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In terms of style, the Glengoyne Distillery is closer to the Lowlands than the Highlands, I find. Coincidence or not: while the distillery is in the Highlands, the whisky matures in the Lowland as the warehouses are on the other side of the A91, which is the imaginary line between the two whisky regions. It is a lovely distillery, by the way, well worth a visit. Today I will try the third batch of the Glengoyne Cask Strength at an ABV of 58.2%. This sample was handed to me by a journalist of Whisky Passion during an interview in which the author was looking for the psyche of the blogger. I am looking forward to the article.
The nose is very sweet on toffee and butterscotch with a high influence of sherry in the shape of overripe banana, roasted and sugared nuts and dried fruit. Reminds me a bit of rum, actually. Milk chocolate and a leaf of mint. Caffé latte. But mostly sweet on toffee, like I said.
Powerful, peppery attack and immediately very sweet. The sherry is a lot more outspoken now. Sweet malt and some spicy oak precede all kinds of fruit like raisins, Sevilla oranges and figs wrapped in dough. Some pipe tobacco. Cherries. Nice!
The raisins and banana return in the wonderfully long finish.
Delicious Glengoyne – I am mostly charmed by the duality between the nose and the palate. Around 45 EUR, which I find very fair. Thanks, Fred!