I’ve reviewed three Glengoyne expressions in the past, but that was a long time ago, before GG released this new Cask Strength expressions. I’ve heard many good things about it, and since it’s NAS I decided to start my little GG series of tasting notes with this (expect the 15yo and 18 yo to follow soon). The Glengoyne line-up was also repackaged and sports nicer labels and looks. The CS version is made of about 30% 1st fill ex sherry cask 70% refill ex sherry cask, and bottled at a nice 58.7% abv.
Nose: sweet and spicy. Nice sherry touch with cooked apples, allspice, zest and sweet dough (biscuits) and vanilla. Some Damp wood and a bit of wood varnish. Very nice nose, and not too sharp in spite of the high % abv.
Palate: Powerful and zingy on entry , a hint of sherried sultanas. Vanilla. Pepper. Apples and stewed pears. full of malty loveliness.
Finish: Dry , oaky and malty with some dark chocolate and charred oak.
A lovely drop ! Really good stuff, and a nice addition to the range, one of the best GGs I’ve had.
Official sample provided by Glengoyne.