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.