Glengoyne 18 Year

Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

Tasted February 4, 2021
4.25 out of 5 stars
Got a sample from a friend who knows I love scotch. I liked the 12 year and the 10 was decent. Both had good flavor but lacked depth and were a little thin. The 18 is still a tad thin but corrects the depth issue. Poured neat the nose is mature and refined. The bubble gummy fruit punch has transformed into a nice orange oil rubbed executive desk complete with worn leather chair. The palate has old sherried fruits in a dank wine cellar. There is a dark roast/gym locker funk that only scotch lovers can appreciate. Finish is long aged leather and seasoned barrel oak with the dark fruit drifting away. There is a good malt presence throughout as well and the quality here is high. I am a firm believer that 18 is when scotch really starts to deliver full flavor saturation and complexity regardless of proof. This is not on the level of say the amazing Glendronich but can compete with the other famous Glens L & F 18 yr offerings. Down side is price as most bourbon guys are in constant sticker shock but I get it. This is just where you have to go price wise for longer aged scotch experience if you are a true malt lover........94/100
  • Jan-Case
    February 5, 2021

    The 21y is really even quite a bid better while the 25y for quite a few people is classified as one of the best whiskies ever. I am still on the local hunt for either one of those bottles.

  • ctbeck11
    February 5, 2021

    Thanks for the comparison with GD. That was going to be my first question. I’ve seen this one a few times, but it never seems to do as well as some of the other sherried heavy hitters.

  • skillerified
    February 5, 2021

    I would like to have a "nice orange oil rubbed executive desk complete with worn leather chair." Where can I get that?