For a week, Glasgow was my ‘base’ of operation – with a couple days off to explore. We took a day trip to Edinburgh and another to Isle of Arran plus I popped over to Glengoyne one day. It was completely worth the trip – though a cool, stormy, wet day – I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘light touch’ tour – all within the limitations of being responsible in these COVID times.
Naturally the highlight was sampling whisky – in my case it began with a wee nip of the Glengoyne 12 year in Warehouse No 1 before I continued to my “Malt Master” experience.
So I followed the same approach with my tasting companion back in London. It had been well over a year since we had sat down to enjoy a mini together and was a perfect way to ease back into whisky tasting.
- Nose – Started with a bit of varnish then quickly shifted into vanilla, sweet honey, over ripe fruits, custard… as it opened more there was a dusty powder, then banana cream pie, lots of caramel, all having a light touch, teasing and inviting rather than over powering
- Palate – Light spice, dry wood, more of the fruit and baked goods.
- Finish – Again light, closing simply on “yum”
- Water – Didn’t even try… no need
What is interesting is my impression in Scotland was leaning more to the sherry side whereas sitting in London, I found much more influence of the ex bourbon cask.
Overall we were quite happy with our sample – a nice sipping dram – easy to sit back and enjoy. For my companion it helped dispel a less complimentary experience we had with the Glengoyne 21 years ago.
What do the folks at Glengoyne have to say?
Lemon zest, toffee apples – and a scent of coconut. Our signature sherry wood brings intensity and richness, while first fill bourbon casks add fresh notes of citrus and vanilla.
- Appearance – Natural, rich gold.
- Nose – Coconut oil, honey, lemon zest, dried oak.
- Taste – Toffee apples, ginger, orange, shortbread.
- Finish – A hint of sherry, soft oak and cinnamon spice. Very well balanced.
- 20% 1st fill European Oak Sherry
- 20% 1st Fill American Oak Bourbon
- 60% Oak Refill casks
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