Glengoyne 15 Years Old (2016)
I don’t have good reason for it, but I do have a soft spot for Glengoyne. I guess it is their age statement range (and their excellent No Age Statement CS), the use of sherry casks. I haven’t reviewed many official Glengoyne however, meaning it’s high time I properly assess the Glengoyne 15 Years Old.
The Glengoyne 15 Years Old is a vatting of first-fill bourbon casks and first-fill sherry casks, as well as some refill casks. I don’t know the ratio in which they where used, but you can bet that the majority of casks come from the bourbon industry.
Glengoyne 15 Years Old (43%, OB, +/- 2016)
Nose: Notes of barley sugar with lots of sweet oranges, some lemons and a whiff of lime, as well as some burlap. Slightly floral and a touch of sweet honey and coconut shavings.
Taste: Sweet caramel and fudge, but also vibrant citrus notes (lemons and bitter oranges). A nice spiciness with cloves and nutmeg, a pinch of pepper.
Finish: The spices linger for a while, until sweeter notes take over. Finally a hint of green apple. Medium in length.
A fair amount of oak and big-bodied, this Glengoyne 15 Years Old offers good value for money. A nice complexity and richness. I like it.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.