Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter One (2019)
Did you know I visited Glengoyne in November of last year? Maybe if you follow me on Instagram, but otherwise there’s no reason you should. Shamefully, I still haven’t written about my visit, even though I’ve a few cask samples from that visit waiting to be reviewed as well. I promise I will get to them… at some point.
For now, let’s focus our attention on Chapter One of The Legacy Series from Glengoyne. The label speaks of ‘a heart of the very finest European oak first-fill Oloroso casks.’ Now that is some cunning marketing talk, as it means that other casks have been in the mix too, yet that’s not something the marketing department wants you to know.
Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter One (48%, OB, 2019)
Nose: A slight dirtiness/metallic flavour I usually associate with the likes of Ben Nevis. A hint of sultanas and cocoa powder, as well as toasted bread, overripe apple parts, and sweet apple cider. Whisper of cinnamon.
Taste: Somewhat sour, with pickled lemon, and a slight bitterness as well. A very noticeable wood influence. Slightly oily mouthfeel, which is nice, as well as burnt caramel and marzipan.
Finish: Lingering spices (nutmeg and pepper), lemon.
Not too impressed here, and certainly most of those casks were refill casks. While that in itself isn’t a problem of course, the lack of depth and balance is. Not the best Glengoyne I’ve tasted.
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.