We liked the Glengoyne 10 so much we grabbed a bottle of its older brother, the 21. For the unacquainted, Glengoyne is a malt distillery just half an hour from Glasgow, that specializes in sherry bombs.
Technically the spirit is distilled in the Highlands and matured (across the street) in the Lowlands. technically in the Scottish Highlands. The 21 is aged in ex-sherry, and you get plenty of it on the nose and palate. The whisky retails for $200 at K&L, not bad for a 21 year old spirit.
Review #121: Glengoyne 21
- Score - 8/108/10
Nose: Sherry, sherry, and some more sherry. Dried plums, green apple. Palate: Sherry definitely carries through. Mineral water, caramelized green apples, strawberry shortcake.
- ABV: 43%
- Natural color
- Chill filtered
- Slogan: “The authentic taste of malt whisky untainted by peat smoke” (they are one of the few Scottish distilleries to not peat their water or their barley). Which probably explains why the whisky comes off so straightforwardly malty and bready.
- Since the distillery is located in the Highland Line, their whisky is technically distilled in the Highlands and aged in the Lowlands (right across the street)
- Named Glen Guin for “Valley of Wild Geese”
- One of three whiskies, along with Macallan and Bruichladdich, that use Golden Promise barley, which is flavorful and low yield.