Glengoyne 10 y.o. Review

Glengoyne 10 y.o.5307

43% abv

Score:  78/100


Glengoyne.  The Highland Lowland malt.  An oddity in the Scotch whisky world wherein the spirit is produced in the Highlands, but matures in the Lowlands.  This has to do with the fact that Glengoyne straddles the regional boundary, with the distillery on one side and the warehouses on the other.  Fun little claim to fame, I suppose, but at the end of the day it is as incidental to the end product as any other regional appellation leveed on a malt.

Even up till now, many folks put far too much weight on a distillery’s regional nomination.  The simplest way I can point out the flaw in this theory is to ask you to blindly tackle a handful of Speysiders and Highlands together and tell me which are which.  Ain’t gonna happen.

Glengoyne is otherwise a fairly unremarkable whisky.  For a while there, in the mid-2000s, there was a bit of a buzz behind the name as the distillery experienced a bit of a renaissance under Ian MacLeod, but fanfare and rumblings do not a great spirit make, and unfortunately…I find myself still underwhelmed by the brand.  Yes…even in it’s older incarnations.  There are certainly some admirable characteristics in the Glengoyne expressions I’ve tried, but the sum never seems to equate to the parts, and balance is key to a great whisky.

I’m a little behind the times in getting to this review, as I believe it has now been replaced with a 12 year old expression, but such is.  I believe you can still find this one out there.

Oh yeah…One other little tidbit that Glengoyne likes to parlay to its advantage: it is “untainted by peat smoke” (their words, not mine).  Hmmm…so what?  Aren’t a whole whack of others as well?  Not sure why this would be a claim to fame.  And…’untainted’?  Like peat is a flaw?  Ummmm….ok.

Nose:  Caramel and malt heavy.  Creamy and raisiny butter tarts.  Gentle orange and shortcakeptype dessert notes.  Brown sugar.  Smells like a bit of a late bloomer.  Not quite grown up enough to be let loose.  Some mildly peppery, and leathery notes if you search deeper and longer.

Palate:  More sherry influence showing here than on the nose.  Cinnamon and dried fruits.  Slightly bitter nuttiness. Still fairly malty.  Apple.  The grains and oak are still miles apart here.  Both infintitely detectable as individuals and no cohesion yet.  Not a great finish.

Thoughts:  Simple and I suppose pleasant enough for anyone wanting a very entry level dram, but this doesn’t havbe much to keep me coming back.  Rather heavy for a 10 y.o. 43%er, I find, but not in a bad way.  Kinda makes me want to see the size and shape of the stills at Glengoyne.


– Reviewed by:  Curt

– Photo:  Curt

3 thoughts on “Glengoyne 10 y.o. Review

  1. Peter Benkoczki

    Their cask strength expression was one of my love from last year. Especially for the price. 🙂 A lovely sherry monster, which is not too heavy.

    1. Collegiate

      Agreed. The cask strength is a great get for the price. Funny nose on it, but great tasting stuff.

  2. Jeff

    As with Glen Garioch, I like the profile in general (and this particular whisky more than you do), but I’d be interested in trying more substantial expressions. The flannel about “untainted by peat smoke” is probably just pointed at those who claim to be put off by whisky’s “smokiness”- yes, here presented as a flaw for this purpose, but it’s also interesting to turn the “flaw” idea on its head: if not a flaw in whisky, can the peating/smoke levels in most whiskies honestly be assessed as a benefit, or aren’t claims of “peatiness” for a lot of whiskies just advertising fluff from another angle?


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