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Glengoyne 30 Year Old Review

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.

Glengoyne 30 Year Old (46.8%, £539.94/€588,95 )

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. Continue reading


Glengoyne 25 Year Old Review

Happy International Whisky Day!

The International whisky day event in which you are compelled to raise a dram (or two), was created in honor of British writer Michael Jackson, born on  27 March 1942, who wrote a few prominent whisky books and was a very influential whisky writer for newspapers until he died in 2007.

In honor of his memory and this day, I’ve decided to review Glengoyne 25 year old. It was released to market back in 2014 and it carries a 25 years old age statement. I like the facts it was bottled in 48% and without added caramel.

Glengoyne 25 Year Old (48%, £240/$289.99/€258,00)

Nose: Oh, this is some deeply sherried whisky, dried fruit, red berries and cherries and dark chocolate. Dry with lots of spices, wood spices, cinnamon and nutmeg and more and more nutmeg and nuts. After a few minutes the different waves mesh together with dark chocolate, dried fruit, cherries and a dash of spice. Great balance and harmony and it it gets better with extra time. Continue reading

Whisky Review – Glengoyne 35 Year Old

It’s the last day of 2015 which personally was a pretty good whisky year. The blog readership is on the rise and I got to taste some awesome whiskies this year and thankfully only a handful of bad whiskies.

I was torn between two possible whiskies to review today to celebrate the end of the year and I finally decided to stick with the 35 year old whiskies theme, at least for one more day, and finish 2015 with a delicious sherried whisky, the Glengoyne 35 Year Old. Only 500 bottles decanters were produced and the price is high but it’s really something special.

Glengoyne 35 Year Old (46.8%, £2162.34/€4,480/$2,899.99)

glengoyne_35Nose: Oh my, this is good. It’s very sherried and with a spicy and dirty edge. Berries, soaked raisins, dark chocolate, nutmeg and honey. A fantastic nose, I could smell it for hours! Continue reading

Whisky Review – Glengoyne 21 Year Old (Festive dram for blog birthday)

I’m taking another break today from the headbangers reviews series. But I have a very good excuse this time: It’s the blog second birthday!

To accommodate the event, I’ve decided to review a festive dram and after debating between a few possibilities, I’ve decided to review Glengoyne 21 Year Old.

Just like last year I intended to have a give-away for the blog holiday but it will be delayed till later this month, so watch this space.

Glengoyne 21 Year Old (43%, £109.79)

glengoyne 21Nose: Sherry goodness with dried fruits, raisins, prunes and plums. It’s a settled and elegant nose, lots of sweetness with demerara sugar and chocolate that strengthen over time. There  is also a lot of cooked nutmeg and overall it’s a real treat on the nose.
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Whisky Review & Tasting Notes – Glengoyne 12 Year old Cask Strength 57.2%


What happens if you take the excellent Glengoyne whisky and turn up the intensity to maximum? Yup, We’re talking Glengoyne cask strength!

Right now there’s only two cask strength Glengoyne expressions: the NAS Cask strength and the distillery only The Teapot dram (which I’ll post a review later this week), but not long ago (in whisky time) there was another one – the 12 year old cask strength which profiles as the following:

  • 20% 1st fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry
  • 10% 1st fill American Oak Oloroso Sherry
  • 70% refill Hoggies and Butts

I happened to taste it on a great whisky night last week and here are my notes:

Glengoyne 12 Year old Cask Strength (57.2%, £43.99)

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Whisky News – Official announcement of Gartbreck distillery in Islay, GlenGoyne 25yo, Glenglassaugh single cask bottlings

While not as busy as last week, we still had some very nice new whisky announcements this week – the official announcement of Gartbreck Distillery (new Islay distillery, yay!), Glengoyne up the bar to 25yo from 21yo for their official bottlings and in the last minute, more news from Glenglassaugh – vintage releases from 1968 to 1986.

Gartbreck, the 9th Islay distillery aims to revive traditional methods of whisky making

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Whisky Tour – Glengoyne Distillery (and a bonus too)

Last week, after over 3 months en route, I finally got my final package of whiskies I got myself in Scotland, and it reminded me I didn’t write yet a post on last distillery tour. The last day of trip arrived and we had time for one last distillery visit before going back home – Glengoyne Distillery.

This time we’ve killed 2 birds in one stone – we recruited a designated driver, a blogger who lives not far away but never visited there, so we ‘forced’ him to visit the place for the first time, out own #whiskyfabric cog member, Tom. So we checked out from the hotel, we got picked up by Tom and off we went to the place which is half lowlands, half highlands where Glengoyne distillery resides.

Glengoyne Distillery

Glengoyne Distillery

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Whisky News – Glengoyne Live Cask and 35yo bottle, Glendronach new CS batch

Although not much happened in the last week or two, still there were some interesting news for you to start (or close) the week, and in this edition: Glengoyne & Glendronach.


Glengoyne Live Cask Event

on 7th November, 7.00pm, there was a momentous event for Glengoyne Distillery, the home of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, as it hosted its first ever live online cask tasting.

live-cask-2013-winning-bottleMembers of the Glengoyne Family signed up to take part in this unique tasting – the first of its kind by a single malt brand – where three specially chosen casks were opened, discussed and tasted by Stuart Hendry, Brand Ambassador and Robbie Hughes, Glengoyne Distillery Manager, live online.

Filmed in Glengoyne Distillery’s warehouse number eight and broadcast by satellite, over 400 Glengoyne fans tuned in from countries around the world including Hawaii, Germany, South Africa and Sweden. Viewers then had the opportunity to vote online for their favourite cask to be bottled. The winning cask was then available for advance purchase online from 8.00pm.

The three casks that were sampled ranged from 25-27 years old. The winning cask was Cask B with 152 votes – 26 years old, distilled on the 19 May 1987, a first fill European oak sherry cask at 54.6% abv.  A bright gold malt with a strong scent of brambles, a sweet blast of honey on the tongue with eucalyptus and oily lemon.

Robbie Hughes commented: “To take three Glengoyne casks and open them for the first time since being filled was immensely exciting. Each cask the same but all have been on a different journey, leading to a distinctively individual malt inside. To be able to share this with Glengoyne fans is incredible and we are thrilled with the chosen bottle, cask B – a perfect addition to the Glengoyne collection.”

Cask C was a close second in the vote – a 27 year old malt with an amber redness, a syrupy nose and a rich, peppery taste. It was the highest abv at 53.6%.

Cask A was a 25 year old malt, dark and rich in colour with a sweet toffee nose and a spicy fruity taste. Its abv was 52.6%.

The recorded production is available to view on the brand’s YouTube channel at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq0eKuHkBtg

 Only 339 bottles will be available to purchase of this limited edition malt from www.glengoyne.com, with an RRP of £350.

Rare Glengoyne 35 Year Old launched as collectors’ item

Just 500 hand-blown decanters of the rare whisky have been produced, which are engraved with old inlay and individually numbered.

glengoyne_35Each decanter is presented in a solid oak lacquered box with a red leather interior, accompanied by an individually-numbered leather book.

The liquid itself has been ageing in Sherry casks in Glengoyne’s traditional dunnage warehouses.

Neil Boyd, director of malt whiskies for Ian Macleod Distillers, said:  “The Glengoyne 35-year-old is an exceptionally rare whisky. Distilled in the 1970’s and 35 years in the making, this rich malt is golden in colour with tropical fruit intensity and a liquorice and dark chocolate finish.

“It’s truly outstanding and the beautifully designed packaging is in-keeping with the distinct, premium and stylish design of the enhanced Glengoyne brand collection, launched last year.”

Glengoyne 35 Year Old will be available in global markets from November and is available on Glengoyne webshop here


Back in December last year, the GlenDronach distillery delighted its worldwide GlenDronachCaskStrengthbatch3admirers by producing its first cask strength single malt. All 12,000 bottles sold out in a matter of weeks and Batch 2 quickly followed due to popular demand.

Now Batch 3 has been released with GlenDronach’s trademark combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks aiding its careful maturation.

The Oloroso influence introduces notes of fruit and toffee while the Pedro Ximenez contribution adds zesty spice – and the result is a truly delicious sherried Speyside malt. Excellent aged oak combines with classic GlenDronach spirit to give a majestic example of an uncut whisky – straight from the cask at 54.9% vol, non-chill filtered and at its natural colour.

Billy Walker’s tasting notes show the wood and whisky have interacted over time to produce a dram bursting with beauty.

Appearance: Hints of ruby through a body of deep golden amber.

Nose: Fantastic waves of soft golden syrup over dates and rum raisins hold a gentle tangerine and ground almond back note. Toasted oak with a dusting of cocoa adds a rich warmth and depth.

Palate: Crisp barley and a freshly-sawn oak spice burst through ripe plums and golden sultanas. A delicate note of dried apricots and candied peel adds a fantastic sweet, zesty balance. Subtle touches of milk chocolate soften the long expressive finish.

Finish: A perfect harmony of classic Highland characters and elegant sherry influences.

Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We believe this is another GlenDronach gem where spices mingle with the richness of the fruit to give a hugely satisfying malt to be savoured slowly during special, quiet moments.

“We’ll continue to release our cask strength batches as long as this wonderful expression remains popular with consumers.”

If you would like to receive more information, please contact us on info@glendronachdistillery.co.uk

Whisky Review – Glengoyne 17

Two weeks ago I had my first taste of Glengoyne whisky. I’ve heard mostly good things on a few of their whiskies like the 21yo, CS and the Teapot Dram, but I also heard more lukewarm opinions on some of their whiskies. So I was quite happy to try this one and decide for myself  what I think of their products. Yes, I’m aware this is only a single whisky from their range but it’s a starting point and I’ll taste more of their whiskies while visiting them in about 2 weeks 🙂

Glengoyne 17 is a discontinued product, replaced by Glengoyne 18, but is still widely available in europe (and in some places in UK). it contains a high portion of 1st fill Sherry casks which strengthen the sherry impact over the younger siblings from this distillery.

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