If there ever was a distillery that has a debatable region, it is the Glengoyne distillery – depending who you ask. The distillery part of the facility is in the Highlands of Scotland, the warehousing facility is at the Lowlands side of the main road, which splits the two regions geographically. For all sense and purposes, the distillery is categorised as a Highland whisky, if that still has any value these days.
Nose: Sharp and fruity, with fermenting grapes, hints of fish oil and fresh garlic over milk chocolate. A bit odd… as if it has matured in a metal can.
Palate: The palate is much more promising. Sweet with honey and fruity from grape skins and apple skins, some lime zest and milk chocolate upon swallowing.
Finish: The chocolate dissipates rather quick into a medium long and fruity finish with grapes, apple sauce and a little lime zest.
Conclusion: quite sharp and a bit of a strange nose, but the palate and finish make up for that. A splash of water takes the edge off a little, but too much will drown it immediately. Not an immediate favourite.
.this sample was kindly given to us by Drinks by the Dram – they put it in a Christmas Cracker with a Crown and a bad joke, as a proper cracker should.