is discontinued in the redesigned new range.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A bit stable-like/farmy at first with clear notes of straw. Then dulce de leche, vanilla, milk chocolate and a bit flowery. Adding water reveals some fruitiness (apples, apricot, grilled pineapple).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Caramel fudge, vanilla biscuit, fruity (apples, citrus, yellow raisins), some spices (ginger, white pepper, paprika powder) and some coffee.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nice and quite long with juicy citrus fruits, milk chocolate, same spices again including cinnamom.

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super 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
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Good standard, 47 € for 15 years and the distinct sherry keg are a fair thing.
    • Nose
      fruity-sweet, orange marmalade, dried apricots, jelly banana, some cinnamon and aniseed, honey ... over time, a mild-dry-woody note is added, the fruitiness goes a bit towards red berries, wine gum
    • Taste
      nothing more with fruit, but nutty, chocolaty, slightly spicy, creamy, oily, wild honey ... with longer time in the mouth always woodier and a little sharper
    • Finish
      medium to long, dry, walnut, slightly leathery, woody-bitter

  5. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Why is Ian MacLeod discontinuing this bottling?

    For me, the Glengoyne 15yo was and is an interesting and underrated bottling. From experience, oxygen is good for you. As the fill level decreases, the malt gets better and better. I rarely manage to drink just one dram. Ideal combination of bourbon and sherry aging.

    When tasting, we have a great arc of suspense. More on this in the details:
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sour fruits (Granny Smith, lemon, pomelo, sour apple rings) meet malty and bready cereals, grass and hay. Carrot cake, spices, nutmeg, cloves.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Glengoyne is typically very creamy, vanilla sugar, caramel, cream, children's bars, followed by the fruits, lemon sweets. Very tasty. Then add a little barrel wort. In the second sip this is more pronounced, without any bitterness. The sherry barrels give strength to the aroma. And that despite only 43%. Great.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Sounds very tasty and very typical for Glengoyne. Here it is mostly the consequent further development of the 12yo. The finale is perfectly balanced between lemon cake, juicy apples, caramel and chocolate. For 43% surprisingly present and long. You can't do much better anymore.

  6. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice and balanced sherried expression, a bit thin but overall enjoyable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry red fruits, caramel, marshmallow, little baking spice
    • Taste
      85 85
      Thin (low abv?), baking spice, nutty, caramel apple, raspberry.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Dry and tad short. Sherried sweetness tries to linger, but a smidge of oakiness prevails.

  7. Moses scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I don't want to waste a lot of time here. He won't pick me up. I struggled to empty the bottle.
    • Nose
      Ok, there is vanilla. Ok, it could also be custard.
      Distillery comes with malt plus earthy notes.
    • Taste
      A spicy story. In this case, flavored vanilla. A little nutty.
      Could that still be nutmeg in the middle !? Not mine.
    • Finish
      It's been a long time, but only because he's taking a woody, bitter goodbye. I pour myself another whisky. Says everything.

  8. 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

  9. Bootcho scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Freshness (citrus). Vanilla and Sweet Popcorn.
    • Taste
      Smooth and creamy. Sweet and Spicy.
    • Finish
      Last long. Sherry Wood.

  10. dimitrios scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

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