Glengoyne 21 Years Old

Glengoyne 21 Years Old (43%, OB, 2020)


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

Another sampling of Glengoyne’s 21 Year Old expression, I forget the occasion (possibly the launch of Teapot Dram 007?) but it has been a few years since I last took notes. Released in this incarnation in 2016 I’m unsure how many batches may have been released? But still it is always a pleasure to sample, well-aged, well-sherried and affordable core whisky at this age.


  • ABV 43%
  • Age 21 Years Old
  • Bottler Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.
  • Bottling Official
  • Cask Sherry
  • Category Single Malt Whisky
  • Cost £130
  • Origin Glengoyne distillery
  • Outturn Undisclosed
  • Region Highlands
  • Released 2020
  • Vintage Undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Old Amontillado (14/20), medium tears and thick legs.
  • Nose Massively fruity, raisins, apples, brambles, red berries, strawberry cupcakes or trifle, soft oak
  • Taste Chocolate initially dark and slightly fruity, then dried fruits, raisin, plums, cocoa powder, malty, slightly chewy molasses, plum duff pudding.
  • Finish Long, malty, cocoa-dusted raisins and honeyed nuts.
  • Overall To paraphrase our last review of this expression “Possibly one of the best value-for-money 21 year old official bottlings available.”. Yes, still packed full of 1st fill ex-Sherry cask influenced and well-aged to perfection.

Score 89/100

Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

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  1. I finished off a bottle not too long ago. I got it at a really good price (£80/90) but it seems it’s normally around £140/150 these days which isn’t amazing value in my book, if I’m honest (AnCnoc 24 is available at around £120 for example or Glenfarclas 25 for £125). A lovely dram but, perhaps as I was trying to stretch mine too long, it oxidised a little towards the end producing some sulphur notes.

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    • Thanks for the comments Bifter. This is still currently available at Master of Malt for a shade under £130, interestingly it is listed on Glengoyne’s site at £170! Perhaps a sign of things to come. I agree it is very hard to beat Glenfarclas when it come to value for money and I would definitely put their 25 in the same category here – I guess if the official RRP hikes this up then Glenfarclas wins. I haven’t tried the anCnoc 24 so thanks for the recommendation I’ll need to look this out and try it sometime. Regards oxidation/sulphur perhaps one drawback from these coming in at only 43% – they are all robust enough to be delivered at a higher ABV though that would impact upon their pricing also. A shame as these are the kind of bottles I’d like to nurture and enjoy for as long as possible.

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