Glengoyne 21, 2013, 43%

Right after last week’s posts about the rather awesome Twitter Tasting by Douglas Laing and The Whisky Wire, we’re diving right into another tasting. This time one I physically attended in Den Bosch at De Whiskykoning. At least, I was there for the largest part since I was half an hour late due to me leaving work late (beer) and trains also not helping.

The theme of the tasting was ‘Highlands & Campbeltown’ which is a recurring theme in autumn (spring = Lowlands, summer = Speyside, winter = Islay).

Since I was half an hour late for the tasting I missed the first two drams (Kilkerran Work in Progress 6, both the bourbon and the sherry wood), but I got those as a sample from Rob and will taste them this week, so I can put in the review at the end.

The first dram I tried was the new 21 year old Glengoyne. I reviewed the previous one a while back and was interested to find out how they differ.

The new Glengoyne 21 year old

The new Glengoyne 21 year old

The sherry cask is obvious not only from the colour. The nose gives you sherry, a lot of fruit and chocolate. Apple pie even, with alcohol and tannins. The fruitiness is of the dried apricot and plum kind.

On the palate it stays rather dry (in a very delicious way) with cocoa and coffee. The fruit is present too but in a rather generic way. Some sherry too.

It is still dry, of course, with dried peaches and chocolate. Even a hint of orange wedges. Pretty long.

Although it is quite a dry kind of sherried whisky, it is an utterly delicious one. The fruitiness with not only sherry influence but also some sherry flavour is really nice. I was surprised to find the apple pie notes on the nose because I usually associate that more with bourbon casks.

Anyway, a great opener for the evening and it set the bar high. The price went up since I bought the previous edition about five years ago, which was to be expected. But, compared to a lot of other 21 year old distillery bottlings, € 107.50 seems fairly reasonable.

Glengoyne 21, 2013 edition, 43%, matured in, I believe, Oloroso sherry casks. € 107.50 at De Whiskykoning.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Glengoyne 21, 2013, 43%

  1. Pingback: Glengoyne 25, 46% | Malt Fascination

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