Malt of the Month: September 2014
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
Glengoyne18 Year OldHighland Single Malt Scotch Whisky £61.45 (was £73.45) Web Exclusive Price Buy Now
Glengoyne 18 Year Old is matured entirely in sherry casks, a high proportion of which are first-fill. Introduced in 2012, it surpasses the popular 17-year-old it replaced – the extra year adding complexity and richness. Full-bodied and rich with notes of walnuts, vanilla and spice, this is a whisky to savour.
Producer's Tasting Notes
- Appearance: Medium gold with a rich glow.
- Nose: Awash with red apple, ripe melon and fresh banana. Heavenly and well rounded, it drifts into hot porridge topped with brown sugar.
- Initial Taste: Full bodied, round and rich. At first macerated fruits, marzipan and walnuts; then warm spices, dry cocoa and lingering Seville marmalade.
- Finish: Long, warm and dry.
- Comments: Remarkable depth. Each glass unveils more layers.
Situated in Dumgoyne near Loch Lomond, Glengoyne Distillery has been quietly producing Highland single malt whisky since 1833. Originally named Burnfoot, it became Glen Guin (Gaelic for Glen of the wild geese) in 1876 and settled on today's name of Glengoyne in 1905.
The distillery has been owned by independent family owned company Ian Macleod Distillers since 2003. All the barley is dried using just warm air, ensuring the whiskies have no smoky notes at all, and the spirit is distilled more-slowly than at any other Scottish distillery.
- A very moorish "dram", not up to the 17-year old but very near to it in flavour and after taste. A whisky I would recommend to friends.
- - LedderJR, 4th September
- My favourite whisky. So smooth.
- - Pete , 4th September
- This whisky is simply stunning - I first tried this at a food fair in London and decided to get a bottle straight away. Given the price, it's not a whisky to be drunk every day, but when you do have a dram, it's velvety smooth, subtle and complex. The maturation in sherry casks also ensure that it has a round and warming finish.
- - Rob, 16th July