About the whisky: Glengoyne was founded in 1833. It is a highland distillery, although half of the distillery is situated in the lowlands. Distilled in the Highlands, matured in the Lowlands so to speak. Glengoyne is owned by Ian Macleod Distillers Limited and is therefore one of the few independently owned distilleries in Scotland. If you don't like NAS whiskies, Glengoyne still overs a wide range of age stated whiskies: 10, 12, 15, 18 and 21 year old whiskys are readily available.
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Glengoyne (Highlands)
Price: 0-50€ (40-55€ in Germany)58.2% ABV
Artificial Colour: NoNose: Strong arrival with some alcoholic notes. Dark dried fruits, you can taste the sherrycasks. Some strawberry and maybe currant with some sugared cherries in the background. Last but not least: a lovely vanilla note.
/with water: Sweet notes take over. Fruits, almost artificial ones and great smell of vanilla. I really like the nose!Taste: The alcohol is quite dominant in the beginning. I think I will add water later on. Strong influences of sherry with rasins and plums. A lot of bitterness from the casks.
/with water: Pleasant and it opened up. Sweetness with cherry and a lot of berries combine wonderfully with the vanilla notes. The texture is great: creamy and mild.Finish: Still strong and pretty long. Oaky notes and bitterness remain. Missing some complexity.
/with water. Again, like nose and taste the finish likes the added water. The oakyness retreats and some nice vanilla notes appear. Think of "oaky vanilla".
Overall Thoughts: No, this isn't a very old whisky. I think there are some old casks in the mix, but some young ones as well. The whisky shows what I love about cask strength: I like adding some water, some might like it without any. Some might want to add more... well, everything is possible with nearly 60% ABV! In addition, this dram shows a nice combination of a good spirit and a quality sherry cask maturation. Definitely worth buying!
Final Score: 6/7
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