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Glengoyne claims to be the only Scottish distillery to not use peat as fuel to dry its malt. This is the third expression of Glengoyne I've tried - the other being the 10yo, (far too malty and cereal flavoured for my liking) and the 21yo - much better, gentler, softer but pricey. So here we go with one in the middle......
I get a sharp citrussy nose but with some maltiness underneath, (nowhere near as much as with the 10yo thankfully). There is a nuttiness apparent - hazelnuts particularly. Still, this is not as good as I'd hoped for.
The palate is much softer and sweeter than the nose - in fact it's entirely different to what I expected. Primarily we have a toffee-sweet dominance but there are lemon notes too. A very slight note of freshly cut grass also comes through - lemongrass? The mouthfeel thickens as we progress.
Now nosing it again it has become a touch sweeter and fresher. Becoming more interesting as we go on.
Medium-long finish with the citrus/lemon edge dominating.
Vastly superior to the rather rubbish 10yo, but just give it a bit of time if it seems disappointing at first.
This is only a miniature I'm sampling but just seen that a full 70cl bottle costs more than the 21yo!! And now also I've just noticed that the 18yo has replaced the 17yo in the standard range. Perhaps I should have had hung onto it.