I’m desperately trying to clear out my sampledrawer and pulled out this Glenglassaugh Revival. I’ve never really paid any attention to this distillery so I was pleased to try an unknown spirit.
The Glenglassaugh distillery was mothballed in 1986 only to be reopened in 2008 with new investors. They currently produce both peated and unpeated whisky.
The Revival was their first whisky they released from the re-opened distillery. It’s 3 years old and has spent the last 6 months getting finished in first fill ex-Oloroso casks.
Nose: Yeasty, grassy and somewhat metallic. It’s young, but the casks were quite active. I’m getting tangerine and cherry pits. Some vanilla is in there too. I’m surprised at the complex yet quite coherent nose for its age.
Palate: Some pepper and woodspice, then lots of ginger. There’s a truffle note too.
Finish: Ah, the sweetness from the Oloroso wood comes back here. Dark red fruits and some leather. The metallic note is here as well though. It’s a medium long finish.
I’m honestly surprised by this. I should pay more attention to Glenglassaugh in the future…
The Glengoyne 25 is currently the oldest in Glengoyne’s core range. It’s also quite a bit more expensive than the 21 year old.
Colour: Dark amber with a reddish hue
Nose: What a majestic nose this is. There’s oak and leather, allspice and cloves, dates and raisins, mint and eucalyptus, blood oranges and brown sugar. Everything intertwines so elegantly, yet the nose is still full bodied.
Palate: Red fruits at first, cherries and red berries. Freshly polished leather, ginger and nutmeg and some lovely dark chocolate. The 48% ABV is also on point, it gives it more body without being overpowering.
Finish: A long juicy finish with dates, oak and a slight tobacco note.
Not much to say on this, this is quite simply and excellent concoction. Try it out if you can!
Starting at the 21 year old, the Glengoyne expressions are 100% ex-sherry casks. Let’s see what this does to it.
Colour: Darker amber.
Nose: This one is a lot darker than all of the younger Glengoyne’s I’ve tried so far. Liquorice and leather, furniture polish, slighly sweaty, dung, hay, spices, after opening up, the fruity notes come through more.
Palate: Very soft arrival, earthy, oak, tannins, slight pepper, grassy, slight zest, once it had some time to open up, the red fruit notes come through, cherries on top.
Finish: Quite a bitter but long finish, oak, walnuts, pinenuts and sultana’s.
It needs some time to open up, but when you give it that, it’s a wonderful whisky.
Nose: Quite a heavy, dense nose. Dark red fruits and liquorice. Some leather notes, showing it’s age. Overripe pears and honey underneath it all, and some acetone. After some time, more vanilla seeps through.
Palate: Quite oaky and somewhat drying. Cherries, plums and dates, as you would expect from 18 years in sherry casks. Otherwise the oak is too strong and drowns out the more subtle notes.
Finish: The oak takes center stage here, some honey too. Medium long
You can smell and taste the age here, but the oak is a tad overpowering.
A more substantial offering in terms of alcohol, but probably less so in age.
Nose: Mint, brown sugar and freshly made pancakes. But also quite a stingy note, the high ABV is very pronounced here. Some orange zest. Hints of sweetness are quite shy. With water: it somewhat tames the alcohol. More musty notes and furniture polish.
Palate: Pepper at first. Some raisins, chocolate and berries too, again quite sharp. With water: some more malty notes, prunes and leather.
Finish: Medium to long finish with dark chocolate, pecans and espresso.
The high ABV and relatively active casks have trouble hiding the youthfulness of this whisky.
A Glengoyne that’s meant for travel retail, NAS, and that has been finished in Pedro-Ximénez casks. I must admit I’m not too excited by that, let’s have a closer look.
Nose: A very sweet nose, much more so than the other Glengoyne’s I’ve tried so far. Candy sweets and cough sirup. The typical apple, honey and vanilla is there too. I’m getting a green note too, broccoli! That’s new. Some strawberry as well.
Palate: Quite sweet once again with cherries leading the charge. Also some milk chocolate, parsley and liquorice.
Finish: A medium long finish here with poached pears and coffee
I liked this much more than anticipated. The whisky is quite young but the active PX-casks did enough to alleviate this.
Nose: Quite a closed nose at first, it needs some time to open up. Green apples and a strong vanilla note, seems standard in pretty much all the Glengoyne’s I’ve had so far. Some dates and raisins accompanied by hay and a malty note. The more time you give it, the more the fruity notes come out.
Palate: Nice and oily mouthfeel. Banana at first, which surprised me. Oranges and orange peel, oak and a hint of pepper, but at the same time it’s quite a soft experience on the palate. Some pencil shavings and almond powder too.
Finish: Walnuts balanced out by green apples and honey, medium long.
More complex than the 12y. Very nice balance on this one.
This 15 year old Glengoyne is a special release as a tribute to the first Distillery Manager. It was originally released exclusively for travel retail.
Colour: Pale gold, a tad lighter than the regular 15 year old.
Nose: Some biscuits and lots and lots of lemon. Some overripe pineapple too, accompanied by a dusty note. There are some very nice richer sherry notes in here, but they are very far back. It seems like the spirit is quite detached from the influence of the cask. With some time in the glass, I’m getting more violet notes, which doesn’t bode well.
Palate: A very soft arrival, too soft in fact. Something akin to cantaloupe melon. Then flowers and soap.
Finish: Almost nonexistent, maybe not such a bad thing in this case. Some flowers and dry oak.
I know some people like the flowery, violet notes. I don’t, and so this whisky definitely isn’t for me. I greatly prefer the 10 or 12 year old versions.