Glengoyne 25, 48%

It seems Glengoyne has finally joined the ranks of distillers that bottle some of their product at 48%. As far as I remember they always did everything either at cask strength or at 43%. 48% is better. At least I think so, especially when the decision to go to 43% would also involve chill filtration.

Anyway, this Glengoyne 25 year old was released last year and got rave reviews. It seemed everybody liked it despite it’s rather hefty price tag. A bottle of this will cost you north of € 250, with only a German shop keeping it closer to € 250 than € 300. In short, this is an expensive bottle.

I finally got to try it at De Whiskykoning‘s favorites tasting. I went there two weeks ago already and got to try his favorite drams of 2014, and this was part of the line-up. I already know the Glengoyne 21 year old. My father in law has the current edition and I went through a bottle of my own a few years ago. I know that one is good but on the verge of being over-sherried.

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
This definitely is a sherry bomb. It’s more whisky-like than expected though. As in, the sherry doesn’t overpower the whisky as much as I expected. It’s slightly sharp, with raisins, plums, dates, a whiff of alcohol, barley and, somehow, banana crisps (those you can get at Indonesian supermarkets, you know).

Sip:
The palate is dry, again with raisins but also muesli (with all the dried fruits and nuts and all). Some espresso, lots of oak and quite sharp still.

Swallow:
The finish has chocolate and raisins, sherry, oak, some ‘whisky sharpness’. It’s dry, sweet and slightly bitter.

The sharpness I refer to is, I think, created by the added 5% alcohol. The 21 year old has nothing of the sorts and is closer to being overpowered by the sherry than this one. The whisky shines a bit more in the older version. I like that.

Apart from that, all the usual suspects are here with sherry, oak and dried fruits making an appearance. I like the slightly bitter notes of espresso and chocolate too, they add a nice layer of depth to an otherwise good, but rather simple dram.

In short, I like it, but I don’t think it’s € 300 good. Especially if for a couple tenners more you can get a bottle of the Balvenie Tun 1509, I always go for that.

Glengoyne 25, 48%, available at De Whiskykoning for € 315

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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