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So, a unique bottling of Glengoyne that I've been given a mini of as part of a set from M&S. The bottle (70cl) is like the other OBs but this age is sold only by M&S (I believe).
I opened the bottle on Saturday and am having the final pour this evening. No water has been added.
The nose is creamy and sherried but nicely so. Some grassy notes and sour pineapple. There's something I can best describe as porridge and vanilla ice cream mixed together and fresh raisins. A touch of damp earth, maybe?
The taste is sour pineapple at first but then the creamy cereal vanilla note takes over and fades to very soft tannins. Not getting much of the sherry influence on the palette.
Finish is some sourness and those soft tannins.
Overall it's not bad but being bottled at 40% has not done this any favours; the mouth feel is thin and it tastes a bit on the weak side which is a shame, as the nose is very promising. Given the target audience I can see it working well and could certainly be described as smooth. I'd opt for soft instead!