Glengoyne is yet another distillery that I have reviewed very few malts from: only the OB 25 and 17 and a 14 yo from Malts of Scotland. Of these only the 25 yo really did it for me. Prior to starting the blog I had enjoyed the old Glengoyne 12 CS and the 21 yo. I’ve not had the 21 yo in a long time now but I do have a bottle of the 12 CS squared away. I’ll probably open it in a decade or two. Here in the meantime is the current, regular Glengoyne 12. I have no idea if it ever co-existed alongside the 12 CS. There is still a cask strength Glengoyne available but it is predictably now sold sans an age statement. And at some point the 17 yo seems to have turned into an 18 yo. I have to confess I haven’t really paid much attention to Glengoyne over the years, and in any case I am never very up on the ins and outs of distillery releases. Information you can get at other places. All I’m good for is dubious tasting notes of low utility.
As per the Glengoyne site the vatting is 20% European oak sherry cask, 20% first fill American oak bourbon and 60% refill casks (not clear what the previous contents of these were or if it matters terribly). They also tell us that the refill casks were “hand-selected”, which I think means that the others were just found lying around somewhere.
(I purchased this mini along with the Glen Scotia Double Cask at the Whisky Exchange in London last month.)
Glengoyne 12 (43%; from a purchased mini)
Nose: Lemon, malt and oak—nicely balanced. The citrus moves in the direction of orange as it sits. With a drop or two of water it gets quite malty.
Palate: Pretty much as promised by the nose and in that order. Pretty decent texture for 43%. With time it gets maltier—there’s some toffee too; and the citrus is a little sweeter and the oak perhaps a bit more prickly. A little thinner with water and a slight metallic quality emerges.
Finish: Medium. The citrus is the main story at first, yielding to the oak as it goes. Gets richer and maltier here too with time. As on the palate with water.
Comments: This is a pleasant summery malt and a good autumn malt rolled into one. Not terribly complex but it has absolutely no flaws. At $46 (in MN) this is highly recommendable; I might have to get a bottle myself. If I do, I’ll be drinking it without water.
Rating: 85 points.