Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.
On the 13th July 2017 I took part in the second of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.
To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our third blind tasting took place on 26th July – tasting notes from this session will be coming shortly.
Alcohol to start but once you can get past this there’s lots of fruit – berries and strawberry. Also slight almond note, caramel, vanilla and a touch of marzipan.
Have to get past that alcohol again but then sweet and fruity but drying (down to high abv). Strawberries again and a slight citrus edge but also more of that sweeter side, again I got a touch of marzipan and almond too. Oak and pepper also come out on the palate.
Warning on this one – it is a high abv and if you’re not used to that you might want to add a splash of water to this one!
Oak and pepper but again giving way to fruit that keeps on going.
What a dram! At 59.6% it is not for the feint hearted, it is however entirely worth it. In truth I’ve not found a Glengoyne expression I haven’t enjoyed but with it’s sky high abv this was something else, so much so I didn’t get around to adding any water to it and polished it off neat.
Don’t just take my word for it though – Brian has done a review of our #BlindTasting sessions and this dram was the favourite of all those tried by a long way.
Notes taken from Glengoyne website:
Porridge, pineapple, sweet oak, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate.
Sweet, soft, treacle, soft oak, pepper.
Long with developing black pepper as it goes.