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 10:43 pm

Average value

€ 60,05

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444 × member ratings

1002 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 15-year-old

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.39 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
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. TsiAI scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Room temperature when drinking: 17 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden yellow

    Smell Nose: At first it was alkaline bread and yeast dough. Nutty aroma is also obvious, walnuts, raw peanuts, macadamia nuts. At the same time there is a hint of salty, similar to the mix of milk salt. Then turn to honey and floral and fruity aromas, mainly yellow vibrant tropical fruits, sweet and sour bananas (peel), jackfruit, pineapple, egg mango (peel), and dessert aromas mixed with chicken cake. Wenxiang started to smell a bit old for a while, and turned to fresh fruit ten minutes later. Complexity is enough.

    Taste Palate: EXO? ? Wood flavor, diluted juice, bread, is almost tasteless, gone?

    Finishing Finish: Medium, Mango, Honey, Chicken Cake

    Body of the wine: light and slippery, full of fat, no tannin, bitter bottom

    Nose: 85/100

    Palate: 78/100

    Finish: 80/100

    Body: 83/100

    Overall: 80/100

    Overall: I was deceived by Wenxiang (` Д´)

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. Portfolioman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    overall a good standard, you don't necessarily have to buy twice
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits, sweet fruits, woody note
    • Taste
      sparkling, creamy, spicy, nuts, some pepper
    • Finish
      warming, woody, leathery, stimulates the flow of saliva

  10. mjts93 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    For me the best in the range in terms of value for money. Still has most of the signature Glengoyne notes with a slight sherried edge to it. Not as bitter as the 18 or 21 but not as sweet and lowland-like as the 10 and 12. The toffee in the 15 is pronounced with honey, green apples, dried apricots and some red fruits with no note completely dominating over the others. Finish is medium with little bitterness, more spices.
    The main flaw is how thin tasting this is (unfortunately this is true for the 10, 12, 15, 18 and even the 21 to some extent) If the ABV was increased to 46%(minimum!) I think my mark for the entire range would increase by a few points


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