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Last summer Malts of Scotland introduced a new series called ‘46’, with which they refer to the alcohol percentage at which the malts are bottled. There was already a Bowmore 2002 and Tamdhu 2002, now it is time for a 17 Year Old Glengoyne.
The nose is fruity on overripe oranges, sweet apples, white grapefruit and gooseberries. Loads of beeswax. It also shows a herbal side with thym and other garden herbs. Something floral? Grass in any case. Some vanilla and toffee make sure it stays more sweet then bitter.
The arrival is soft, almost light, on a basket full of grapefruit and Seville oranges. Trace of woodsmoke. White pepper and ginger. Now it is more bitter than sweet, but luckily not too bitter. The second sip offers more sweetness like sugared lemon peel. Surprisingly warm, if you know what I mean.
The finish is fairly long – longer than expected in any case – on spices and fruit.
Good Glengoyne for a sunny day. Dangerously quaffable. Around 70 EUR.