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July 8, 2021



Summer Duets
Today young Glengoyne
Always like to try Glengoyne, especially since the name seems to have become a little less, say prevalent in recent years. We used to see many more Glengoynes ten or twenty years ago. So, me happy now…

Glengoyne 'Cask Strength Batch 008' (59.2%, OB, 2020)

Glengoyne 'Cask Strength Batch 008' (59.2%, OB, 2020) Four stars
From sherry casks and bourbon barrels. This one too was 'unhurried Since 1833' but I'm asking, isn't that starting to feel a little long? (Ed: S., oh please!) The first and the second batches (2013 and 2014) have been my favourite. BTW, this #008 comes with a new livery. Colour: light gold. Nose: a little raw, on porridge and muesli, with touches of rubber, stems, apple peelings, cider, a little muscovado sugar, wisteria, scones… Rather all-natural, with rather minimal sherry impact. With water: gets almondy and a little mentholy. Cedar wood, some patchouli and some beedis. Peace, love! Mouth (neat): close to the barley, with good citrus and other acidic fruits, citrons, Seville oranges, then a little caramel and indeed touches of fresh sherry. Some pepper. With water: on citrus and caramel, some kind of lemony chilli – I suppose that does exist – and walnut wine. Finish: long, rather on toasted bread, pecan pie, toffee, chocolate… Some butterscotch in the aftertaste. Comments: a pretty good batch, I would say. Plays well with H2O.
SGP:551 - 85 points.

Glengoyne 2009/2020 (57.1%, OB, The Family Legacy, PX hogshead, cask #1009, 318 bottles)

Glengoyne 2009/2020 (57.1%, OB, The Family Legacy, PX hogshead, cask #1009, 318 bottles) Five stars
This is a single cask, obviously. Colour: amber. Nose: reminds me of the olden days, with this lovely, slightly varnishy sherry, a lot of toffee and nougat, old furniture and old books, thuja and cedar wood… I'm rather impressed I have to say. With water: classic development on mushrooms, earth, cigars and lamp oil. Superb. Mouth (neat): superb indeed! Shoe polish, triple-sec, fudge, menthol, cough syrup, heather honey… Love this, really. Some single cask! With water: and there, as expected it took water extremely well, getting more citrusy and more herbal. Citronelle, proper limoncello, green walnuts… This is perfect. Finish: rather long, tense and curiously vertical (in the best sense) given the pedigree. Perhaps the less schmalzy ex-PX malt whisky ever. Quite. Comments: we need the papers to make sure this was PX and not fino or amontillado. I am not joking. Okay, I am. Splendid young Glengoyne, makes me very happy. Indeed I've expurgated this note.
SGP:462 - 90 points.

Straight from the Whiskyfun Archive, this magazine ad for Glengoyne, I believe circa 1995. Indeed the engines in the 911s used to be air-cooled until 1997 while Glengoyne's malt was 'air-dried', so unpeated. Porsche switched to water-cooling in 1997; Glengoyne could then have put a picture of their stills, but it's true that all stills are water-cooled, are they not. Their used to be a variant of this ad with Cohiba cigars instead of a red 911.


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