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This bottle was my first natural cask strength whisky. I remembered liking the Glengoyne 17yo some time ago, so some time last year I decided to track down another bottle from the distillery. I found the 12yo in a cask strength version and jumped at the chance. This review will be partly based off some tasting notes from late last year and part from tonight's tasting.
Winey, raisins, citrus flesh, something dark and sweet in the background. After some water, mellows out and some spice comes through. Some caramel as well.
Taste: Tasted neat: A bit oily, then quickly builds from spice to an intense, almost overpowering tingle at the tip of the tongue. After some water added, the body becomes creamy, the spice not so intense. Nice balance.
Finish: Warms you right up and then pulls up a chair in the corner to stay a while in the background.
This whisky is bottled at cask strength, is unchillfiltered and I believe has no caramel added (although there is no statement to that last). I've long had a liking for the distillery. This bottle is no disappointment, although it is not exactly outstanding. Just a comfortable, everyday whisky (as long as you add some water!).