The Sherry Project Part IV: Glengoyne CS #1
The fourth contender is probably the odd whisky out in The Sherry Project. The Glengoyne CS batch 001 is less of a classic than the other whiskies in this competition. But what it lacks in name-recognition, it makes up for in quality. The whiskies from Glengoyne as a whole fly under the radar, but they make some fine stuff. This cask strength-version is proof of that.
Glengoyne CS batch 001 (58,7%, OB)
Nose: Plenty of vanilla and wet grass. Almost like walking in a meadow. After those initial fresher notes the sherry influence becomes more apparent, but stays subtle. Fudge, chocolate, butter, very oily, but also a bit musty.
Taste: Lots of wood flavours, oaky and dry. And again a fresh quality, but this time in the form of citrus notes. Malty and grainy (cereal). Wood spices.
Finish: Very spicy and powerful, much more than you’d expect after the nose and the palate. Dry and bitter with a little bit of sweetness.
A wonderful whisky with a nice balance between fresh flavours, sweet sherry influences and wood notes. I like it a lot, and it is priced properly at 50/60 euro. The Glengoyne takes second place in The Sherry Project so far, sitting right behind the Glendronach CS batch 2.
There’s only one more round to go, but that round does bring us a strong contender with an appearance by The Macallan CS. Will it live up to its reputation?
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.