Glengoyne 21 y.o. Review

Glengoyne 21 y.o.Glengoyne_21

43% abv

Score:  83.5/100


The next step along the line in the old (and now obsolete) Glengoyne range.  This was the version from a couple years back (early 2010s, I think), before they snazzed it all up with new packaging and such.  I have tried the newer edition, but only in a festival setting.  Not an ideal venue to assess whisky, of course.  I can say, though, that I was not overly impressed with that one either.

Here we have an ‘interesting’ malt from the Highlands, and one that boasts a very different profile from the younger variants in the range.  Much more pronounced depth of sherry influence.  Emphasis heavily on the ‘much’.  You’ll still find the distillery’s inherent maltiness omnipresent (and almost a distraction), but the swirling depths of ‘dark’ and tangy/sweet notes are quite a game changer.

Having said that…this is still only an ‘ok’ whisky.  Some great individual characteristics, but it never really fires on all cylinders as a cohesive whole.

Nose:  Deep sherry influence.  A little drier and more complex than I expected.  Dusty, mincemeat notes.  Chocolate syrup.  Much cinnamon and a bit of cedar.  Dark breads and sweet molasses raisin cookies.  Neat nose.  Smells younger than 21, I think, but very nice nevertheless.  A mash-up of the spice cupboard and a good cigar.  A squeeze of orange.

Palate:  Maltier than I’d like to see it.  Apples and orange marmalade.  Loud woods now.  Dark chocolate with creamy filling.  Sticky toffee pudding.  Plum skins.  Very drying.  Should be fruitier than it is.

Thoughts:  Nice enough as it is, but this could have been much more impressive at cask strength.  Kinda falls a little flat unfortunately.


– Reviewed by:  Curt

– Photo:  Drink Inform

4 thoughts on “Glengoyne 21 y.o. Review

  1. Collegiate

    From Inverness? If anything, Glengoyne is closest to Glasgow as far as cities go. I will be hiking the West Highland Way this summer and the distillery is right along side of it. I may just have to pop in and check it out!

    1. ATW Post author

      Doh! Good catch. Working two reviews at once and f*cking ’em up apparently. It was Glen Albyn I was meaning for Inverness. THAT review will come tomorrow. Will fix the above one ASAP.

      Thanks for the ‘heads up’.

      If you do pop by the distillery, drop a few lines here to let us know how it is.



  2. Dyland

    I and 2 friends held a private tasting in the early winter, everyone pitched in $20 and we picked this up as the “feature” scotch.

    Everyone really enjoyed this. I personally enjoyed the flavor profile and found the follow through to be spicy and lingering.

    I would definitely pick this up for my collection when I can afford it.

    1. ATW Post author

      The beauty of differing palates. 😉

      Which release did you have? The one pictured above, or the newer botting?


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