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Glengoyne 15 Year Old

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Glengoyne 15 Year Old

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  • Brand: Glengoyne
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 15 year old

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Glengoyne 15 Year Old

Glengoyne might not have crossed your radar, yet they've managed to amass a steady following in the last few years. This former Edrington property was developed into a successful single malt brand by new owners Ian Mcleod, they banked on the beauty of the site as a tourist destination but also the sherry heavy maturation profile that former owner's we're know for.

They have quite a nice range of products most are age stated and thus far have managed to remain within reach of the average consumer.

This release is said to be composed of 50% ex-bourbon casks, 30% 1st fill American oak ex-sherry cask & 20% 1st fill European oak ex-sherry casks.

Nose: Funky sherry, dunnage notes, a bit of mustiness mixed with sweetness. Dried fruit cake wrapped in wax paper, there's some sulfur in the form more of spent match but it is light. Vanilla, some yeasty notes, the oak brings a bit of spice, a touch of ginger and mace.

With time it becomes really waxy, with apples and chicory coffee notes.

Palate: Nice round entry, cake batter, malty, spicy gingery oak, a touch of autumn leaves, sultanas, toffee, a latte with too much milk, a bit of toasted almonds. The mouth feel is a little thin.

Finish: A bit of marzipan, grassy, green sap. crystallized fruits, a touch of pineapple. Whole wheat bread. Slight cured ham funk, a touch of meat.

Blab: It's a good whisky, it offers some of the more potent sherry notes you find in more expensive or older whisky, yet still has zip on the palate. A good solid performer except for the texture and finish where the lower proof 43% might make it lose a bit of power. I have tasted most of the range barring the 25 yr old and I prefer the 15 I think it captures the best of what the distillery has to offer, the 21 is solid too. No surprise in today's whisky world I believe this expression is going to be removed from the line-up.

Nice review - I've tried the 15, 12, 14 and 21 and have to say that while they were all nice and well-done they just seemed to lack a little something. Maybe it's the abv as you allude to? I doubt I'd buy a bottle but would not turn a glass down.

yeah I've tried most of the range too, I wouldn't bother with the 10 and 12, there's better younger whisky out there.

The 18 is a bit too tannic and has less depth than the 15. The 21 I quite liked has a lot of low end funk but the bottle needs a while to open up. It's no Glendronach circa Billy Walker era but I see potential there.


It’s Glengoyne’s 15 year old today. I’ve tried more from their older lineup than I have the new one. Despite its many fans, the brand’s always been hit or miss for me. Let’s see which this is.

Nose: Typical, fruit-forward sherry nose. Loads of sultanas, cinnamon, vanilla, red apple, lemon lollipops, fruit & nut chocolate, apricot, and gentle toffee.

Palate: A light, thin texture. A nice smack of cinnamon, allspice, and pepper spices are first. Red apple, brown sugar, malt, butter, oak, tiramisu, chocolate milk, and light coffee.

Finish: The intensity drops quickly after the spices on the palate, but we’ll call this a medium-lengthed finish. Gets maltier here. Brown sugar, walnuts, chocolate milk, tiramisu, raisins, orange candy, malt, roasted caramel, charred oak, apricot, and red apple.

Thoughts: This is quality, layered sherry, if a bit conventional. I find it peaks rather early with its spicy arrival, but the finish still boasts some good complexity. As for the flavours; chocolate milk, nuts, malt, and sultanas partner up nicely. However if you want a rich, sherry-forward 15 year old with a bit more style, I’d seek out a Glenfarclas or a Glendronach before this. They boast more personality and depth, and for a slightly cheaper price. Overall I’d say this is an extremely competent whisky, but not really my thing.


I had a little tasting of my own yesterday. This is part of a comparison I made on my new blog: maltsofpandemonium.blogspot.be

Colour: poppy gold.

Nose: Complex and refined, but still very fresh. Malty and sugary with notes of lemon, vanilla and chocolate. Scents reminiscent of dried fruits and roasted nuts on a background of spicy toasted oak. A very compelling nose, I could sniff at this dram for hours. Mouth: rich, dry and spicy. A full body, with orange peels, stewed apples, delicate notes of leather, spicy with touches of cinnamon and nutmeg and again, notes of sticky toffee. Finish: quite long and smooth, a full round taste with chocolate notes and a whiff of polished oak .

Conclusion: impressive, this is my favorite Glengoyne expression thus far. If I could have my pick, I would buy this one instead of the older 18yo expression.

Nice review...Sounds like a whisky that I'd enjoy.

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