Glengoyne is a highland distillery based towards the southern end of the highlands alongside the lowlands border. I think I have read somewhere that their malts are matured in warehouses in the lowlands or very near it making their whiskies light and delicate. Another thing about Glengoyne is that the use unpeated malt and do not add colour. Many distillers across the highlands and speyside use lightly peated malts as part of their blend or use ex peat casks, although this is difficult to pick up sometimes.. They use a mixture of ex bourbon and sherry casks. This 12 year old is the second entry bottle in their core range that consists of a 10, 15, 18, 21 and 25 year old.
Whisky: Glengoyne 12 Year Old Single Malt, 43%
Nose: Peach, berries, barley sugar, malt, vanilla, cake mix, sherry
Taste: Malt, barley sugar, biscuit, vanilla, grass, honey, melon, sherry, oak
Finish: Black tea, oak, alcohol
Summary: This has classic highland written all over it. There is a lot of finesse to this and the malt quality shines through as well as the 43% strength. There is a decent amount of complexity to it too even though it is light and delicate in delivery. It reminds me of Glenmorangie 10 to an extent but without the spice. 43% strength suits this well and overall this feels like a well made quality malt. I will be seeking out the rest of their range.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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