Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Unhurried Since 1833 (Black Label)
Added on
18 Apr 2013 9:19 pm

Average value

€ 138,17

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Whisky Reviews for Glengoyne 21-year-old

155 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring intense Sherrynoten flow from my glass. Fresh, red fruits dominate, especially cherries, strawberries and raspberries. A good portion of vanilla / caramel, raisins and orange peel add further accents. The abundance of flavors is enveloped by noticeable wood flavors, old leather and fresh pipe tobacco. The nose is tuned very harmoniously for my feeling. The spicy and leathery aromas can already draw conclusions about a decent age.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and soft at first, followed by a mild bitterness. Dry, intense Sherrynoten put a first exclamation mark. Dark fruits dominate in the beginning (cherries, plums, preserved raisins, blackberries) with a fine note of honey and caramel sweets. Strong-spicy wood flavors, leather, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate and nuts follow quickly. The alcohol content of 43% is perfectly integrated. The variety of flavors comes to the fore - with 46% -48% the whisky would certainly be a bit "better / more interesting". An alcohol content of 48%, for example, the 25-year-old Glengoyne, even if he is priced in a different league.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Pleasantly warming and aromatic. The dark fruits say goodbye very fast, so that the spicy flavors quickly take over the tastefulness. Cinnamon, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolate and spicy oak notes follow. A noticeable bitterness and dryness arise.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Just let the whisky do the talking..We could spend hour after hour talking about the body, nose, taste, structure, finish and so on but not with this one..i just don’t feel like when i smell this..

    Just pour yourself a dram, let it sit and breath for about 30 minutes. No for real...let it sit for this amount of time. Don’t you touch it. Not just yet.

    Find yourself the most comfortable position possible and just enjoy without a single word...oh man what a dram! 

    Best 95 euro’s ever spent! This is what whisky supposed to be.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A tad thin, but otherwise beautiful nose. Old-style, dry Oloroso and European-oak character. Intriguing, evanescent florals, thick stewed and/or dried fruits (plums, figs, cherries). Balsamic reduction, meat broth, soy sauce, sauteed mushrooms in Teryaki sauce, all kinds of umami. Oh boy, this would kill at a higher strength...

    The taste suffers a bit from the low ABV, especially toward the death, where the mouthfeel and the aromas drop off and become too thin. A sad moment, because before that, there‘s a lot of joy to be had, with rich, oaky and sherry-laden cavalcades of flavor. There‘s enough earthy, leafy, fruity sherry to prolong the experience into a long, teeth-coating finish, but the oak is curiously silent at the end. I would’ve welcomed some more pronounced coffee-and-cocoa notes at the death.

    All in all, I prefer the nose over the palate in this one.
    Excellent whisky for anyone who wishes Glenfarclas would use less refill casks and push the sherry more, but be advised: the GF 25, at roughly the same price, boasts a more nuanced palate and a better/bigger body.

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the whole, this bottling is very successful, although I do not like the dominant harsh and dark wood tones in the aftermath. Likewise, I find the Glengoyne 21 with only 43% a little weak on the chest. The nose is auspicious, at the beginning of the first sip the world is still perfectly fine for me. Unfortunately, the sweet and fruity elements do not save themselves in the second part of the taste and the aftertaste. Here dominate the already mentioned bitter and slightly bitter wood flavors. Nevertheless, I do not want to talk bad about this malt and today award "only" 87 points. In any case, this Glengoyne gets the next few days a second chance.
    • Nose
      Intense and strong amber shines in the glass while on the glass wall an oily streak has formed from which a few syrupy legs dissolve and run back into the premium sniffer with relish. Dark red berries and old caramel mix at the beginning of nosing to a fragrant mixture, a pinch of cinnamon falls into creamy milk chocolate. Sour cherries and plums rise, scuffing of orange peel trickles on dark caramel and creamy toffee. A touch of dry leather dissolves from the dark fruit mixture, old tobacco leaves exude their delicate fragrance. Overripe apples and lightly burnt sugar are added, the sweetish aromas are slowly gaining the upper hand. Sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon powder are permeated with spicy woody elements and a hint of sulfur. The nose changes slowly and becomes tart and darker, spicy notes of wood and a hint of dark chocolate dominate the nose now.
    • Taste
      Mild yet full-bodied, the first sip flows through the palate. Dark berries and spicy wood tones play together, the mouth becomes noticeably drier and tart. Sour cherries and plums appear before a subtle sharpness shyly covers the tongue. Somehow, the sharpness can not prevail and spicy, slightly tart wood tones dominate the taste. Dark caramel in combination with dark forest honey shows up, a touch of resin and pine needles flash up briefly. Echoes of furniture polish and dark wood notes end in a creamy mouthfeel. The second sip is initially mild and harsh, but I can hardly perceive fruit flavors now. The dark oak aromas outweigh, here and there dark caramel and a hint of sour cherries.
    • Finish
      Herb and partly bitter, the dark oak flavors rest on the palate. Again furniture polish comes to my mind, which slowly covers the tongue and leaves a pale and harsh taste on the tongue. The mouthfeel becomes noticeably creamier and tart. Where were the fruit flavors and the sweet elements from the nose and the first sip? At the moment, the dark and tart wood flavors have completely taken over control, now and then sparkle dark chocolate and dark caramel. An indefinable spice note slowly dissolves from the harsh wood tones and makes the aftertaste but not quite so monotonous. At the end of the aftertaste dark coffee aroma rises, creamy, the tart and spicy aromas sound and leave behind a hint of butter and old wood in the lower jaw.

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    My favorite, he actually has everything. If he was strong, there would be over 90 points.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Interesting nose, first no sherry, but super ripe apples and a lot of salt. And very much something that I call nose-feeling, that is, when the glass has long been gone, still stored a specific smell, or is verily occupied. Interestingly, I have mostly at Bourboncask whiskys. After a moment comes the sherry, but not dominant, but only here. Lots of salt and sea. Later loads of dark caramel. When heated, sherry dominates, still salty.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, a lot of oak, coffee, menthol, salt and caramel. Well balanced, everything plays together nicely.
    • Finish
      Still sweet, malty, with tannins and some menthol in the finish. Pretty long, becomes tartly salty to the rear, until at the end also, but tart nuttiness remains.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose still has the heather and honey notes of the 18-year-old, but here there's an undeniable focus on European-oak sherry butts. We've now crossed over into 100% sherry maturation. Consequently, this is darker, bolder, and more elegantly bitter than its younger siblings. Really rich and refined, with espresso, liquorice, umami, and assorted chocolate-covered nuts. If we compare this to rival products in the same price/age range, this one is softer than the 21-year-old Glendronach Parliament, but it boasts a cleaner and drier (Oloroso) sherry influence. As far as the oak-forward and mature nose is concerned, it's about on par with the 25-year-old Glenfarclas, though more sherry-driven and perhaps ever so slightly less multifaceted.
    • Taste
      Deep, dark chocolate; the whisky equivalent of Tartufo ice cream and mousse au chocolat. Perhaps a bit thin: once I had this blind and believed it to be bottled at 40%. So it's soft alright, but hey, sometimes you're in the mood for a well-aged, elegant sherried single malt that doesn't need to be tampered with and watered down to juuuuuust the right level of dilution but instead can be enjoyed exactly as it is poured, and this is precisely that. Immaculate balance between soft, sweet, and tart flavors, all on sherry and oak. Perhaps the 18-year-old is just a tad more vibrant and interesting, but this is still a lovely, well-sherried and affordable bottling that I know I will return to again and again. In other words: utterly charming and equally reliable.
    • Finish
      Ground coffee, dark chocolate, some bitters. Classic ex-Oloroso-matured aftertaste.

  7. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Oh man this is one hell of a treat. I told you before, let the whisky do the talking but i can't get it out of my head. It's a fact that i just have to do a tasting note for this one. If only it were that it just deserves it, big time! This is really good stuff. Spot on for my pallet.
    • Nose
      This one definitely needs 20-30 in the glass to breath. It's a bit closed at first but you immediately are being made aware of it's maturity. It's a little mysterious. After letting it breath:
      Man this is mature! Just beautiful. There a very refined sherry wood nose. It's smooth, it's creamy, it's mature, it's soft and oily. Ripe red fruits, and something syrupy. Almost maple syrup. Very gentle and refined spices/herbs. The depth in this one is amazing. A hint of Tobacco. Cigar leaves if you ask me. A little vanilla. Tanines complete a very thick bodied, mature nose. A very very convincing Glengoyne experience, i can tell you that!
    • Taste
      Again it's soft. Perfectly balanced, amazingly full bodied and thick. Like the nose suspects it to be, it feels really syrupy. Well done! Almost sweet spices complement a hint of raspberry, cherries and some dried plumbs. There's a typical dry olorosso note at the and. Definitely wood. And when you keep it in your mouth for like 15-30 seconds dry spices will appear. It gives this one a little bite and all of a sudden there's a small explosion of soft red fruits at the end. Well done Glengoyne!!
    • Finish
      When swallowing it, there's dry wood, oloroso sherry notes, plumbs and again very gentle spices. This one covers the mouth completely in a (again) syrupy, sticky way and it just doens't want to leave the pallet. Finish length...Does it ever end??

  8. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The entire review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      A wonderful sweet caresses the nose from the beginning. Honey, raspberries, pastries, gingerbread spices or even chocolate cake. Add some vanilla and beautiful oak notes. In addition, I recognize a slight fruity acidity, apricots and cane sugar. Overall, very round and full already in the nose. I could only smell the malt for hours. Over time, leather and a touch of freshly ground coffee will be recognized.
    • Taste
      The first thing I have to think about is a buttered peach. On the tongue, the Glengoyne is full and sweet and at the same time spicy-dry. Again shows some forest honey and matching berries. It takes some time, but after a short while the malt picks up speed despite its "only" 43% Vol. And leaves a soft tingle on the tongue. Now comes again Christmas spices, plus coffee and white chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long and sweet with honey, cane sugar, pastries, baking cocoa and some orange. Towards the end becoming drier. At the second tasting I had the feeling of tender smoke in the finish.

  9. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Complex, deep, dark. A great dram for fireplace evenings. Every cent works.
    • Nose
      Intense, dark fruit. Ripe cherry, sherry syrup, maple. Leather polish, molasses, oak. Wonderfully deep, sweetish-dark and complex. In the background vanilla pudding, cream caramel sweets and flower meadow. A nose for hours ...
    • Taste
      Oily-creamy on the tongue. Warm vanilla caramel pudding. Right behind it again intense sherry, oak spice, cherries, leather, molasses and honey. The nose repeats, plus coffee and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and pleasant, coffee, chocolate, sherry and oak.

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very round, very elegant. Simply good.
    • Nose
      Heavy, beautiful, dark Sherry scent.
    • Taste
      Comes around the tongue, filling the mouth soft and full. Very oily. Strong sherry, varnish and leather, dark fruits. Heat develops, only very tender oak. Dark chocolate joins.
    • Finish
      The medium-long finish is characterized by the slightly stronger oak.


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