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Glengoyne 10 Year Old

Malty Goodness, if a bit thin...

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@jwiseReview by @jwise

24th Jan 2011


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I have heard that for a 10 year old, the Glengoyne 10yo is very good. It was based on one person's endorsement that I included this dram in my latest order from Master of Malt Drinks By The Dram (DBTB).

ABV: 40%

Nose: Lots of sweet malt, some sea air, and floral notes. Maybe a bit of nectar in there, but not really honey. Coming back to the nose, I am not getting much else.

Friend's Notes: Pears, apples, and white fruit. Honey. A bit of tart/sharpness in the back end.

Palate: Mmmm... There's the honey! Some mild pepper and salt are mixed in there as well. Mostly I am getting a nice refreshing malt flavor. I wouldn't exactly call this a watery whisky, but it doesn't have the great mouth feel like some others I have reviewed. Upon further reflection: yes, it is on the watery side.

Friend's notes: Chardonnay, or a white wine consistency.

Finish: Oh! A bit of sweet vanilla on the finish. That was unexpected! However, it fades quickly, without a lot else going on. Not a lot of spice or smoke, and even the sea air is missing. No burn.

Friend's Notes: Short finish. Very smooth. Brings back the palate very nicely.

All in all, not a bad malt. I will enjoy the remainder of my glass, and would gladly accept a refill if someone were offering. However, I don't believe I'll be spending any money on a full bottle. A little too 'malty' for me, but it is still a very drinkable dram. If in the mood for a subtle, mellow and perhaps a bit thin whisky, this would fit the bill nicely. However, if you're in the mood for show-stopping flavor, look elsewhere.

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