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Glengoyne Distillery

Glengoyne 40 Year Old

    70cl / 45.9%  -  Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The oldest, most valuable whisky ever produced in Glengoyne's 175-year history, this 40yo was distilled in November 1968 and has spent over four decades in a sherry butt before bottling into a beautiful Glencairn crystal decanter. A smash hit at The Whisky Show 2009.

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes by John Hansell (Malt Advocate)

Aged in sherry butts, which is a departure from some of the older Glengoyne vintage samples I currently have which show more American Oak (ex-bourbon) characteristics. This is a very fruity, spicy, textural dram, with spiced apple, red raspberry, strawberry, plum, golden raisin, fried plantain, and crème brulee. Good grip on the finish, with grape stems and warming spice (cinnamon, cracked peppercorn, and clove). I love the balance on this whisky. It has aged very gracefully. (Limited to 250 bottles worldwide.)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94 points

Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

Nose: what strikes first here is the big freshness and the rather magnificent whirls of notes of sultanas, figs, dates and dried bananas. It’s rather less ‘polished and smooth’ than expected, and more nervous and fruity at first nosing. Develops more classically, though, on whiffs of cigar box, dried mushrooms (ceps), wax polish, mint flavoured tea, also earl grey, marzipan and a mildly invading sherry. Hints of crème brûlée topped with fresh ripe strawberries. It’s all superbly balanced but as often with very old whiskies, the verdict should lie on the palate, not on the nose.

Mouth: nervous but less so than on the nose, starting more on heather honey and bananas flambéed as well as a little coconut liqueur. Less sherried than on the nose for sure. Develops on many fresh and dried fruits, figs first, with the oak starting to talk after a few seconds. Liquorice sticks and cinnamon. Finally apple pie (with cinnamon!), plum pudding and just a little apricot and strawberry jam. Extremely lively and fresh after all these years, not an old whisky that you ‘must’ like just because it’s old and ‘decanterised’.

Finish: drier, rather long, with more tannins and cocoa now but nothing drying. Always that fresh fruitiness in the background.

Comments: superb old Glengoyne, very complex and magnificently balanced. SGP:640 - 91 points.

Producer's Tasting Notes

Nose: Oily, red apples, créme brulee, ripe strawberries and cream. World class! 

Palate: Layers of ripe bananas, spiced plums, honey and cereal, dries into grapefruit, then soft oak. Complex. Oily mouth feel. It's a joy to open casks after four decades and find such great balance between cask and still.

Finish: Long, dry and lingering. 


For the first time in its 175 year history, Glengoyne Distillery is releasing its oldest, most valuable and finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky: the Glengoyne 40 Years Old. This remarkable whisky has been a huge favourite with connoisseurs and won the top prize for 'Dram of the Festival' at The Whisky Show 2010.

Glengoyne Distillery

The quintessential expression of Glengoyne's famously unpeated single malt, this natural strength limited edition 40 year-old is displayed in an elegant Glencairn crystal decanter, housed in a solid oak presentation box and accompanied by a traditionally bound book, signed by the Distillery Manager.

Individually numbered, the elegant hand blown decanter is produced by the independent Scottish family business Glencairn Crystal and features an engraving of the award-winning distillery.

Glengoyne 40 Year Old



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