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Glengoyne 21 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Glengoyne 21 Year Old

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Glengoyne 21 Bottling Note

A fabulously sherried single malt from Glengoyne, matured in first fill European oak sherry casks for 21 long years. Its time in the cask has bestowed upon it lovely rich fruity notes with an exceptionally long finish. This fantastic whisky was winner of a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018. Impressive stuff.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Punchy oak, potpourri, cranberries, raspberries, a little malt and figs on the nose.

Palate: Richly sherried. Everything is tangy and spiced - molasses, hot apple cider, Christmas pudding with flaming brandy and a touch of cracked black peppercorns.

Finish: Ends with Oloroso and sweet malt.

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Glengoyne 21 Year Old Reviews

Great flavor, but lacking finish!

Fabulously rich flavor, flat finish. When I first opened this, i poured three drams. One I sipped immediately, the next I added a couple drops of water to and let sit 15 minutes, and did the same with the last one and let it sit over 30 minutes. While the flavors emerged and there was rich sherry on the palate, the finish fell flat every time. Fairly disappointing.

15th October 2020

I hope the next batch is better...

It was enjoyable but not worth the money.
Sherrybomb and great mouthfeel.
There was something really good in there - it tasted like there was some really good old casks in there, and a few not so good casks. Some flavours had difficult presenting themselves... too much going on.. something was off balance. I think this one would be a lot better at higher strenght and with more care when creating/blending the batch.
I felt ripped of with the 43% aswell - Greedy.

28th September 2020

Very good, but in decline?

This is a lovely whisky, no doubt. But I'm still haunted by that traumatic episode in my life when the price jumped by £30 overnight. It also feels less punchy, less substantive now then it did a few years ago.
Is it still value for money? Arguably not. Are there better 21 year old sherried drams out there at this price ? Possibly.

29th July 2020

Slightly underdone!

A very good dram by any stretch of the imagination. What didn't quite work for me (and not that it has to!) is that I felt that the spirit was lacking depth of flavor. Sure the strength was fine and the aroma was magnificent. I think it comes down to the quality of the barley. There was a distinct lack of "maltiness" that should be the defining character of this distillate. I understand that agriculture changes and hence, so do the by-products but, increase it to 46% (un-chill-filtered) please and then we can have another beast altogether to appraise.

16th July 2020

Not as good as hoped

I was expecting a lot but unfortunately didn't find it. A bit too subtle for my liking. Pleasant and would definately enjoy again but if you're looking for rich sherried I think I've been spoilt by GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice.

Now I've tried it everything else comes up short against to the Allardice.

26th April 2020

Didn't live up to expectations

I feel harsh giving this 2.5 stars, only because I'm aware that it might not suit my palate so hard to tell whether it's genuinely bad or I just don't like it.
Tried so hard to like it every time I poured another glass, but every time i was dissapointed and left wanting more.

Balvenie 17 is a far better whisky for a lot less money, but i guess it depends what you like. This is a very rich whisky, which i usually like. It has a strong vibe of Christmas pudding and marzipan, which I don't like. It also has a strong alcoholic nose and taste.

If this sounds like your thing then go for it, you might just love it, definitely not a boring whisky. Personally I'd go for Oban 14 or Balvenie 12 or 17 every time.

6th April 2020

Delicious......enjoyed experience

Too good for me! I bought this on the basis of all the great reviews. I've got to say it was different than i was expecting, although I just think my palate isn't advanced enough to detect all of the flavours. It is quite strong out of the bottle, add a drop of water and it brings out the flavours better. Very rich and chocolatey, think of rich xmas cake and winter spices. I wouldn't buy again at the price of £150 but there is no doubt it's one hell of a whiskey!

18th November 2019

* 19th May Guy - -

To *iterate: I get barbecued fruits and vegetables in this, pineapple, figs, bell peppers. Paprika powder spice. Garlic, would you believe it. Very fruity and very floral. Dry cocoa powder.

- Potpourri, yes. Hot apple cider, yes. Ha!
Lavish elegance.

2nd July 2019

The finest malt Whisky I have ever tasted.

Glengoyne 21 is the finest malt Whisky I have ever tasted. My sister gave me a bottle for Christmas and I have just finished it, a wee dram once in a while when I fancied it.
I shall buy another bottle for special occasions.

13th June 2019

I get a hint of barbecue spice in this, and a slight hint of curry.


19th May 2019

The nose!

This has to be one of the best smelling whiskys I’ve ever had. I spend as much time nosing the glass as I do sipping its contents...outstanding whisky.

5th April 2019

Very good. Not great.

Cola, molassis and dark fruits. Nearing the end of the bottle now and for sure, I'll miss it. But will i go out and buy it again? No...because, while it is interesting....the notes are too subtle, too quiet.

23rd February 2019

Glengoyne 21 year old

Stupidly Good.

28th December 2018


I like it, not my favourite 21 year old but it's good!

26th December 2018

A staple!

One of my favourite staples

5th December 2018

Please notice that the newer Glengoyne 21 is NOT matured in First Fill Sherry Casks!

Please notice that the newer Glengoyne 21 is NOT matured in First Fill Sherry Casks!

4th May 2018


Just opened a bottle yesterday. Absolutely fabulous.

22nd February 2018


Great god, it's good.... noses of sherry and fig. Rich syrup transitioning to long cinnamon finish.... reminds me a lot of Glendronach....

26th January 2018

great mouth feel..Espresso coffee taste next day!

Great mouth feel-punches above its weight similar to a 25 yr old whisky..Mouth feel is almost equal to Chivas Regal 25yr old...Maple syrup on the nose and would score higher except it leave s a ESPRESSO BLACK COFFEE taste in your mouth next day!!

24th December 2017

Glengoyne 21 Year Old

is just great

10th December 2017

A great chocolate sweet smooth tasting whisky

It's a fine Highland malt, toffee caramel smooth flavours are evident in this good 21yr whisky. However coming from a regular Islay malt drinker it holds its own well with the standard 10yr editions but fades alongside octomore, 15yr darkest or 18yr bowmore's, Uigeadail, bunnahabhain 18yr and Dark Cove.

27th November 2017


Simply delicious...all the flavours work in perfect harmony with each other. Creamy and lovely mouthful. If you liked the 18 yr old,you'll love this. Best 21 yr old out there!😎

7th November 2017

The Boss!

A tough competition for any current 25YO in the market.

10th May 2017

Expensive, but worth it!

The 1st Fill Sherry cask really does make this 21yo very special! I had this on my 21st birthday and it was fantastic! :D
Chocolate, the Xmas cake, Coffee roast!
If only this is presented at 46% or higher and unchill filtered.

27th February 2017

Tried hard to like it, but remain disappointed

Mainly on the strength of all the positive reviews I bought a bottle of the Glengoyne 21. Having drunk about a quarter of it I find myself trying and failing to like it as much as I had hoped. To me, the nose is a pleasing combination of sweet sherry and a very promising spiciness that invites you into the first sip, but there is a hint of astringency and I find this sharp, alchoholic overtone to the nose is the flavour that dominates in the mouth.

Over £100 is a lot to pay for a bottle of whisky and I think the buyer is justified in having high expectations at this price point. There's a lot to like about this whisky but I don't think it delivers for the money. Comparing it with others on my shelf, such as the delightfully smooth Old Poultney 21 (for just under £100), and the gorgeous Talisker 18 (a smokier dram, but with plenty of sherry, and all for under £80), I'm afraid this one doesn't make the grade. On taste alone I'd give it three stars, but I bumped it down to two for poor value for money.

23rd February 2017

Cracking 21 Year old don't we all like a nice 21 year old !!

This whiskey is great and at a reasonable price but if you can afford it buy the 25 which in my opinion is 2nd only to Macallan 25 which costs significantly more. The 25 will in time go down as a great, so snap it now before the prices goes up and up but as a every week treat the 21 year old as a pleasure to drink. Enjoy

18th December 2016


Right now you can buy this at $125.00 USD in a lot of places; and its 750ml. This is better than the Macallan 18 hands down. I've got a meager collection of 32 bottles, and this is by far the best whisky I've had to date. I'd recommend this as a Gift, I would recommend this to first time whisky drinkers, I'd recommend this as something to stock up on. What more could anyone possibly say at this time? Rating? 94/100 this is one those #elitistwhiskydrinkers

18th November 2016

What the hell is this

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

Rarefied Air

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

Perfect & Best 21yrs SMW for such reasonable price

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

The best!

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

Up with the best

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

Unique, worth the extra money

This is a smooth, exceptional whisky and is a unique treat. Highly recommended!

25th December 2015

Mr Andersson

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

Good, a touch sulphured

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

Very similar to 25 year old

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.

7th October 2014

Favorite So Far

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

Possilpark Born Scot

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

Glengoyne fan

A real sherry monster.
One of the best whisky's I've ever tasted.
Right up my street

26th October 2013

North Carolina Single Malt Lover

True single malt lovers will agree that Glengoyne 21 will always stand as the special sipping single malt of this century!

21st August 2013

Christmas spices in a fruit cobbler

Pitted fruits and gingery spices, marvelously married. Smooth yet complex.

4th August 2013

Mack in San Diego

Not to my taste

29th June 2013

first fill sherry! WOW

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.

3rd December 2012


...17y is good,but this one is worth the extra money! WONDERFUL!

19th March 2011

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