“A 20cl bottle of 18 year old Glengoyne. The distillery claims to have the slowest distillation in Scotland. This bottling has notes of vanilla and apples with a luxurious richness due in part to its high proportion of first-fill sherry casks.
NOSE: Rich and pronounced fresh-fruit notes: apple, pineapple and papaya, with malt and toffee in the background, along with a hint of cinnamon.
PALATE: The richness continues, but with the fruit notes of apple and pineapple superseded by prominent notes of nut and spice: hazelnut, nutmeg and clove.
FINISH: Medium to long, with the fruit and nut slowly dissipating to leave the spicy flavours.
COMMENT: A rich and spicy whisky, with the added complexity that the additional year’s maturation gives, compared to its predecessor. It may not be priced in the everyday whisky bracket, but its approachability and fullness of flavour mean it’s not a whisky that should only be enjoyed on special occasions.”