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.
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