After I reviewed Glengoyne 25 yesterday for the International Whisky Day, I really had to raise the bar today so let’s check out Glengoyne 30 Year Old which was released a few months ago.
Glengoyne 30 Year old is a vatting of ~33% first fill European oak sherry butts and ~66% refill sherry butts (split the remaining 1% between them…). It’s un-chill filtered, natural colored and 6000 bottles were made to the public at RRP of £600.
Nose: Old sherry, sherry vinegar and balsamic vinegar, dried fruit, milk chocolate. Lots of sherry fruits instead of the chocolate and spices that dominate the 25yo. After a while cherries and strawberries, more sherry vinegar, sour sweet dried and fresh berries and a bit more chocolate but not on the same chocolate levels of the 25yo.
Palate: Dark dried fruit, sherry spices, dark chocolate and nutmeg lurks behind, cooked coffee grounds, cinnamon, sherry vinegar and subtle bittersweet oak spices.
Finish: long subtle length, velvety, dark chocolate and coffee laced with black cherries juice, gentle dry oak spices and pepper.
Thoughts: Oh wow, this is a marvelous whisky. It’s silky, balanced and harmonised with lots of old sherry fruitiness and the right amount of chocolate and spices. A real stunner!