Dram Review: The Whisky Cask Glengoyne Aged 37 Years

[51.8%・37 Years Old・Distilled in 1972・Bottled in 2010・The Whisky Cask Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Heartwarming aromas of lemon butter, beeswax and egg custard getting heated up an elegant white floral note brings about notes of toasted almond and newly sanded white oak.

Palate & Finish:

A generous oily honey sweetness makes for a warm delivery, the equivalent of a mad men era office manager with full lips and bosom.  Caramelised banana and apricot cubes turning the dram rather chewy as notes of lemon and sugar crepes prove to be tremendously pleasing.

Soft, syrupy tropical fruits carry on in the finish with just a slight hint of saltiness from the oak.

Thoughts:

A poised, dignified dram with a composed weight to things.

Reminds me of a Chinese phrase that roughly translates as the tender land in English if you understand what I mean..

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

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