Glengoyne 17 Years Old ~ 40% (Ian Macleod)

Glengoyne 17 Years Old

Highland single malt scotch whisky

40% ABV, £ Discontinued

Score: 85/100


What they say:

Glengoyne 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky A higher portion of 1st fill Sherry casks gives a rich, mouth-coating whisky, full of ripe apples, orange peel, pear drops, vanilla, spicy oak, and sherry. A truly great whisky with perfect balance. Spicy vanilla fruit, ripe apples and a rich, luxurious mouthfeel. This is the result of 17 long years and a generous proportion of first-fill sherry casks. And of the patience we take over the slowest distillation in Scotland.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Medium gold with a rich glow.

Nose: Some sherry, Christmas pudding. Plenty of fruit – raisins, ripe apples and tinned oranges in syrup

Mouth Feel: Rich, mouth-coating. Malty, treacle, slightly nutty. Orange peel, apple compot. Rich oak.

Initial taste: Malty, treacle, slightly nutty. Orange peel, apple compot. Rich oak. After Water: Pear Drops and vanilla Finish: Long and rich, with spicy oak

Comments: Wonderfully ripe fruit and spicy fruit. The effects of our copper stills and oak casks jostle for prominence, but neither succeed. This is supremely well balanced whisky.


What I say:

Dram #3 at the WOLS Return to Drammage tasting on 15th January 2015

Fortuitously one of our committee spotted these 3 x 1L (Travel Retail) Glengoyne 17 Years Old expression as a job lot at auction. Now discontinued and of dwindling stock, this was possibly the last chance for most to taste this excellent expression from Glengoyne. Aged for 17 years in a high proportion of first fill sherry casks for an extra rich flavour. This expression was also at the reduced 40% ABV (below the standard 43% ABV)


Copper amber, medium heavy tears


The nose was initially quite light before tannic leather and sherried fruits come through, plenty of red fruits, strawberry, raspberry red apples and oranges, fruitcake mix


Smooth and creamy, red berries, strawberries and cream, apple and orange, a good dose of cereal barley malt, some cocoa and chocolate, molasses and treacle


Long, drying, suede leather and oak wood


A beautifully balanced sherried dram from Glengoyne. Plenty of rich fruit, lighter on the palate than the nose suggests and finishes with an undeniably dry, sherry and European oak influence. A shame this is no longer available, but happily it has been superceded with further great expressions from Glengoyne such as the 18 Years Old.

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