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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...