Glengoyne Chapter One 2019

"A friendly, uncomplicated dram to drink when you want to un-hurry. Very appropriate for a distillery that advertises with their unhurried distilling"

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When I think of sherry-matured whisky, Glengoyne is one of the first distilleries that pop up in my head (along with Glenfarclas and Glendronach). Located just north of Glasgow on the border between the highlands and the lowlands, the distillery advertises making a completely smoke-free spirit by drying of the malt is performed using hot air instead of peat. Recently, Glengoyne announced the start of a completely new series of releases called ‘The Legacy” that represent the history of the distillery. Chapter 1, which is matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks and refill casks, celebrates  Cochrane Cartwright who was distillery manager from 1869 and introduced the slow distillation and sherry cask maturation that are now unmistakable connected with the distillery’s character. It was released earlier this month and since it fits perfectly February’s theme, I decided to directly include it in the month’s line-up. Wait, I am not going to be the first one to write about this whisky, right? I mean, that would be against this website policy (since mostly I am the last one in the row).

Nose

My first impression is the rubbery notes, which (fortunately) dissolves fast into rum raisins, prunes-aux-armagnac, vanilla cakes, and a whole plate of different biscuits. Then some soft fudge. No overt sweetness or bitterness, which I find very pleasant. I also get orange sponge, sweet teas (just a general impression), combined with hints of mint chocolate and Turkish delight. Nice balance and very pleasant nose.

Taste

A soft entry, well balanced, and a mix of sponges, vanilla, rum, raisin cakes, tangerines, hints of green tea, and a mix of spices. I would say eastern spices, like cumin, curry, and maybe some caraway. This whisky drinks very easily, I have to be fast with my notes or we’ll have a short description! Soft on the tongue like a marshmallow. A mediate finish with a slight soft tannin dryness with cinnamon powder, cherry wood, dried apricots, and cherries.

Overall

A friendly, uncomplicated dram to drink when you want to un-hurry. Very appropriate for a distillery that advertises with their unhurried distilling, I would say. The combination of first-fill and refill casks worked very well in my opinion, while it has a different taste compared to other releases that I have tried. A good addition to their range and fairly priced (like most of their range). The only minor thing is that we have to wait another year for the next chapter…

What others say

Whiskybase: 88.00 (1 vote)
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
55%
Peat/smoke
0%
  • Sponge
  • Vanilla
  • Raisins
Nose 86.5%
Taste 87%
Balance 87%
Depth 86.5%
Finish 87%
Score