Glengoyne 21 Years Old

Glengoyne 21 Years Old (43%, OB, 2018)

  • Category: Highland single malt Scotch Whisky
  • Origin: Glengoyne distillery
  • Bottling: Ian Macleod, OB
  • ABV: 43%
  • Cost: £125


What they say

Christmas cake, honey and rich fruit – with a long cinnamon finish. Perfect after dinner, or frankly, anytime. We distil slower than anyone else in Scotland. Then we mature exclusively in hand-selected sherry casks, for twenty one character-building years.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour Deep Copper, meandering legs
  • Nose Red apples, toffee, sherry, spicy strudel.
  • Palate Lots of Sherry, honey, oak with a developing aromatic sensation. Ends with a heavenly cinnamon nip.
  • Finish Long, sherry, spicy, warm and dry

What I say

Sampled during the live launch of the Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 6.

The 21 year old expression is exclusively matured in ex-sherry casks, including both 1st fill and refill casks, natural colour derived form cask maturation.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Ruby bronze (13/20), rare, large tears and long, medium legs.
  • Nose: Chocolate-covered raisins, dried fruit, figs, oak wood, malted barley, dried raspberry and strawberry – chocolate dipped.
  • Taste: Richly sherried fruits, raisin, blackberry, apple, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, malty, Christmas pudding flambeed with brandy and rich fruitcake.
  • Finish: Long, dried fruit, malt, dark chocolate and dry old oak wood.


A sherry-packed dram with masses of sun-dried fruit and cocoa with just a hint of gentle spices. Comparing against the Teapot dram, the age of the 21 was apparent due to the old/dry and antique woody notes. Comparing with the 18 Year Old this has feels like it has much more 1st fill sherry cask influence. Possibly one of the best value-for-money 21 year old official bottlings available.

Score 90/100

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