GLENGOYNE 2007 AGED 12 YEARS ~ HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND
92/100 Whisky Base
Gold: Highlands & Islands up to 12yo 2018 - The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Silver: Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under 2019 - International Spirits Challenge
Silver Outstanding: Scotch Single Malt - Highland 2013 - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver: Single Malt Scotch up to 12 Yrs 2013 - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Completely unpeated (unusual in the highlands), this Glengoyne is soft, fruity, and very quaffable. A fine single malt!
Angelo Capuano - Malt Mileage "Buy it, if you want an easy-drinking but complex Highland single malt with a very fair price tag...It is a fruity whisky with a toffee apple/citrus theme and soft hues of vanilla, spice, and chocolate from the oak – delicious if you are in the mood for something elegant and poised."
John Hansell - Whisky Advocate "A new, cask-strength Glengoyne without chill-filtering. Both features put this whisky in a higher class than the entry-level 10-year-old. That classic clean maltiness that Glengoyne is known for is certainly in this whisky. With the addition of some water, the whisky really opens up, becoming fragrant, fruity (cherry pits, apples), along with hints of anise and almonds. A nice effort from the new owners."
Nose - Lots of malts, biscuity notes, with stewed apple, burnt pastry, and coastal smoke.
Palate - Salted caramel, with smoked heather, roasted nuts, lemongrass, and a crack of black pepper.
Finish - Sweet lychee and oak char shrouded by swirls of maritime peat smoke.
The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery burn, as it is known, tumbles down the Dumgoyne Hill providing water for the 1.1 million litre capacity whisky distillery. In the past, the woodlands and undulations which covered the surrounding area gave superb shelter for the illegitimate distillations that were brought about by heavy spirit taxation. During the early 19th century, it is rumoured, there were as many as eighteen illicit stills in the area. The whisky that came from these Stills was taken to the local blacksmith, who filled earthenware pots with the rough, wild spirit and employed local girls to walk the 14 miles to Glasgow with the whisky concealed beneath their hooped skirts. The dense woodland once provided shelter for Rob Roy MacGregor who secreted himself in a little hollow when pursued by the English army.