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Glengoyne Range 15, 18 & 21 years

My first post is about some of the Glengoyne range. I purchased samples of a 15, 18 and 21 year old, so that I could sit down and do a back to back tasting of the distillery’s medium to high range of whiskies.

15 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 15
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Light gold
Nose: Light, sweet
Taste: Light, no flavour really stands out
Finish: Medium length, dry
Rating: 5/10

Refreshing, enjoyable dram, particular on a warm day. Light, but at 43%, has that little extra kick, some may prefer with a dash of water as a result, but I would be careful on how much you put in as it could easily kill the flavour, personally I would not add any.

I have not yet tried the 10 or 12 years so it is difficult to judge, but I would personally say that it is probably not worth the money that I have seen it at (around £45). For me it just lacks a little something for a 15 and for the price.

18 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 18
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Rich gold
Nose: Light but complex. Light fruits such as apple
Taste: Rich, smooth, spicy and slightly sweet
Finish: Strong, long lasting
Rating: 8/10

I unfortunately never got to try the 17 year old, which the 18 year old replaced, but I can say that it has it has definitely been replace with a splendid whisky. I have seen it at around £70 and have to say that when compared the 15, it is worth the extra. A wonderful drink, warmer than the 15, would be a good a spring or autumn drink. Again at 43% some may like some water, you can get away with a little more added to this one given it’s rich flavour, but I found that it did not really need much.

21 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 21
Chill-filtered: Yes
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Rich copper
Nose: Rich, complex, sweet, spicy
Taste: Rich, smooth, spicy
Finish: Warm, medium length
Rating: 9/10

When I saw the colour I thought, Wow! Very clear that it is a first-fill sherry cask (Oloroso), as is the 18 incidentally. To me it is worth every penny. If you can afford the extra ontop of the 18, go for it. At time of writing though, Master of Malt were doing it at a cracking price, just £9 more than the 18.

This one comes highly recommended for those sherry cask lovers, it’s everything you would want from a 21 year old sherry cask whisky. This one is again at 43% so a little water may be required for some. It seems to carry the strength even more than the 18, so even with the water it has a bit of a kick, but without sacrificing the flavour however.