Glengoyne is the single malt that perhaps best retains the flavour of its raw ingredients…
The last time I dealt with Glengoyne, the 17yo was the mid-aged malt that the distillery used to offer. That’s gone and now we have the 18yo since 2012.
Oh dear! It has been quite some time.
For this “newbie” malt, has been intriguingly been matured in a variety of casks: 35% 1st fill European oak sherry, 15% 1st Fill American oak sherry and 50% hand-selected quality oak refill casks.
Official notes read, “Full bodied, round and rich. At first macerated fruits, marzipan and walnuts; then warm spices, dry cocoa and lingering Seville marmalade. Long, warm and dry”.
And from WhiskyReview, “Glengoyne is the single malt that perhaps best retains the flavour of its raw ingredients. The 18 year old, thanks to maturation in a mix of refill and first fill sherry casks, manages to strike the oftentimes hard-to-find sweet spot between distillery character and cask influence. It is this perfect balance that makes this Glengoyne an essential stop on any whisky journey”.