Stupid summer schedule… It’s taken far, far too long, but here at last is the third and final installment of my Glengoyne review trilogy!
(I had a wee bit of technical difficulty with this one, so please forgive any sound/video hiccup)
Glengoyne 18 Year Old (Highland) – 43% ABV – $169.40 CAD (LCBO)
Nose: Orange peel, marmalade, crystal brown sugar, raisins, fig, apple, chocolate, cinnamon
Palate: Full, rich, weighty, with more red fruit notes than on the nose. Still get raisin and fig, but now more strawberry and plum. The chocolate takes on a honeyed and fudgey quality and the cinnamon is joined by hint of clove.
Finish: The sweeter notes fade away and the baking spices linger on, to be joined by a mellow apple note.
I really just love this bottle. I wrote up my tasting notes some time after actually recording the review, and it reminded me that every time I taste this whisky I pick up something different. It’s always rich, always a little complex, and always surprises me with a little something new.
At about ~$170 here in Ontario, I don’t know that this is necessarily the best value in the Glengoyne range, but it is the expression I enjoy the most.
I don’t know if it’s the baking spice notes or the apple and raising, but there’s a quality to this whisky that just feels homey and soothing to me. Beyond its very evident quality and wonderfully crafted flavour profile, the fact that it instills something comforting and familiar just puts it over the top for me.
One of my favorites, and one I would never hesitate to recommend!