GLENGOYNE AGED 17 YEARS ~ HIGHLAND, SCOTLAND
88/100 Whisky Advocate
86/100 The Dramble
83/100 Whisky Base
Master: Highlands & Islands Premium - The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) 2019
Silver: Scotch Single Malt Highland - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019
Gavin Smith - The Whisky Advocate "Probably the most highly-regarded malt in the regular Glengoyne lineup, the 17-year-old represents a direct progression from its younger siblings. According to the distillers, “The balance has artfully changed. A more concentrated palate of flavors has emerged…” Citrus and cedar notes on the slightly grassy nose, with a hint of plain chocolate. Medium in body, with more plain chocolate notes, plus raisins, orange, vanilla, and malt. Lengthy in the finish, with milky coffee, sherry, leather, and citrus spice."
Matt - The Dramble "This Boutique-y 17-year-old Glengoyne is entirely relaxed and well-behaved... The sherry is well-integrated and favours patisserie and bakery aromas and flavours... Entirely pleasant and worryingly quaffable.
The first batch of Glengoyne single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
Nose - Full-bodied and filled with buttery goodness, the nose begins with lots of resinous sherried funk and thick, runny toffee. Then comes fruit: dates, sultana and red apples, with polished wood floors and ripe barley. Star anise and charred red pepper provide some intriguing notes underneath.
Palate - Plenty of dark fruits, blackberry compote mostly, with Armagnac-like pruniness and a little orange marmalade in support. Christmas cake, a little creamy nuttiness and some supple tannins build in the backdrop.
Finish - Dry, with roasted spices and a little caramel.
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.