My tasting notes are after +/- 40 minutes of untouched airtime in the glass.
At first there is mainly a mature, mildly spiced ‘haze’ to it. In other words: quite closed and shy.
The nose needs time, hand warmth and a drop of water to wake up and reveal it’s full flavors. After that, the party begins:
Green Apple, oranges, mild spices like cinnamon and caramel. Also there is milk chocolate, leather, red fruits and a whiff of old cigar boxes. This is a complex and highly enjoyable nose! Dried green herbs and a wee hint of oak wood join the palate after adding another drop of water.
Beautiful and delicate on the palate. Full bodied, syrupy and creamy, sweet and sour. Well rounded, perfectly balanced. There are great layers inhere. It is so complete. Layers of mild spices like mild peppers and cinnamon, a layer of sweet red fruits, oranges and also fresh apple. Also there is a great sherry wood layer. The whole gives so much depth to this whisky on the palate. Impressive!
The finish is long and full flavored. One by one the layers of the palate vanish and a creamy sherried mouthfeel goes on and on. At the end everything seems to come back together again for another round of pleasure.
I am a big fan of the Glengoyne 21 OB, in my opinion one of the best, if not thé best, well available whiskies money can buy. This one comes real close to having that same honor.