Now the gents I enjoy the Malt & Cigar evenings with tend to prefer the finer things in life. And have the means to indulge their predilections.
Our memorable kick-off with four ‘adult’ whiskies, all 21 years and older, was partly burned forever in our brains as the night four mature whisky corks all crumbled and the night we decimated a rare beautiful whisky – the Balblair 38 year and added the stunning Laphroaig T5 21 year as an afterthought!
The runt of the litter that night was clearly the Glengoyne 21 year. At the time, I found it a bit ‘queer’… however when an opportunity presented itself to revisit, thought what the heck! And tried it with someone not earlier ‘tainted’ by our poor opinion…
Here is what we found in our revisit:
- Nose – Sweet sherry spice
- Palate – Woody, ginger
- Finish – Nutmeg spice after smoking
I kid you not but ‘headache inducing’ and ‘burnt flesh at the back of the throat’ were real comments.
We further speculated that perhaps in the interest of achieving a coveted ‘age’ statement, some of the whisky had simply matured too long or perhaps it could be chalked up to our queer cork theory.
To put into perspective, we originally found:
- Nose – Sherry! Plums, caramel, very ripe figs, vanilla, sugar sweet, raisins, dried fruits
- Palate – Woody, port… honestly a little too oaky. As in sat in the cask too long…
- Finish – Long dry sherry spice with a wood hangover
- Water – Opens it up a little and adds some zing!
In the end we concluded, that while not a complete disaster, it was far from a delight. Certainly not a whisky any of us would chose to drink.
The owner of the bottle admitted he’s been ‘scared’ and ‘scarred’ by this Glengoyne experience dismissing the distillery even when he receives recommendations from those he otherwise trusts.
And then entered the idea of a malty marmalade. It began as a joke, however the very elements that make the Glengoyne a little too woody, sherry, sweet… might actually be a quite fabulous counterpoint to the citrus in marmalade.
The very next day the Glengoyne 21 year was whisky off the marmalade maker’s home.
When finally will we have an opportunity to sample the fruit of the folly?
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