Whisky Review: Glengoyne Aged 12 Years

Style: Sweet, Subtle sherry and Smooth

Nose:

Coconut shreds showing down onto caramelized apples, a subtle showing of cherry bars. Wee dry with peppermint and copper tone gripping on the aroma. Slowly it opens up nicely and we have golden syrup. Vanilla strawberry yoghurt sitting at the base.

Palate:

Rich and smooth delivery of red fruits infused barley. Subtle but evident sherry influence – dried cranberries, strawberries, toffee and figs running along a shallow stream of vanilla milk. Crystallized pineapples with a touch of citrus zest. Cinnamon bark and wood spice lighting up comfortably. Beautifully oily texture. Nice.

Finish:

Distant red liquorice, more dried red fruits yoghurt and buttercream with a dip of slightly more prominent strawberries at the end.

Thoughts:

Dangerously drinkable. Maybe a tad shy on the nose, but on the palate it is pleasantly rich and smooth. The Sherry influence is less evident compared to its older siblings, but that actually works toward the malt’s favour, more of the distillate can be seen – subtle fruits and barley rolling out and we have a better balance. A more complete Glengoyne if you ask me. Quite nice. Close to one star.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[43% • 2014 Bottled • General Release • Non Coloured • t+]

-Esmond