With The Legacy Glengoyne launches a series of whisky’s that tells the story of the distillery. We can expect a new Chapter every year. This is the first from 2019, dedicated to Cochrane Cartwright, the distillery manager from 1869 who famously lengthened the production time to create a more fruity character, but his is probably best known for introducing sherry cask maturation at Glengoyne, a practice that they still hold dear.
The nose is rather soft and freshly fruity. Think pears, apricots and vanilla. Grain cookies. Cinnamon on young baked apples. I confess that I had expected more of a dark sweetness, as this is sherry casks after all. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not a sherry bomb.
The body is good. Again nicely fruity, but again not the dark and sweet notes you might expect. Rather sweet and sour on apricots and oranges, with a bitterness like from grapefruit. Some caramel, cinnamon and ginger. Some roasted nuts. Pleasantly warm.
The finish, which is medium long, remains fresh, but then turns surprisingly spicy on ginger and pepper. At the death a lemon appears for a second.
Lovely Glengoyne at a fair price (around 60 EUR), but as an homage to the introduction of sherry casks somewhat disappointing.