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08 Jul 2014

Glengoyne 14 Year Old (Marks & Spencer)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glengoyne

This Glengoyne 14 Year Old is a limited edition for Marks & Spencer in the UK. It was launched in April 2011 but we’re trying the graphically updated version of late 2013. It was matured in casks that previously held Oloroso sherry (both first-fill and refill).

 

Glengoyne 14 Years for Marks & SpencerGlengoyne 14 yo
(40%, OB for Marks & Spencer 2013)

Nose: toffee caramel, sweet lemon and apples sprinkled with cinnamon. Sweet barley notes and brown sugar. Also poached pears. Hints of butter pastry and honey. Golden raisins. For a sherried malt, it’s a bit too malty (and slightly musty) for me, but overall quite nice. Mouth: sweet and smooth, with a buttery mouthfeel. Yellow apple and raisins again, with a soft underlying tingle from the oak spices. It’s all about smoothness, with an easy caramelly maltiness and balanced nutty sherry notes. Finish: not too long, very malty, a little drier, with some lingering nutmeg and pepper.

This Glengoyne 14 Years is a smooth malt, well in line with the rest of the Glengoyne range and pretty good value for money. Only available at Marks & Spencer. Around € 45. Thanks for the sample, Martin.

Score: 81/100

Glengoyne 14 Year Old (Marks & Spencer) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-07-08

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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