Glengoyne 12 Years Old 2001 123.12 Treasure hunt (57.6%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 267 Bottles, 2014)
- Highland single malt scotch whisky
- 57.6% ABV, £46.10 for 70cl available from
- Score: 85/100
What they say:
Cask No. 123.12
We all got different aromas with this one. Comments ranged from baking chocolate, ripe strawberries and blackberries, coconut oil suntan lotion to taking an aspirin and eating couscous. In the taste we all agreed on the sharp and defined flavours of orange, lemon, carrot & ginger juice as well as butter-braised spring onions with lots of chives. Water added an antique wooden jewellery box containing chunky silver necklaces buried in the warm sand of a Caribbean island for you to discover. The taste was soft and warm; a crisp wafer coated in milk chocolate and chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper straight out of the oven.
Drinking tip: What will you find?
Date Distilled: 17 December 2001 Colour: 18 carat gold Age: 12 years Flavour : Light & delicate Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead Whisky Region: Highland Southern
Outturn: 276 bottles
What I say:
Presented by SMWS the vaults as part of the celebrations for Edinburgh Whisky Blog’s 6th Birthday (hence the cake!). A 12 year old ex-Bourbon hogshead matured expression from Glengoyne (SMWS distillery #123).
Amber gold (7/20), light-medium tears
Sweet woodland honey, cereal barley grist, spiced cinnamon and ginger, fruity gooseberry, strawberry and bramble.
Honey sweet as the nose, cereal barley malt, fruity melon, tangerine, peach, spicy fresh ginger root, spirit and feinty, with a little water more orange and lemon citrus were revealed, chocolate milk and toffee party rings.
Medium, fruity with sweet honey.
Approachable and enjoyable though it definitely improved with a drop or two of water just to tame the ABV and release more of the intense fruity flavours bound up in this dram. A rare chance to try some Glengoyne spirit that isn’t sherry-matured (either wholly or partly) which is the popular maturation in most of the official bottlings.