Single malt whisky - tasting notes

10 Nov 2012

Glengoyne 1972 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glengoyne

Let’s throw in another new Malts of Scotland release, a sherried Glengoyne 1972. Based on the colour, this has nothing in common with the earlier 1972/1973 Glengoynes from the same bottler.

Notice the diamond on this label? It indicates the Warehouse Diamonds Collection, a new premium range of extraordinary casks from the MoS stock.

The Belgian festival Spirits in the Sky is taking place in Leuven this weekend. Be sure to visit Dominiek’s stand and buy yourself a dram of this Glengoyne.


Glengoyne 1972 Malts of Scotland - Warehouse DiamondsGlengoyne 40 yo 1972 (55,5%, Malts of Scotland 2012, sherry hogshead, ref. MoS 12044, 254 btl.)

Nose: oh my, this is great. Very aromatic and deeply fruity. Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, dried prunes, apricot jam… Cinnamon and brown candy sugar. A slightly oriental spicy note. A lot of oak too, but a very silky, polished type which is a huge asset here. Plenty of cigar boxes and sandalwood. Makes me think of old sherried Longmorn or Strathisla, but also of rums and old bourbon whiskey. Mouth: very thick, very sherried. Rum & raisins galore. Deep fruity notes again: rhubarb stew, plums, bags of figs, raspberry jam and a slightly exotic hint of banana flambéed. Then back to candy sugar, cinnamon, honey, a little mint and crystallized ginger. A few nutty notes too. Again traces of high-end rum or cognac. Finish: very long, still fruity, but also showing a soft herbal bitterness and chocolate. Perfect amount of oak.

A wonderfully elegant Glengoyne and one of the best recent bottlings I’ve tried altogether. A sherry masterpiece with some old-style elements, juicy fruits, lots of oomph and no dryness at all – a rare diamond indeed. Around € 300.

Score: 94/100

Glengoyne 1972 (Malts of Scotland) 5 Ruben Luyten 2012-11-10



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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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