I’ve slowly been revisiting this bottle over the past half year or so, and it's been growing on me. There are a lot of people who are unhappy this trend of younger whiskies with higher abv’s being used to replace older ones, and rightly so. But this one's the exception to the rule.
Nose: Powerful, tart, and zesty. Lemon, ginger, peach, apple pie, sultanas, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, milk chocolate, and tea biscuits. Good complexity, with a semi-sour tartness that counterbalances the sherried sweetness.
Palate: Good spicy kick right from the start. Peppers and heavy sherried fruits dominate the arrival. The sherry is deeper and richer than the nose suggested. It’s very dry, very red, and very rich. Sultanas, dried apple, marzipan, lemon zest, and charred oak.
Finish: More deep, rich sherry fruits. With the sherry comes an absolutely gorgeous berry sweetness. Red currant, rasperry, blueberry, apricots, sultanas and marmalade. The charred oak continues to dry the mouth, and brings with it waves of vanilla. What a lovely sting this has. The final notes dissipate on lingering butterscotch, cream, milk chocolate, white pepper, and coffee. The finish is long, complex, and dynamic.
Thoughts: This is a sherry monster; ‘Goyne-style. In my experience with Glengoyne, their sherried whiskies carry a certain level of distinctiveness. Different from the standard sherry bombs à la ‘Farclas 105 or A’bunadh. Why? First, there’s a strong tartness or zestiness that sets it apart. Second, there’s more of a burnt quality to the oak. The oak in this has a strong, spicy, savory quality that I could compare to a good, high abv bourbon. Third, there’s a jam-like berry sweetness here that really shines.
This is very nice. If the industry continues to move towards NAS cask strength releases, then this is a prime example of how that should be done. I’m happy with ‘Goyne’s new direction. I’ll have to give the new lineup a go.
*蘇格蘭很多酒廠已經沒有年份高的庫存了,所以他們用年輕的CASK STRENGTH部SHOW出年份來取代年份高的酒.通常這並不是一個很好的方式但是用在GLENGOYNE CASK STRENGTH 卻非常成功,對我來說這一款比其他GLENGOYNE有年份的還好喝,尤其考焦的橡木味還有野莓果醬味更讓這一瓶酒特別.