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Glengoyne 12-year-old

Overall rating
82.01/100
votes
510
Whiskybase ID
WB38609
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
ex-bourbon and sherry casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Unhurried Since 1833
Barcode
5010852026641
Added on
12 dec 2012 10:40 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 58.87

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 12-year-old

61 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.01 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Malty, floral, and fruity, with the tart citrus of many an entry-level 12-year-old. Some pineapple and coconut speak of the ex-bourbon-matured components. Beneath that, some well-aged wood notes with slight spices and a whiff of sherry. This feels light, but in true Highland fashion, it simultaneously signals that there will also be a substantial, robust aspect to the experience. The nose becomes less fresh and instead more rounded and deeper / darker after the first sip(s).
    • Taste
      Vanilla and florals appear first. Fresh without becoming fizzy. Then it's the fruits' turn, and, as it begins to go down, creamy caramel and a tinge of wood enter the equation. In other words, it transitions from bright and fresh to settled and refined. Very impressive development for its age. A whisky that immediately convinces you that it is the product of careful maturation and sound wood management; you get the sense that no one has cut any corners here.
    • Finish
      Fruit and oak, oak and fruit. Ends with still discernible citric bite and restrained tanninicity. After a minute, a welcome sense of coffee appears and remains for quite a while. Medium to long finish, especially if you take the age into account. An elegant affair throughout.

  2. robbert88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sultana biscuits, oil, distant lavender, coffee, sherry, honey, dried fruit
    • Taste
      Surprisingly soft opening actually. Clear sultana again. Vanilla, honey, nesquick, a little pepper and nougat.
    • Finish
      Bitter, dry, spicy and medium long.

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A good, well balanced whisky. Value (£29) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Caramels and vanilla notes, showing a use of the American oak here. Quite malty with a touch of orange peel. Green apples and ripe pears. Some dried fruits as well, raisins perhaps, but the sherry notes are not very upfront.
    • Taste
      Sweet honey and vanilla. Orange peels and some coconut. More of that apple and pear note. Some milk chocolate notes along with some ginger spice.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, some oak spices here.

  4. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The aroma smells good, and you can feel the elements of sherry are very rich,
    A sweet sherry cask whisky full of sweet dark fruit, honey, vanilla,
    The most special is the Finish after swallowing, with a very comfortable sweet and fruity fragrance lingering in the throat.
    The overall feel is very similar to the Glen dronach 12yo, but with some less burnt oak bitterness in the mouth and slightly less complexity to taste, but the Finish performance is definitely a win for the Glengoyne 12yo.

    It's a sherry cask type of whisky that I would love.
    The taste is rated 85 points, and the price does not affect the score.

  5. AlexZah scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Hsh scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    A mix of bourbon and sherry
    A little bit of caramel spicy and a bit sweet, but it's flat. Is it somewhat similar to Balvenie?

    Finish is very weak
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      73 73

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good everyday dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Francishomola scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      toffee, full, soapy, sweet-sour, vanilla,
    • Taste
      84 84
      nice spicy, floral,
    • Finish
      84 84
      little bitter,

  10. JJKATED scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  11. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Sherry just ruins it.

  12. GlenWim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  13. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Full-bodied and more vanilla nose, towards white plum and coconut. It's round, gourmet, on sponge cake, whipped cream waffle. The entry in the mouth is always sweet, on lemon. Then the spices settle in, pepper, mustard, ginger. It's warm. The finish is very balanced, not very aggressive, but quite long, on muscat grapes, sprinkled with milk chocolate. It is evanescent on the end, on the green apple, and some floral reflections.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/09/glengoyne-10-yo.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  15. noelc scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      a somewhat foul orange peel smell when you take it to the nose.
      When walsing it opens up and becomes a complex nose and fun to dissect.

      raisins, herbal, apples, hint of honey and caramel
    • Taste
      83 83
      fruity, trancends to caramel and spicy (ginger?)
      becomes amazing when you take some air with it, really mixes acidity with the spiciness
    • Finish
      81 81
      sherry, citrus

  16. MLE scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  17. dimitrios scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. P.K.S scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A re reveiw, love this stuff
    • Nose
      Sweet pear,banana,aple,malt,oak,green draips,peach
    • Taste
      Mild, sweet, honney, oak, wood spisess, orange
    • Finish
      Fruty,oransje,honney,malt,oak and oak spisyness,mouth drying, short finnish with apricot

  19. P.K.S scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A re reveiw, love this stuff
    • Nose
      Sweet pear,banana,aple,malt,oak,green draips,peach
    • Taste
      Mild,sweet, honney,oak,wood spisess, oransje
    • Finish
      Fruty,oransje,honney,malt,oak and oak spisyness,mouth drying, short finnish with apricot

  20. hafssol scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Warm, round and smooth taste, with lots of vanilla and dried fruits. Very easy drinking but balanced and rewarding, especially for an everyday winter dram, with hints of spring flowers and fruits and a pleasant slightly oily palate. Worth the price for sure.

  21. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The alcohol is neither noticeable in the nose nor in the mouth, the aromas dominate. A really enjoyable dram to enjoy anytime. Well balanced!
    • Nose
      84 84
      I have the sherry in my nose straight away. Together with the sherry notes, a sugary, caramel-like fragrance flatters the nose. Behind it is the fruit basket that you are used to from a bourbon barrel - ripe, light fruity pome fruit variations such as apples and pears, but the sweet fruity variant. And a certain citrus note can also be noticed, but more the zest than the squeezed juice.
      Nice odor composition. You don't notice anything about the alcohol, which is given here as 43% - no burning at all, the alcohol is very nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very nice mouthfeel. Oily, waxy, the malt lies on the tongue and fills the entire mouth with a delicious taste. Salivation starts immediately. A fruity, sweet start right at the beginning of the first sip. The sherry notes are instantly present. After the second try, the malt becomes clearer and a nice sweet cake note.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A subtle, not intrusive spice nuance to feel at the end on the palate. The fruit component slowly fades and turns into a soft oak. The finish does not last very long, the oak and the dark chocolate associated with it have a little longer in the mouth.

  22. Gweddry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    and
    • Nose
      Honey, raisins, green apple in caramel, sour, weak buns, weak sherry, lime, apple cider vinegar
    • Taste
      juicy, fresh fruit, malt, honey, sherry
    • Finish
      oak, sherry, apple, rye

  23. alkisd8 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A smooth easygoing drum.Sweet and not so complex an afternoon ones.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity with orange marmalade,honey notes,and smooth
    • Taste
      84 84
      Again here the arrival is smooth,the orange marmalade the is here,some spiceness come through,maybe ginger,or pepper light.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Its smooth ending with fruits spiced with no tense,some amoke at the back,and nice sweet warminess at the end.Medium finish

  24. Gous scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  25. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    blind tasted on 04-14-2020. (85/84/84)

  28. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      60 60

  29. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      marzipan, nuts, apricot, figs, sultanas, strawberry, lime, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/whiskylive-2019-day-1-part-2/

    C: With very light-modern sherry action, we’re starting to enter whisky adulthood at 12 years, though funnily enough I miss the 10yo’s youthful song.

  31. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  32. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant and easy to drink fruity, spicy Glengoyne.
    • Nose
      Floral. Honey, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and citruses.
    • Taste
      Fruits, dark chocolate, honey, gerbeaud, pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet, spicy.

  33. Mr. D. scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  34. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is quite light, with a little spice and some decent apple notes and hints of vanilla,
    Fine for a daily sipper

  35. Sandman scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Raisins, chocolate, apple peel, pear, banana, vanilla, licorice, honey, bit oak and lemon.

  36. Kostya scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    it needs some time to breathe and you will get a very good whisky  (may 2017)
    • Nose
      (neat) burnt sugar, maple syrup, plum jam, strawberry jam, some quality sherry cask maturation nose. Very soft and subtle yet complex nose(water) much sweater with water added, light saltiness appears, honey, dates 
    • Taste
      (neat) semi-sweet taste, dark dried fruits, dark chocolate, clove, touch of ginger, very inviting taste
      (water) fresh ginger, oak spices, sugar, vanilla, bitter-sweet taste 
    • Finish
      medium long, bitter spices, some sweetness 

  37. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Yellow apples, limes, grated lemon peel. Light cake batter, a hint of vanilla sugar.
    • Taste
      Cornflakes, mild honey, some banana. Hazelnuts, white chocolate. Medium.

  38. xFabe did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Nose has disappointed me. There was just not enough. Everything that happens in the mouth is really exciting for a 12-year-old.
    • Nose
      Sweet apple, acidic counterpoint, lime, warmed up with the hand comes a little more, now also a rather restrained sherry note, light spice in the background towards barbecue spice mixture, second nose is more alcoholic and spicy, nutmeg
    • Taste
      Full-bodied it flows over the tongue, hearty herbal notes are spreading, almost buttery, dark chocolate is coming, looks quite old for a 12-year standard, candied ginger
    • Finish
      Here, too, the Glengoyne feels rather grown-up, after a delicious swing oak dry spices spread in the mouth, white pepper, low-fat dry nut

  39. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Beautiful, crunchy standard for ~ 35 €, no extraordinary flavors, but has over the 12 years, enough intensity, not too young, not too mild, not too diluted.
    • Nose
      sweet, a little vanilla and honey, lots of caramel, ripe banana, with fresh cereals, some acidity and hay and a hint of saltiness (?)
    • Taste
      Caramel, spicy grain, malt, a light, tart fruity note, slightly hot (ginger, pepper), for 40% quite strong and intense
    • Finish
      medium long, slightly nutty, dark chocolate, some pepper

  40. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind
    • Nose
      Nice nose, if not complex and still very young. Strong fruit flavors with a good portion of wood.
    • Taste
      Acid is getting stronger and stronger from second to second, but builds up after about 15 seconds. Fruits (apple / pear / pineapple) with strong, pleasant wood.
    • Finish
      Elegant and long finish with fruit, berry juice and mild wood nuances.

  42. Waykid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It is pleasant enough but I think it suffers a bit from the low ABV. As said before, I would love to see this at 46 %. The side that I think Glengoyne does the best in these young ones and that is for me their makers mark is the grainy-wholemeal-cereal-side also obvious here. They do it better than any of their contemporaries i'm aware of. For me this balances the outcome and adds a couple of points to the relative thinness of the spirit.
    • Nose
      Rather pungent at first, some XO-calvados with these waxy-overripe apply notes, than some sweetness, a little thin though pleasant: grainy and cerealy, dried figs and apricots, honey, some chlorine.
    • Taste
      Nice, faintly grainy-bourbony, very malty, really pleasant cereals and wholemeal cooked oats, honey. A bit dryish, the dryness turns to some liquorice-salmiaky notes.
    • Finish
      Malty-grainy, honeyed, shortish.

  43. toklian scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Serge says

    Colour: pale gold. Nose: malty and fresh at
    first nosing, with a little fudge and caramel as well as ‘a Mars bar’.
    Doesn’t change much after that but it’s all pleasant and kind of
    undemanding. Yet after fifteen minutes, more fresh oak starts to come
    through (vanilla and coconut) together with some orange, possibly from
    sherry here. Mouth: extremely malty and caramelly, all on tarte tatin,
    various cakes, toffee, butterscotch… In a way, it’s rather old-style.
    Good body. Finish: quite long, with more pepper on toasted brioche and
    always a very noticeable maltiness. Some liquorice and a lot of caramel
    in the aftertaste. Comments: I don’t think it’s very different from the
    older 12. That’s good news, I always enjoyed the 12. Ultra-classic. SGP:441 - 84 points.

  44. Achany scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    very lovley stuff. sweet and good influence from the casks. it is a good start to get into Glengoyne, a light Whisky but still enough complexity here. Looking forward to tasting more of Glengoyne.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  45. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    very round, very tasty, straightforward but as good as no sherry influence, the strong malty vanilla and Toffeenoten I like, but on the palate it is quite weak
    • Nose
      sweet, strong vanilla, caramel and toffee, little sherry, initially a bit alcoholic, a few red fruits but stronger are green and red apples, banana, citrus, little oak, some cinnamon, tasty and sweet overall impression, milk chocolate with grapes
    • Taste
      sweet with toffee, vanilla, some cinnamon, some oak, apples, a bit watery, malty
    • Finish
      short, vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, nuts, little tender bitter chocolate, here I miss the sherry completely

  46. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    You have to give him some time in the glass, then he is quite complex and well balanced for his 12 years. Beautiful every day dram!
    • Nose
      Very ripe apples, slightly citrusy notes, more yellow fruit, some toffee, a slightly salty, sweaty note and above all lies a hint of freshly cut hay. It warms up fuller and fuller, more toffee and more hay, also some mint.
    • Taste
      For 43% surprisingly powerful, ginger and pepper develop slowly, while in the foreground honey sweetness with fruit notes and chocolate notes courtesy of the tongue. Something oak already sounds. The mouthfeel is full.
    • Finish
      He goes relatively quickly on the sweet notes with menthol and leaves something slightly nutty on the palate.

  47. FernetBranco scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  48. domani scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Great nose. Unfortunately one waits in the taste in vain for what the nose promises. The departure is very short - 28.04.2014
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, coconut, toffee, delicately fruity
    • Taste
      Alcoholic, something sweet
    • Finish
      Short

  49. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On this occasion, I had more time than for my previous tasting (note). At first, the caramel influence might be quite big (and that's not my favourite), but over time it calms down. A welcomed dram!
    • Nose
      Caramellised apple, fresh pears, toffee, banana, dried mixed fruits, coconut, honeyed popcorn, hay, mint 
    • Taste
      Sweet and warming. Orange, vanilla, dried fruits, honey, malted barley, hay and popcorn. 
    • Finish
      Fruity and not becoming bitter at all. A bit of pepper, but full of pear and orange, mango, honey and cereals.

  50. squaadgras scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  51. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Quite fruity, creamy style. Good value for money.
    • Nose
      Caramelized apples, breakfast cereals, a little citrus
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, in which the citrus takes over from the apples. Works well.
    • Finish
      Moderate and round, a continuation from the nose. Pleasant.

  52. vb_bembel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  53. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Still an aperitif style whisky, the 12yo shows more depth and
    complexity compared with the 10yo. It is a very decent dram with a
    lovely nose and a delicate taste. Exceptional value for the money, very
    drinkable.

    I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Gentle fruitiness with yellow apples, grapes, and tropical yellow
      fruits. Honey sweetness mixed with malt and vanilla. There's a hint of
      coconut and citrus shining through, matched with a touch of sherry and
      gentle ginger spice. This one needs time to develop its subtle aroma
      spectrum.
    • Taste
      Big with a delicate fruity sweetness. Great body with mango, apples,
      ginger and pepper. There's a touch more sherry coming through compared
      with the 10yo. Woody, significant spice with a shortbready note and oak
      in the background. Bold mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, oily, warm and spicy. The peppery and fruity mix sticks on
      your tongue for quite a while. Flavours coat your mouth in a sightly
      astringent but enjoyable manner.

      WITH WATER: Oh yes, water enhances
      the tropical fruitiness significantly, more yellow ripe apples mixed
      with spice - German apfelstrudel. Malty sweetness and oak. Very delicate
      and accessible.

  54. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted together with the 17-year-old.
    Good whisky hard money.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  55. Arquebus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Proper old style whisky. I found this whisky benefited from sitting a while in a glass with a lid. Smell the bottom of the lid to get the best of the lighter volatiles – especially the oak spices. I managed to pay the equivalent of e30 or £23 in a local supermarket Christmas offer. So exceptional value for the money too!
    • Nose
      Subtle,
      delicate at first. Immediate oak spice on the nose, delicate fruitiness. Some deeper
      fudgy notes lurk amid a general maltiness. Over time sherry notes come to the fore. Try nosing from from different distances away the glass to capture the different elements.
    • Taste
      Slight saltiness on the palate, Demerara sugar – crisp and juicy, more malt, a lick of vanilla and more oak spices with a hint of earthiness into the finish. The use of Sherry casks is subtle so as not to overpower the malt (suggesting a high proportion of good quality refill butts in the mix).
    • Finish
      The finish has a good length.

  56. Arquebus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. Koloman scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      76 76

  58. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Like the 10's it is very malty, straightforward and round. The 2 years more maturity is best felt in the apple note (10er green, here yellow) and the slightly less (yet strong) malt sweetness. Despite the maturation in only sherry barrels, the sherry touch holds back. Nice all-day dram of no one overwhelmed.
    • Nose
      strong malty sweetness, toffee, yellow apples, some grated lemon and orange peel, in half dry sherry
    • Taste
      clearly sweet malt, a little apple, very slightly nutty, slight bitterness of orange peel
    • Finish
      medium long, also sweet malty here, gets a little drier with a very delicate bitterness of espresso, and finally a bit of semi-dry sherry

  59. BeatF scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Young, sparkling, flawless drop, coming from a really beautiful distillery, as I noticed at the beginning of this year's Scottish holiday.
    • Nose
      Lemon peel, cereals, chocolate, apple
    • Taste
      lively and spicy
    • Finish
      slightly salty, the aforementioned Geschmaecker not disappear so quickly from the senses

  60. Master Quill scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Entry level malt, but if it really sells for almost 50 Euro\`s, too expensive, in my opinion.

  61. scojac11 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

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