Single malt whisky - tasting notes

10 Dec 2013

Glengoyne 1969 (Cadenhead)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glengoyne

Again an oldie, Glengoyne 1969 this time, one of these green bottles in Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection, topped with a golden seal. Although it has an excellent reputation among Belgian whisky enthusiasts, it seems to be much less appreciated in other circles. Always make up your own mind.

There is another version at 62,8% which is 27 years old. Both seem to have similar profiles.

 

Glengoyne 1969 / 1996 CadenheadGlengoyne 26 yo 1969 (63%, Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection 1996, Chairman Stock)

Nose: very jammy fruits: apricot jam, quince jelly, whitecurrants, mirabelles, gooseberry pie… Stewed fruits, but also fresh and fragrant apricots and strawberries. Hints of marshmallow / rosewater lokum. Peonies. A little vanilla. Some fruit tea and late harvest wine. Also lots of polished oak and beeswax, mixed with pollen, honey and other beehive notes. Very elegant oak. Mouth: quite oily and again, such a fruit basket! In line with BenRiach 1976, Longmorn 1969 or Caperdonich 1972. Apricots, oranges, greengages, pink grapefruit, white cherries… Juicy yellow raisins. Honey and these lovely waxy notes again. Moves towards cinnamon and mint, exotic woods (cedar?) and blonde tobacco. Some pepper and an oaky dryness towards the finish but what a delicious palate. Finish: long, half spicy, half fruity, with traces of menthol.

 

All these Maniacs who think this is worth 88 points, I’ll take your bottles please, thank you very much. This is just excellent Glengoyne, full of (tropical) fruits and beehive notes (a combo that always does it for me). Thanks Luc.

Score: 94/100

Glengoyne 1969 (Cadenhead) 5 Ruben Luyten 2013-12-10
  • MARS

    I like this one a lot also! Maybe it’s because I am a belgian whisky enthusiast! :-)

  • john marrinan

    Sure 88 and 94 are practically the same anyway.

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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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