The Glengoyne 25 is the latest addition to the GG range, and was released only last month (read more here) . official PR blabber says:
Matured exclusively in hand-selected sherry casks for a quarter of a century, this unique malt is an important addition to the Glengoyne collection, which includes the 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 Year Old and Cask Strength malts.
The malt is presented in a new heavy bespoke bottle and outer box. The bottle features a fine metal stopper, crafted cartouche and delicately branded neck tag and is attractively displayed in an oak box interior, which includes an engraved plinth. The elegant exterior has a refined feather pattern subtly varnished on the pack.
Indeed, the bottle looks lovely, and the price is not cheap, although this one is bottled at a nice 48% abv, higher than the 21 or any other GG besides the CS edition (and the teapot dram) but how is the liquid? Let’s find out shall we?
Nose: this smells good. Old armoires ? Leather sofas and old wooden furniture. A gentle and club with a dark fruity influence and a hint of smoke. Black currant jam. Dates. All floating upon layers of lacquered furniture. Yum.
Palate: lively deep sherry. Figs. Dates. Sultana. Lots of tannins and some oranges that balance out the sweet wine notes. Old wood. Cigar leaves. Musty mushrooms. Deep. Dark. Complex. Prime lapsang souchong black tea with that smoky note. Lovely.
Finish : Long. Sherry. Marmalade. Cigar leaves and a wisp of smoke.
This is a cracking dram, no doubt. great depth, and complexity, heavy sherry influence which is balanced by the old oak, and the tobacco / Lapsang tea leaves. Brilliant dram no doubt. Is it worth the price hike from the 21 year old (more than double the price), probably yes. If you can afford that, you’re in for a real treat. I must say this is high on my wish list now, for when i have some free money to spare (read: never).
Brilliant work guys.
Cheers for the sample!