Glengoyne is a distillery that I really appreciate. The original bottlings are very pleasant and especially the Glengoyne 21 year old is one of my favourites out of their core range. Something that you encounter less often are Glengoyne single malts released by independent bottlers. Although you see them sporadically passing by, for instance, Douglas Laing and Cadenhead bottled a few and also this 40-year-old Glengoyne comes from an independent bottler. In addition, we also have TBWC, which has now released four Glengoyne’s and of which I am going to review one today, which is the Glengoyne 17-year-old batch 1.

This Glengoyne is bottled at 49.1% ABV.

Glengoyne 17-year-old batch 1 tasting notes:

Nose: Salted caramel. Blueberries and fresh figs. Rope? Raisins. Red apples. A hint of honey. Followed by milk chocolate. Later oranges too.

Taste: Blackberries and honey. Salted caramel, followed by walnuts. Then anise, and butter. A hint of oak tannins.

Finish: The finish is mid-long and dry, with that salted caramel again.

I’m a little bit disappointed by this one, don’t get me wrong but I expected a bit more from it, especially considering its price tag (£ 174.95 for a 500ml bottle). It feels like the price-quality ratio is a little bit out of context and it loses some points here for me. The nose is really nice, but the taste just stays a bit behind and is somewhat flat. It’s a nice dram, but I just would have liked to see more in here.

Sample provided by Atom Brands.