I reviewed the Glengoyne 10 on this blog in the (very popular) post on still shapes and distillation speed, mentioning the effect of the slow distillation process on the Glengoyne new make and finished spirit. You can reach that post here.
This expression is part of a popular class of mass market sherry bomb cask strengt offerings which include the Glendronach Cask Strength (3 batches so far), Glenfarclas 105 (and its 20 year variant), Aberlour a’Bunadh (48 batches) and the Glengoyne Cask Sterngth (the 12 year old is reviewed here, and has now been replaced with an NAS version).
Readers of this blog will not find it surprising that I’m a big fan of transparency, and Glengoyne takes this idea seriously and posts its cask policy for this expression right on its website. This is a practice I’d like to see widespread, and have already expressed these views in regards to NAS expressions. Particularly, this expression is comprised of 20% first fll European oak Oloroso sherry, 10% first fill American Oak Oloroso sherry and 70% refill hogheads and butts.
Glengoyne 12 Years Old Cask Strength (57.2% ABV, NCF)
Color: Bronze with long and slow legs.
Nose: Carmelized sugar, barly malt, maple syrop, hay and open fields, milk chocolate and honey. The addition of water takes the nose to the spicey-peppery regions.
Palate: Very full body, chewey and mouth coating. Orange peel, cloves and cinnamon with overnotes of pepper.
Linger: Shortish and spicy with lots of pepper.
Like the other Cask strength expressions mentioned, this is an enjoyable dram, and at 12 Years with a full disclosure of the cask policy, is the leader of the pack. Sadly, Glengoyne caught a bad case of NAStites, and discontinued the 12 year old Cask Strength replacing it with a NAS version with no cask policy disclosure. That’s a shame, as this would have been a great opportunity for Glengoyne to distinguish their product from its competitiors.