sergeColour: pale amber. Nose: oh, this is just as stunning, yet quite different.
Much more winey, superbly sweet and sour, with some very bold notes of cooked
rennet apples topped with hot butter and caramel. Almost a sin. Much more humus,
earthy notes as well, fresh mushrooms, high-end pu-erh tea, and again all the
litany, from quince jelly to mirabelle plum and from nectar to sweet white wine.
It’s a beauty, perhaps a tad more discreet than the 1972 but certainly more
complex and delicate. Fascinating. Mouth: oh yessss! That’s the kind of attack I
just can’t resist. Some ‘western’ fruits, some tropical ones, some waxy,
empyreumatical and smoky notes, a little spices and that’s it, you have a winner
– in my opinion, at least. This Glengoyne have them all, with some big notes of
crystallised quince topping the whole. It is not very complex, it is not very
bold, it is not full-bodied, but it’s superbly balanced and even if the finish
is a bit drying (but I can’t remember a malt that wasn’t at least a little
drying at more than 35 years of age) I think the whole is just a thrill.