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GLENGOYNE 21 YO (2013, OB, 43%)

We’re getting older. We can tell it by the fact that we have now some samples of new expressions of whiskies we already tasted long time ago. For instance, this Glengoyne 21 yo, the oldest whisky from the distillery core range even after the restyling. We’re not telling you more about the distillery, one of our favorites, that we’ve visited many times, even just for a quick dram. It’s a full sherry maturation, the colour is a dark copper.

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N:  there’s an aromatic shield quite intense, keeping you away: sofrito and bolognese sauce. Behind this challenging aroma, a crescendo of rich sherried flavours, juicy and creamy: milk chocolate, orange zests, impressive cherry, strawberry jam, Nutella, creme caramel, dried figues… Bold notes of malt make everything even more intense. It becomes drier with time, with toasted and spicy notes.

P: it was great at the nose, it’s exceptional on the palate. And it’s not so common, indeed. A red fruit airstrike (cherry, strawberry and raspberry) and enchanting creamy suggestions of milk chocolate. There’s no sign of that initial “dirty” hint. The sweet, malty notes increase: delicious. Dried figues and caramel.

F:  very intense and incredibly persistent. Red fruits and Glengoyne malt. An intriguing note of flavoured pipe tobacco…

It’s not completely comparable with the “old” 21 yo, but neither it’s totally different. The quality is still very high, and it’s also affordable (around 100 euro for a 21 yo fully matured in sherry casks!). Same and different, so identical vote: 89/100. Thank you to Fabio Ermoli, mustached Italian importer and brand ambassador of Glengoyne.

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