Glengoyne 30yo, Limited Release - 2017
ABV: 46.8%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
33% First-fill European Oak Sherry Butts and 66% Refill Sherry Butts (13 Casks, 6,000 btl.)

 

Colour: Dark amber.
Nose: First impression: this is intense, mature and nicely complex. Sherry at first with a delicate mix of dried fruits - prunes, raisins, figs and plums. Massive load of dark cherry marmelade with luscious oranges and a wee touch of cinnamon, cloves and herbs. There's a meaty component in the back as well, nicely packed in a mix of dark chocolate, hints of tobacco leaves and a whiff of oak. Rich and surprisingly fresh for its old age. A gorgeous nose!
Palate: Very intense, thick and chewy on the palate. Not as sweet as the nose suggests but fruity with a sticky load of plums, dark cherries, figs, Seville oranges and dates. Deep, warming and nicely spicy with cloves, nutmeg, pepper, subtle oak and little cinnamon. With a second sip, this beauty becomes sweeter and spicier with Demerara sugar and black pepper at the same time. Mouth-coating - firm and fruity structure with winterly spices to balance.
Finish: The finish is very long, warm and complex. Treacle with a whiff of Demerara sugar, cinnamon and slightly bitter orange peel followed by drying notes of oak, tobacco leaves and walnuts. This multi-layered mix of aromas is staying for ages causing a wonderful mouth-feel.
With water: Quite fresh on the nose with a few drops of water. Lots of dark fruits, sherry and a pleasant mix of cinnamon and herbal notes. Fruity, creamy and sweet on the palate while the spiciness is a bit tamed with water. Less warming, too. The finish is long, sweet with Demerara sugar but very dry with oak, nutmeg and cloves, before sweet notes linger on the tail.
Comments: Wow - what a great whisky! Rich, full-bodied and yet elegant with a lot of depth. It is not the intense sherry flavours that dominate here, but the lush and sticky aromas of dark fruit - above all black cherries. These are complemented by a pleasant warmth of winter spices and subtle oak. In addition, this elegant oldie is surprisingly fresh with a herbal-meaty note. Adding water is not necessary here. A perfect dram for the pre-Christmas season. Best savoured in a leather armchair in front of an open fireplace. Sit, sip, relax and enjoy!

 

I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample and the photograph!


Glengoyne 19yo, 1997-2016, The Distillery Cask
ABV: 54.9%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Refill Sherry Cask (#3136)

 

Colour: Copper.
Nose: The nose starts off with delicate tropical fruits - mango, guava, pineapple and banana. Beautifully fragrant with creamy vanilla, oak and barley. With time hints of pink grapefruit and slightly bitter wood spices in the back.
Palate: Succulent, sweet and creamy with tropical fruit - banana, melon, apricot, pineapple and hints of pears. Beautifully deep and complex with creamy vanilla, barley and honey, followed by subtle spiced oak towards the finish.
Finish: Medium long, juicy and creamy with vanilla, honey and crisp barley. Sligthly warming oak spice with the tropical fruitiness showing up again on the tail. A classic Highland finish.
With water: Deliciously sweet and fruity on the nose with a splash of water. There's more vanilla coming through, followed by icing sugar and hints of oak spice. On the palate, however, the beautiful tropical fruitiness is significantly tamed while more bitter notes of pink grapefruit emerge. The finish shows medium length, with a touch of vanilla and fruity sweetness. The pleasant warming spiciness is almost gone.
Comments: A lovely, pleasant and complex whisky. Wonderful sweet with vanilla, delicate tropical fruit and warming oak spice. A very well aged malt with great depth and maturity. Less sweet with a bitter grip when water is added.

 

I thank Björn Lahmann from Whiskyplaza for the sample!


Glengoyne 10yo, 2005-2016, The Distillery Cask
ABV: 59.9%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Sherry Butt European Oak (#2431)

 

Colour: Mahogany.
Nose: The nose starts off with delicate sweet notes of dates, raisins, caramel and cherries. Lovely fruity and perfumy. Dark chocolate emerges, lingering with a touch of leather, tobacco leaves and black tea in the back.
Palate: Intensively sweet at first with Demerara sugar and toffee, followed by lovely fruity flavours of cherries, figs and raisins. Becomes significantly dry soon, mainly due to the (Oloroso?) sherry, complemented by a pleasant spiciness of oak, cinnamon and subtle black pepper. Warming with a lingering nuttiness, lovely mixed with dry notes of dark chocolate and cloves towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long with subtle sweet plum jam and raisins. Becomes very dry indeed with a lovely mixture of oak, walnuts, dark chocolate and sherry. Hints of leather and tobacco leaves nicely linger on the tail.
With water: Deliciously sweet and fruity on the nose with a splash of water. There's more sweet sherry coming through as well. Significantly sweet on the palate. While water significantly tames the dryness, there's is still a lovely and warming spiciness remaining on the tongue. Fruity and even juicy with delicious plum jam. The finish is long, lingering sweet and lovely creamy with caramel, baked apples, walnuts and lots of sweet sherry. Gorgeous!
Comments: A lovely, complex, sophisticated malt. Rich and intense, well-structured. Very dry on the palate but opens nicely with a few drops of water releasing its lovely sweet, fruity and charming character. Glengoyne and sherry cask maturation - you can't go wrong with that.


Glengoyne Vintage 1998, Cask Finish Series, German Exclusive 2nd Edition
ABV: 51.4%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Palo Cortado Cask Finish

 

Colour: Gold.
Nose: The nose starts off with delicate notes of prunes, toffee and vanilla. With time, hints of candied lemon emerge, nicely intermingling with lovely spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and a whiff of ginger.
Palate: Oh yes - this is lovely sweet and fruity with prunes, accompanied by slightly bitter orange peel. Oily on the palate with pleasantly warming spices - cinnamon and ginger in particular. Creamy notes of caramel gorgeously linger with slightly dry nutty flavours towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, sweet and slightly warming. Gets a bit drier in the end with delicate walnuts, oak, caramelised ginger and nutmeg.
With water: There's almost no change on the nose with a few drops of water. Still sweet and fruity on the palate with more creamy toffee flavours, nicely mixed with oak, ginger, cinnamon and a bitter touch of orange peel. The finish is long, slightly warming with significantly more walnut flavours. Gets drier on the tail with oak, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Comments: A very subtle and multifaceted malt. Complex, rich with a spicy oak finish. Using Palo Cortado casks to finish whisky is rare. In fact Glengoyne is one of the only distilleries that work with Palo Cortado casks on a regular basis. However, I detected not much of the Palo Cortado in this whisky. Obviously, it did not have enough time to impart its character.


Glengoyne Vintage 1999, Cask Finish Series
ABV: 53.2%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish

 

Colour: Rich amber.
Nose: The nose starts off with delicate notes of sherry and fruits, such as figs, dates and a whiff of raisins. Lingering nutty flavours emerge, accompanied by sweet notes of brown sugar, wine gums and subtle marzipan in the back.
Palate: Wow - this is intensively bold and rich with a wonderful sweet fruitiness of dates, figs, and raisins. This is immediately followed by a massive load of warming spices - chilli, oak and cinnamon. Creamy notes of brown sugar arrive, deliciously mixed with honey, backed red apples, roasted almonds and a dry touch of espresso. Very impressive and long-lasting.
Finish: The finish is long, pleasantly warm and sweet with sticky honey, dried orange notes and a beautiful nuttiness on the tail.
With water: Still sweet and fruity on the nose with a splash of water. Creamy sherry, nicely mixed with dark fruits, cinnamon and oak spice, and lingering marzipan. Nicely sweet on the palate. Creamy sherry flavours, dates, figs, muscovado sugar and slightly tamed spices. The finish is long, sweet, and creamy with nutty flavours and slightly drying notes of dark chocolate.
Comments: A very sophisticated malt. The distillery style of Glengoyne is in perfect harmony with the delicate added flavours of dark fruit and spiciness from the PX cask. Quite a complex character with great depth and apparent maturity. The palate is well-structured and not too woodframed at all. Elegant and charming, especially with a few drops of water. This is the kind of whisky style I like most from Glengoyne.


Glengoyne 19yo, 1996-2016, Cadenhead Wood Range - Wine Cask
ABV: 55.0%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: WM Cadenhead
Cask type: Château Lafitte Wine Cask since 2009 (240 btl.)

 

Colour: Reddish gold.
Nose: A delicate fruity nose with plums, grapes, figs and apricots. Rich wine flavours nicely intermingle with treacle toffee, vanilla and butterscotch. Sweet barley sugar lingers with a whiff of floral notes in the back. Very appealing!
Palate: Sweet and fruity start on the palate with grapes, prunes and cherries, complemented by an intensively warming spiciness of pepper, oak, and cinnamon. Slightly bitter notes of liquorice and grape skins towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, warm, and spicy. Sweet notes of apple pie with cinnamon slightly fade with a subtle dry end.
With water: A few drops of water slightly tame both the fruitiness and the sweetness of this dram bringing more vanilla to the fore. The delicate fruity sweetness is still present on the palate while the warming spiciness is tamed significantly. The finish is long, subtle warm with a touch of bitter grape skins on the tail.
Comments: This is a delicate and very savoury dram. The second maturation in a red wine cask works pretty well here and delivers some delicate flavours of red fruit to the aroma the bourbon cask first added to the spirit. Well balanced and nicely complex. I prefer the rich combination of fruit and sweetness with the massive load of delicate spiciness which, if this is not comfort to you, can be tamed by adding water. A well chosen cask by the folks from Cadenhead!


Glengoyne, Teapot Dram Batch No. 004, 2015, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 58.7%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: First fill Oloroso Casks (3,178 btl.)

 

Colour: Mahogany.
Nose: The nose starts off with plenty of sherry flavours, complemented by a touch of metallike notes, maybe owing to the juvenile part of this whisky. Rummy with treacle, dark cherries, raisins and a whiff of sulphur. A touch of lingering oak emerges along with pleasant dark chocolate in the back. A rich nose!
Palate: Rather sweet and soft start on the palate with delicate sherry flavour, treacle and dark fruit. This is immediately followed by massive spice of oak, white pepper and liquorice. Very warm indeed, even hot. After the heat's fading away, a pleasant and nice sweetness remains with dark honey, red baked apples and nougat. Very powerful and pleasantly satisfying.
Finish: Long and warm finish. Sweet with sticky honey on the tongue, lingering nutty notes and a dry and slightly peppery end.
With water: There is more sherry aroma and delicate fruit on the nose with significant more apples coming through. Sweet with fruit, treacle and liquorice on the palate, along with plenty of warm spice. Long and creamy finish, with hot spice on the tail. Extremely warming.
Comments: This is a pleasant afternoon tea Scotts style! Very well balanced with a nice complexity. A lovely, intense and characterful dram. Incredible rich and powerful, nothing for the faint-hearted. Likewise to be enjoyed neat or diluted.


Glengoyne 12yo, 2001-2014, SMWS 123.8 "In the Spanish mountains"
ABV: 59.2%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Cask type: Refill Port Pipe (#123.8, 743 btl.)


Colour: Reddish gold.
Nose: Rich and powerful. Lots of red fruits, red berries, blackberry, strawberry and red apples. Voluminous with lingering spice, pepper, ginger and a bit aniseed. Delicate oak and subtle mint are coming through with gentle dried fruit in the back. Very aromatic and hugely complex!
Palate: Immediately fruitful with stewed red fruits, figs and gentle vanilla. Lingering oak spice, crystallised ginger, pepper and marzipan arrive, complemented by dark honey and delicate chocolate flavours. An embracing and savoury taste sensation, superbly complex on the tongue!
Finish: The medium length finish is sweet and nicely warm, with red dried fruit remaining for a good duration. Sticky dark honey, oak spice and slowly fading notes of herbs and nuts on the tail.
With water: Water adds subtle liquorice to the delicate fruity flavour. Fresher on the nose and very voluminous. Full-bodied, round and juicy with more oak spice in the back. Extremely delicate and quaffable. The finish is as great as neat.
Comments: A brilliant and flavoursome malt, elegant and delicate with and without water. Quite a complex character for its age with a perfect match of sweet and fruity flavours, and a pleasant spiciness. A lovely, well-structured, sophisticated malt with a real sweet-hearted charm.


I thank Yori Costa for the photograph!


Glengoyne 13yo, 2000-2014, Berrys'
ABV: 54.8%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Berry Bros. & Rudd (exclusively for 'Der Whiskykeller, Germany')
Cask type: 1st Fill Sherry butt (#1071)


Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: Lovely aromas of treacle toffee and gentle red apples. Sweetness of ripe fruit with a whiff of sherry and subtle nougat. Superbly fresh and vibrant with a touch of oak and lingering spiciness.
Palate: Deep and rich with lots of lingering treacle toffee and caramel, complemented by sweet sherry and baked red apples. The fruity sweet palate is perfectly balanced by fine herbal notes and soft oak tannins with a spicy tail. Very creamy, almost syrupy on the tongue. Delicious.
Finish: Long, sweet and warm. Very syrupy with hints of dark chocolate, herbs and dry oak spice in the finish.
With water: There's more sherry on the nose, sweet and round. Softer and more creamy on the palate with tamed spices. The finish is long, sweet and still warm. Extremely delicate.
Comments: A very well aged whisky indeed. Very aromatic with a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. The sherry casks didn't overpower the distillery character of this syrupy beauty.


Glengoyne, Cask Strength Batch No. 003, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 58.2%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: First-fill and refill sherry casks

 

Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: Beautiful refined nose with lots of sherry, but not overpowering. There's fruitiness coming up with peaches, apricots, strawberry and gooseberry, along with creamy vanilla sauce. Quite a lot is going on here, toffee, orange peel with nutty notes, and black pepper spice in the background. The alcohol by no means is pungent but very well integrated in this wide range of flavours. A rich and gorgeous nose!
Palate: Bold, intense, warm. Creamy balance with lots of fruitiness. Sweet sherry again, burnt caramel and roasted almonds. Then spiciness is coming through with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cracked black pepper. A perfect combination of sherry, fruits, and spices.
Finish: Warm and medium length finish. Creamy, sherry, and a fruity nuttiness with a dry end. Sticks on your tongue, mouth-coating.
With water: Gets softer and creamy. Still very toffee-driven, custard, more strawberries coming through. Stays sweet and well-balanced with peppery spice.
Comments: The sherry and high-powered alcohol strength work very well here. A well-balanced, medium complex dram with an excellent value for the money. Pure whisky at its natural state!


I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample.


Glengoyne 25yo, 2014, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 48%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Sherry casks


Colour: Bright amber.
Nose: Lots of sherry - dark old style sherry. Bold and intense. Dark cherries soaked in rum or old madeira wine. Waves of Demerara sugar, figs, dates, spicy red fruits with a hint of flintstone and traces of sulphur. Superb!
Palate: Sweet, vibrant sherry, rum soaked raisins. Mouthcoating and rich. Hints of horse saddle, autumn foliage, bitter orange zest. Complex with a perfect balance of spirit and oak.
Finish: Long. Lingering sweetness and spice. Well-balanced, gets slightly drier in the end.
With water: Vibrant, almost prickling spice. Stays sweet with pleasant sherry and nutty flavours.
Comments: Absolutely brilliant whisky. Rich, powerful and spicy. This is whisky making in perfection!


Glengoyne 21yo, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 43%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: 100% Sherry casks

 

Colour: Deep copper.
Nose: A bold and intense start of lovely dark fruits, red apples, raisins and prunes. There's a lot of richness here with vanilla, sweet toffee, brown sugar, followed by nutty tones, hazelnut and walnuts. After 21 years in the oak cask there is spiciness with ginger and cinnamon, along with dark chocolate and a lot of warmth. Very intense and complex. You can nose this for hours and identify every single flavour out of this very complex mixture. Great stuff!
Palate: A real charming dram, velvety, smooth and creamy. A lot of sweetness caused by sherry, dark honey, brown sugar, toffee, X-mas cake and rich fruit (mainly red apples). Big, intense with beautiful oaky notes and a gentle winter spiciness with lots of cinnamon coming through. Mouth-coating.
Finish: The finish is very long and warm. Fruity sweetness, apples, vanilla, chocolate and lingering winter spice along with cinnamon and pepper are staying for ages causing a pleasant mouth-feel.
With water: The fruitiness is almost jumping out of the glass with the spiciness is increasing, too. Still well-balanced but water definitely isn't necessary for this wonderful dram.
Comments: This is a brilliant whisky with intense depth and deep sherried flavours. Marvelously balance between oak and distillery character. Smooth yet complex. The ultimate after dinner dram while sitting in an armchair in front of a fireplace. Excellent!

 

I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample.


Glengoyne 18yo, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 43%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: First-fill and refill sherry casks

 

Colour: Gold with bright amber notes.
Nose: An intense fruity start with ripe red apples, pineapple and banana along with toffee, sherry and vanilla (German Apfelstrudel). Honey and some brown sugar behind. Round, complex but less sweet compared to the 15yo. Fresh with delicate oak. A wonderful nose with significant depth. Improves and changes with air!
Palate: A wonderful fruitiness with apples and banana, followed by malty and nutty tones, marzipan, autumnal spice (cinnamon) and earthy notes. Tremendously rich, bold but soft, and round. Ends with slightly bitter orange peel flavours, and some dark chocolate is shining through.
Finish: Long, warm and spicy. Gets drier in the end with increased oaky spiciness and peppery tones. Mouth-coating!
With water: Water significantly increases the fruitiness and sweetness of the dram. There is more honey with spicy porridge and a peppery note.
Comments: A rich and spicy whisky, with added complexity compared to its predecessors. This is no aperitif style whisky anymore but an after dinner dram, best to appreciate in front of a fireplace. A dram with a wonderful nose, well-balanced, complex with a delicate mouthfeel. Let breath this whisky for at least 30 minutes to open up its full flavour spectrum.

 

I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample and photo.


Glengoyne 15yo, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 43%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: 1st-fill Bourbon casks (almost 30%) and mainly 1st-fill European oak Sherry casks

 

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Breath in toffee and vanilla. Rich, complex and quite sweet. Clean and fresh with some fruitiness (peach?), touch of citrus coming through. Glengoyne typical green apples, now mashed apples. Creamy with a touch of maltiness and butterscotch. Very elegant and extremely pleasant on the nose!
Palate: Oily and sweet palate entry with lots of toffee, vanilla and a touch of citrus. Oaky spice is coming through along with cinnamon. The sherry casks add some nutty flavours, too. Nice mouthfeel with a tremendous balance.
Finish: Good length. Oily, sweet and malty finish with increased oaky spices on the tongue. Gets a bit drier in the end. Very pleasant and elegant. Mouth-coating but soft and round.
With water: Wow! Increased fruitiness with more sherry coming through. Less sweet with a touch more spiciness. Very delicate.
Comments: This is liquid toffee with a fruity background. Sweet and round with a lingering spiciness on the tongue. A brilliant dram, dangerously drinkable!

 

I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for the sample and photo.


Glengoyne 12yo, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 43%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery (new label 2012)
Cask type: Sherry and Bourbon casks

Colour: Rich golden.
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.
Palate: 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.
Comments: 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.


Glengoyne 10yo, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 40%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Sherry casks

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Fresh and clean. Green apples, honey and a huge amount of malt. A fine note of toffee is coming through, mixed with flowers and a gentle spiciness. A bit of sweetness with sugar, sherry and vanilla. The nose is surprisingly stronger than you would expect from just 40% abv. Improves significantly with air.
Palate: A powerful start with lots of malt, toffee, and green apples. Ginger spice and almonds, even nuts are coming through. Clean and pleasant taste.
Finish: Good length. Malty, warm and sweet with pleasant spice (ginger, cinnamon). Gets drier in the end with a touch of citrus.
With water: Lively. Sweeter with prickling spice and malt. A hint of lemon shines through.
Comments: This is a pleasant, easy drinking all day dram. Well-balanced and rich, with a decent value for the money. A lovely start into the Glengoyne whisky range.

I thank Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd for sample and photo.


Glengoyne, Teapot Dram Batch No. 003, 2002-2006 - 2014, Distillery Bottling
ABV: 59.4%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: First fill oloroso casks (3484 btl.)


Colour: Dark amber.
Nose: Very fresh nose. Starts quite fruity with green and red apples. Full of sherry flavours with a touch of raisins. Toffee, butterscotch and oak spice with hints of lemon pith dryness.
Palate: Strong start with a sweet infusion of sherry, brown sugar and malted barley. Delicate tones of raisins and even marzipan, mixed with red apples and prickling oak. Very appealing on the tongue!
Finish: Quite long with a delicate mouth feel. Soft nutty flavours with a long, dry and spicy finish.
With water: Significant more apples mixed with oaky spice and the remaining sweetness of sherry and brown sugar.
Comments: Considering its young age (between 8 and 12 years old), this is already a well-balanced and complex whisky. Very enjoyable neat. A lovely, sophisticated and charming dram. It definitely needs air to develop its full aroma.


Glengoyne 17yo, 1990-2007, Single Cask, Amontillado Butt
ABV: 56.3%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type: Amontillado butt (#1523, 616 btl.)


Colour: Dark brown sherry.
Nose: Big, muscular sherry character. Full with dark fruits, plums and apricots. Waves of flavours coming and going alternating with demerara sugar, dark chocolate, marzipan, herbs and polished antique wood. Elegant intensity, rich and bold. You can nose this all night long.
Palate: Wow, this one blows you away! Bulky and sweet with a massive hit of sherry. Dark fruits, plums, apricots, Sevilla oranges and brown sugar blend well with bitter chocolate, espresso and vibrant old oak.
Finish: Very long and lingering. Sweet, warm and fruity with a dry oaky spiciness. Mouth-coating and slightly astringent.
With water: Water tames the sherry sweetness with oak, spice and herbs coming to the fore.
Comments: This is a very luscious dram. Sherry shines through all the way with great fruitiness and elegance. Well aged and complex. A must have for the hard core sherry aficionados.


Glengoyne 15yo, 1998-2014, Bottling Series "The Devil", Whisky Tales
ABV: 51.0%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: Whisky Tales
Cask type: Sherry cask (289 btl.)


Colour: Mahogany.
Nose: After a reserved start there is a full potpourri of flavours you would expect from a dark sherry cask. So much ripe dark fruits, huge intense notes. Orange zest, some dark Seville orange marmalade, blueberries and blackberries, bitter chocolate and marzipan. Polished oak and cinnamon rounds out this whisky.
Palate: WOW! A big explosion of sherry, demerara sugar, fruits, rum soaked raisins and baked apples. The oak is a bit more active than the nose lets you expect but is intertwined with sherry, chocolate and fruit. Elegant and complex.
Finish: Good length. Lingering sweetness with bitter chocolate and oaky notes. Sensual and delicately spicy.
With water: Stays sweet with delicate dark chocolate. Feels a bit tingly.
Comments: Simply stunning. A complex and very enjoyable whisky. Powerful, superbly balanced. A malt to savour.


Glengoyne 14yo, 2001-2015, Cadenhead Small Batch Release
ABV: 46%
Region: Highlands
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: WM Cadenhead
Cask type: Sherry butt (840 btl.)

 

Colour: Amber.
Nose: Very rich. Sherry sweetness, treacle followed by ripe dark fruits, raisins. Quite intense. Feels like cask strength rather than 46% only.
Palate: Very thick with tons of sherry and those dark dried fruits. Excellent mouthfeel, creamy, meaty, with chocolate and peppery spices in the background.
Finish: Good length with lingering dried fruit. Creamy, meaty, almost chewable. Hints of orange peel at the very end. Amazingly long.
With water: Stays sweet but vibrant. Increasing notes of orange and oak spices.
Comments: Quite a big whisky. A pleasant, complex malt with all the aroma and character one can expect from the sherry cask. And all this at a reasonable price. Well done Cadenhead! Want to see more of this.