I tried its predecessor Glengoyne 17 Years but I never reviewed this Glengoyne 18 Year Old which was launched toward the end of 2012. It is matured in refill sherry and first-fill sherry casks.
Glengoyne 18 yo
(43%, OB +/- 2018)
Nose: not the classic dried fruits / dark sherry profile but rather a grassy, leafy style. Plenty of orange peel and marmalade, nutmeg and cardamom. Yellow raisins and red apples. Marzipan. Some real vanilla too.
Mouth: good, still very malty and less influenced by sherry than I hoped. Brown sugar, pepper, cinnamon. Sweet apples, creamy almonds, orange peel. Honey and butterscotch.
Finish: medium long, back to leafy / spicy notes, toffee and hints of toasted bread.
A fairly rich Glengoyne, with a leafy style and spices, but always with a malty body. I like it better than the old 17 Years but it’s not an absolute highflyer. You can find it at TWE or MoM for instance.