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Glengoyne 17 Year Old

Citrus and Grass - it's nuts!

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@Nemesis101Review by @Nemesis101

21st Dec 2013


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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.

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Nemesis101 commented

It becomes really honey dominated when left in the glass for some time - both palate and nose.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I've heard the 21 is quite good. I've just tasted the 17, which I thought was better than you did. My bottle went south fairly quickly (six months or so). I was not charmed by the end of the bottle, that's for sure. I liked it very much early on. Some whiskies are like that, they age poorly once opened.

6 years ago 0

Nemesis101 commented

I may have painted this more negatively than I intended. It is a really nice malt - but I think it just needs a few minutes in the glass to open up.

6 years ago 0

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