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Glengoyne 10 Year Old

Thinking persons drinking malt

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

31st Aug 2010


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This is the second of the three drams my wife and newborn daughter purchased for my first fathers day. The selling point of Glengoyne is that all their barley is malted using air from a natural fire, not a peat-fuelled fire. So no peat at all!

The nose is delicate, full of malt, unsalted popcorn and a creamy nuttiness. Very easy to sniff. Hints of toffee and maybe some apple. There's more going on that I can't quite get ahold of. Really subtle. Not enormously gripping, but I found myself sniffing for quite a while trying to nail down everything I get glimpses of.

The taste is really clean, light and refreshing. Initially notes of boiled sweets, freshly cut green grass and some almonds. This deepens with a hint of gingerbread and warm cinnamon. When I try most drams, I find myself wanting to get through the 'chewing' part of the tasting to get to the finish. With this one, I find myself savouring the freshness and the changes in my mouth quite happily for several seconds.

The finish is dry, with my lips still tingling from the cinnamon, and has a gentle bitter dark chocolate sweetness to it that melds perfectly with the returning malty taste. The finish is fairly gentle, but lasts quite long.

This keeps me interested from start to finish. It doesn't rock my socks off, but I find myself sniffing several times every sip, and moving it around my mouth to experience the changes in my mouth before enjoying the finish. Really subtle and intriguing- definitely a thinking persons drinking malt...

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Carl commented

Excellent review JDCook! I have been interested in this single malt for sometime, and had my first taste at a local pub, with a buddy of mine. It is one pleasant surprise, this one! It really impressed me and I immediately went and purchased a bottle. As stated on the Glengoyne website, this is really a malt to take your time with and sip slowly. Your description of a thinking man's malt is very appropriate. I also believe this is non chill filtered and has no added colour? I am trying to verify that on the website. I seem to prefer the single malts at about 10 or 12 years. The GlenDronach 12 year is also one of my favourites - actually my favourite at the moment - and I found the Glengoyne just about as pleasing. My buddy stated simply that "this really tastes like whisky!" I guess we all have our own ideas of what whisky should tasted like, but for me this one does it like few others. Later in the week, I am going to open my first bottle, and do a taste at home. Something to really look forward to at the end of the week! Cheers, Carl

12 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

@jdcook, nice informative review ... I am very tempted to give this a try ... as a unique expression. I wonder if any other common drams are similar ? Thanks !

12 years ago 0

jdcook commented

@Carl - I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the home tasting!

@AboutChoice - This is (in my experience) a lovely little gentle thought-provoking dram. Not enormously unique, but just unique enough to keep you on your toes! Well worth a look... :)

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