A pair of Glengoynes.

Today i thought I’d taste a couple of whiskies from Glengoyne distillery, the first will be the 14yo that is exclusive to Marks & Spencer and the second is the 1st batch of the cask strength release from 2012.

Glengoyne 14yo 40% M&S exclusive.photo-1 (2)

This whisky is solely matured in Olorosso casks and is uncoloured and has a lovely golden hue.On the nose there is lemon, creme caramel, hints of oak, a pinch of spices, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It is a very approachable nose which is very open.
On the palate it is soft and buttery and has a great mouthfeel, flame raisins, again some cinnamon and nutmeg, caramac bars and a slight nuttiness.                                         As we head on to the finish there is a slight dryness similar to the skin from walnuts but still with a nice hint of spice and some caramel.
I would happily buy another bottle of this and would happily share a few drams with friends during the course of an evening.

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 1 58.7%

So next up is a sample received from Thomas and Ansgar which is from the 2012 release it is still available in a few places but has been replaced by batch 2 which can be found at  Green Welly Stop.This whisky is a blend of first fill and refill sherry casks, un-chillfiltered and natural colour.  On the nose, buttery, cookie dough, malt, lemon zest, a polished wooden floor and a peppery tingle.                                                                                                       The palate is rich and oily and delivers liquorice, orange peel, cloves, coarse ground black pepper, BBQ’d bananas with a splash of rum, soft gooey toffee and a lovely oakiness.                                                                                                                             The finish is drying with lots of spice.                                                                                  Thanks Ansgar and Thomas for the sample, a great whisky at a good price still only £45 if you look in the right places and i think I will keep an eye out for another Glengoyne to add to the shelf soon.