Glengoyne have launched an extend range of bottlings, and were kind enough to send us some samples. We split them between me (Tony) and Pat. Pat drew the curtains, cleansed his palate, meditated for an hour or so, then allowed the whisky to interact with his nose and taste buds in strange and interesting ways. I took mine to the footy and sneakily drank them with my brotherr in an Eric Morecambe style (*cough* Arsenal).
Pat Says: Nose: Spiced apple, toffee, cachou sweets, candied lemon peel, nutmeg and Christmas pudding.
Taste: Light and buttery at first, then vanilla shortbread, coconut and wood spice, followed by a mouth-coating spice at the finish.
Although feels quite rich, this is more of an autumnal whisky. Rich and yet light
enough for numerous refills. Like it!!
Tony Says: After we went one nil up against Fulham we cracked this open to celebrate. We thought it drinkable but fairly anonymous. After the second goal we happily finished it. This costs about £48
Pat Says: Nose: Voluptuous and fruity. Red apple and ripe grape, poached pears and spiced fruit compote with a butterscotch base and, bizarrely a hint of fresh green peppers.
Taste: Perhaps a bit of a disappointment, given the nose. Light, vanilla, macaroons, apples and almonds with a slightly vegetal quality. Quite
drying at the end.
Don’t get me wrong, this is nice but is perhaps a little one-dimensional on the palate. Like it, but not as much as the 15.
Tony says: The bitter taste in my mouth was down to Fulhams equaliser, not this whisky. This struck us as more complex and interesting than the 15, a bit nutty and mouth filling. Dont listen to Pat, my brother and I liked it more than the 15. Mind you, it costs £75.
Glengoyne Cask Strength
Nose (without water): Quite vegetal and closed. Lardy cake and lemon buttercream and ginger.
Nose (with water): Really opens out. Sultana, walnut, wood polish, citrus peel,
tangerines, bitter dark chocolate.
Taste: Lighter than you think. Date and walnut cake. Creamy, smooth and silky.
Spicy, but not overpowering.
This is what the 18 should have been.
Tony Says: 2-0 up, 3-2 down, the only solace I have is that I still have a cask strength whisky in my pocket. Initial joy was tempered by an overriding anticlimax when the finish failed at the last and stunned disappointment was all we could feel. But enough of the football, the whisky was really nice. This costs about £45
Pat says: All in all, a lovely trio of whiskies, and would go for the Cask Strength, 15 and 18 in that order. Three Autumnal crackers.
Tony says: what he says. I actually really like the standard 10, so might not stump up for the 15 or 18. I would definitely consider upgrading from the 10 to the cask strength though.