2005 Glengoyne 16 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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The Glengoyne distillery straddles the official dividing line between the lowlands and the highlands, but the famous distillery's credentials have never been questioned. Founded in 1833 and not ceasing operation during the several industry crises and closures, the Glengoyne Distillery has long been associated with sherry matured single malt production. The distillery name, an anglicization of the term Glen Guin, means to the valley of the wild geese. The distillery received the Royal Warrant to supply the household of the Queen Mother in 1984 and the distillery's current bottlings still feature the warrant prominently. The distillery boasts long fermentation and a very slow distillation intended to enhance the sweet fruity character of the spirit. While the distillery is typically filling European and American Oak seasoned with sherry, this unusual expression exemplifies the true nature of the spirit perfectly. At a lovely point in its maturation with a nice somewhat active hogshead not completely masking the character of the spirit, few single casks will offer as much inviting fruity character and approachable flavors. A particular strong value considering the current prices of the core range and while some Glengoyne lovers might prefer this whisky matured in Sherry, few would plausibly deny the inherent quality of this exceptional spirit in this rarely seen style.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2022 | Send Email
Honestly, this whisky has no business being this good or this inexpensive. It should be both worse and more expensive and if you had the 11 year old, which was perfectly lovely, before tasting this you'll know what I'm talking about. That 11 year was kind of weird and funky, finished in PX casks, and honestly one of the most polarizing whiskies of last year. There were people that absolutely adored it and others that thought we were crazy for bottling it. This one, I suspect will be much less controversial and considering the price is $10 and it's 5 years the last ones senior it will easily be one of the best values of the 2022 campaign. The color is pale gold. The nose is packed full of aromatic spices, almost hints of incense, behind that there's rich fudgy malt, fresh herbs, hazelnuts and something slightly industrial. It's not very dark, but it seems this was a pretty active cask. One the palate this perfect interplay of sweet and spice, subtle and richly textured. With a few drops of water the spice is tempered and the malt comes forward along with some ripe orchard fruit. A pepper notes pops up on the palate. This is the rare case where I prefer at full strength, but if the nose is too intense a few drops does take it down a notch. An absolutely great little casks and a stupidly good deal by any measure.

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