Although I normally have a slight preference for whisky matured in bourbon casks, I can also appreciate the occasional whisky matured in sherry casks. Especially when it is a bit colder, as is the case now. So this Glengoyne 30 year old may well be the perfect dram for that, although it’s slightly above my budget (around €700).
Last year I was lucky enough to be able to participate in, for me quite a special tasting, as we not only tasted that stunning Rosebank, which I reviewed a while ago but also this Glengoyne 30 years old. Of course, I had saved this sample to review here, because I was quite impressed with this oldie (oops that’s a spoiler alert).
This limited Glengoyne, of which 5200 are available, is part of the Fine & Rare series. It is a new range that was launched by the distillery last November. Consisting of three rather special bottles because, in addition to this 30-year-old, there is also a 25-year-old and last but not least a 50-year-old, the oldest single malt ever bottled by Glengoyne.
This Glengoyne has matured in 1st fill and refill European oak sherry casks and is bottled at 46.8% ABV.
Glengoyne 30 year old tasting notes:
Nose: a sherry bomb alright, but old style! Dried fruits, combined with dark forest fruit, blueberries, blackberries and those really dark cherries. Raisins too. A hint of furniture polish. Leather and tobacco. A hint of oak and cacao.
Taste: ok, this is rather lovely en it’s somewhat lighter(?) or less oaky than I would expect from such a whisky at that age. Oh, this is really good. Tobacco and honey. Raisins. Blueberries. Sweet oranges in the background. Creamy milk chocolate and Earl Grey tea. Some lovely spices too: black pepper, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
Finish: long with cocoa, nutmeg and cloves. A hint of gooseberries too.
A stunning dram with an almost surprising taste. The nose suggests that it would be a very heavy sherry bomb with a lot of oak on the palate, but that is actually not the case at all. This is exactly how it should be. Really well done this!
Well, depends on what you mean with collectable.