Immediately after pouring, the Glengoyne shows all its full, intense and elegant side. A luscious potpourri of red and ripe fruits (overripe strawberries, cherries, raspberries and blueberries) comes out of my glass easily. The enormous sherry influence hides tons of different aromas, which gradually crystallize as you nose. The alcohol (48%) is very well integrated into the nose and does not stand out. After about 20 to 25 minutes, the Glengoyne unfolds its full potential: juicy blood oranges with a tart tart, raisins, plums, caramel, cane sugar, pipe tobacco, hints of leather, Christmas spices, dark chocolate with a cocoa content of more than 70%, walnuts and intense oak tones are strongly intertwined. The intensity, balance and complexity of the different flavors already put a smile on my face.
With a delicious, oily texture, the Glengoyne spreads through the mouth. A pleasant sweetness runs down the cheeks for a short while, while the tip of the tongue becomes minimally peppery and causes a slight tingling. The alcohol percentage (48%) is perfectly integrated and always gives the malt sufficient strength. Old, intense sherry notes dominate the taste. I see red, cooked fruits, cherries, plums, blueberries, raisins and oranges. Burnt caramel, cane sugar, lots of dark chocolate, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of espresso, pipe tobacco, leather and spicy oak notes provide a wonderful taste experience. Is someone lighting a match far away? I mean a minimal sulfur cast hidden deep in the background. Elegant, harmonious and gradually drier on the palate.
Long, warm, intense and spicy. The sherry malt, which has matured for at least a quarter century, also plays one ace after another on the finish line. Dry sherry notes, lots of dark chocolate, juicy blood oranges, walnuts, nutmeg, cane sugar, spices, espresso and an intense oak flavor dominate the finish. Finally, there is a slight dryness and bitterness on the palate.
The elegance and balance that Glengoyne shows here is a strong piece of art. The balance in the nose but also on the palate is something I don't often experience. The longer you chew on this whisky, the more flavors and depth are released. I can thoroughly enjoy this and can certainly recommend this whisky. Buy it quickly while the price is still low.