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This is part of a search through written (paper) reviews and samples from (unmarked) bottles that have been looming (forgotten!) in my collection over the years. I will at the end of this series do a re-tasting of some Springbank 12 batch 5 and then do a comparison with the newly released batch number 9.
But first things first, this will be my first review of this "cupboard findings" series, it's the old(older) version of glengoyne 21 yar old.
Nose: Almonds and natural (almond-y) marzipan, lush sherry. Hint of japanese plum dessert jelly. Oranges, hazelnuts and a rhubarb/pear pie note.
Palate: Bitter-sweet barley note meets a sweet, full bodied and sour sherry note comprised of apples, candied oranges, crême brulée and marzipan. Development reveals some vanilla tones and blackcurrant.
Finish: Barley sugars return with some lush sherry oak and some orange-peel.
A simple but tasty laid back sherry vet. Reminds me of the Glendronach 15, with less complexity & vitality.
However this makes me really want to try the new version as this was quite pleasant and the new glengoyne 18 year old i tasted recently blew my socks off!
Glengoyne is a brand that is well priced here in Sweden so it will be a purchase for next year hopefully.