A look at Glengoyne.

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With House of Malt recently adding Gelngoyne 18 to their collection I decided to take a more in-depth look at some of the Glengoyne range.

Many moons ago I visited the Glengoyne distillery with a couple of friends while wild camping in and around Dumfries and Galloway. This was prior to my tasting days when I simply drank whisky without truly appreciating its nuances. I can’t remember a huge amount from my visit other than two points. The first being that the distillery is in the Highlands while it’s storage warehouses are technically in the Lowlands and the second was the tour guide giving a scathing glare to anyone that admitted to adding pop to their whisky.

A quick look on their website though gives you a few more facts about their whisky making process:

  • They air dry their barley and don’t use any peat, this means their whisky is not smoky in the slightest.
  • They have the slowest whisky stills in Scotland.
  • They only use sherry casks to age their whisky.
  • They do not use caramel colouring in their whisky – what you get is all natural colour.

Below are my tasting notes for three of Glengoyne’s expressions – the 12, 15 and 18 years. Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.

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Glengoyne 12:

Nose:

Sweet – vanilla & honey. Very pronounced lemon citrus. Tempered by oak & malt.

Palate:

Sweet – vanilla & toffee. Fruity – apples & lemon. Spicy oak & malt.

Finish:

Malt, milk chocolate a touch of sherry & more lemon citrus.

Click HERE to buy the Glengoyne 12.

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Glengoyne 15:

Nose:

Sweet & creamy – milk chocolate & butterscotch. Lemon citrus cuts through although less pronounced than on the 12 year.

Palate:

Butterscotch and cinnamon. Lemon citrus. Malt & slightly bitter oak.

Finish:

Oak & Malt. Dark chocolate & coffee. Drying.

Click HERE to buy the Glengoyne 15.

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Glengoyne 18:

Nose:

Sweet – caramalised brown sugar & milk chocolate. Fruity – bananas & apples. Malt & oak.

Palate:

Sweet & creamy – custard & vanilla. Spicy – cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg. Bitter oak.

Finish:

Oak, malt & hazelnuts.

 Click HERE to buy the Glengoyne 18.

My honest opinion on these three? The 12 is good, sweet and fruity but with some oak and malt thrown in. The 15 has some of the harsher notes from the 12 rounded out making for a smoother drink. While the 18 takes this to another level. Yes it’s more than double the price of the 12 but if you’re after a luxury dram then you can’t go wrong with this one. If you’re budget doesn’t quite stretch to this though then the 12 is still a good solid dram and at times I actually prefer something a little rough around the edges like the 12.

House of Malt also stock a Glengoyne 10 and a Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 5 – both of which I have yet to try.

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