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Winner of a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2005, a single malt from Glengoyne matured in first fill European oak sherry casks for 21 years.
Nose: Oak, barley, red fruits.
Palate: Barley and oak, possibly erring on the side of too much oak. Winter spice, cider.
Finish: Oak, barley.
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On the nose you can expect the sourness of the red berries mixed with a hint of liquorice, oak and a whole shelf of mixed dried fruits. The palate is a mirror of the nose.. sweet, rich, thick and complex balance between all the notes above.The finish is eternal and keep changing through the minutes.. maple syrup, dried cranberries and dies on a note of warm Christmas mince pie. This scotch is elegant and well crafted.. With what it can offer, there's no point in bashing the chill filtration aspect of it. If you see such bottle buy it.. It's worth every damn pennies.
11th October 2016
For those who prefer the Highland style of whisky, you will find that this 21 yr. old scotch is one terrific bargain. I bought this 21 because most other 21's are much more expensive or more difficult to find. I also bought the Glendronach 21 at the same time. Most of us are aware that everybody's palate is different, but nevertheless there are standards to go by and measure against. The Glengoyne 21 is a star no matter how you measure it. It easily compares with other much more expensive brands. The best I have ever tasted is a Macallan 25, but this whisky satisfies most of us mortals. The smooth yet intensely flavorful quality is beyond what most 21's offer. It is a serious, well balanced, slightly fruity whisky that can stand up to some 25's. It is quickly becoming my go to drink alongside the Glenmorangie Signet. The GlenDronach 21 pales by comparison, unless you prefer a smooth slightly sweet dram. I like my chosen drink to have some soul and backbone, like this one. There are some who underwhelm and underdeliver, this one over-delivers.
30th September 2016
Good, but I like the 18 better.
5th May 2016
The first sip went into my mouth was completely Heaven! Nothing further to ask for on such full sherry cask Highland Single Malt Whiskey! No need to think further. Just grab one bottle please!
25th March 2016
I've tried several different malts from the Glengoyne distillery & decided to treat myself to the 21 year old for Christmas. Wow! I really don't know what else to say. Beautifully smooth, highly flavoured & definitely one bottle that I would highly recommend anyone who really appreciates good whisky invest in. You won't be disappointed.
11th March 2016
The Glengoyne 18 being our whisky club's whisky of the year, we splashed out on a 21 for Xmas. Wonderful! Very smooth with depth to rival Barry White's bassitone, with notes of just about everything. "...possibly erring on the side of too much oak..."!? What's wrong with you people!?
31st January 2016
This is a smooth, exceptional whisky and is a unique treat. Highly recommended!
25th December 2015
Real good stuff for this Money.
15th July 2015
Smooth, deep, long and way too easy to drink, a great alternative to a Macallan 18/21. I'll give it 96/100!
27th March 2015
The color is intense for being only 21 years and at natural color. Definitely has the hallmarks of a big sherry whisky with the dark fruits. I will put this as a slight word of warning: I am picking up very faint hints of sulphur in this release. The whisky is very drinkable, but for those sensitive to sulphured whiskies be a little cautious here.
23rd November 2014
I've just finished a bottle of this and I have to say that it is very close to the 25 year old, it has the same intense depth and deep sherried flavour, deep red fruits and spice. The 25 year old is bigger, better balanced and a more expansive taste, the nose is fruitier but this is a very fine whisky. I love Glengoyne whiskies and the 25 is about the best I've ever experienced but this 21 year old is firmly up there on the top shelf, way above the 18 and 15 which are great but obviously much younger and less complex. For the price the 21 is a bit of a bargain, especially when you consider what other distilleries are charging for their nice but inferior malts.SM
7th October 2014
Tried a few new scotches last night. First was the Tomatin 12, then Lismore 21, then this delightful dram. While for the price I enjoyed the Tomatin ($32), it was a bit on the sweet side with the sherry being masked by an abundance of butterscotch and pear until I returned to it later. The Lismore was a complete letdown for my first 21 year, lacking depth and complexity I so desired with more smokiness than I care for. After letting the Glengoyne breathe a bit my companion and I finally nosed it... for about 15 minutes straight. I had found what I craved, a dram that invited my nose into the glass for deep breath after deep breath. The barley notes come through very true, attributed to their abandonment of peat and replacing it with dry warm air instead. Dark fruit plays in the nose, changing from black cherry to plum to date, with a hazelnut or walnut (depending on the nosing) to back it up nicely. The sherry comes through with a perfect balance in my opinion, not too strong but lets you know it's there. After nosing quite some time, the crystal was tilted back for the first taste. Many of the same characteristics as the nose, the sherry touched my tongue lightly with a nice warmth but no burn, with the fruits coming in on the finish that carried quite some time. Let this one sit, it takes at least a minute for all the complexities of the finish to hit your palate with the dark fruits and slight nutty roundness. At this point it comes back up, giving a new warmth with a ever so subtle dash of cinnamon and the cherry returns a bit. This is the dreamy dram I've been searching for, and as Glengoynes motto states, it was "worth the wait". If you DON'T like heavy peaty islay malts, but prefer a masterfully crafted dram where each step is meticulously and slowly completed (longest distillation process of any scotch and they take 5-6 years prepping the casks), this dram should call for you. Refined, complex, and deep I shall be returning to this new friends again and again. Cheers :)
16th May 2014
The Glengoyne 21y/o is by far the best Scotch whisky available today for the price. It is complex and tasty. There just aren't enough "O's" in SMOOTH to describe a dram of this treat. Knowing the lads that make this whisky treasure, all their love and talent comes through in giant terms. Who needs loads of smoke and peat? Give me true malt done well. Highland cognac it is.
7th April 2014
A real sherry monster.One of the best whisky's I've ever tasted.Right up my street
26th October 2013
True single malt lovers will agree that Glengoyne 21 will always stand as the special sipping single malt of this century!
21st August 2013
Pitted fruits and gingery spices, marvelously married. Smooth yet complex.
4th August 2013
Not to my taste
29th June 2013
Matured in sherry for all of it's life. That's rare and delicious
24th February 2013
I read a review saying that the 17 year old was better and that I should ignore the 21-year old. Having tasted it I can only say that that review was wrong. The 21-year old is too different to compare.The 17-year old is smooth and easy to drink.The 21-year old is a lot more warm and complex, a bit too much oak and a bit dry, but if you like that, then it is perfect./Joakim
3rd December 2012
...17y is good,but this one is worth the extra money! WONDERFUL!
19th March 2011