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Glengoyne 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Glengoyne 12 Year Old

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Glengoyne 12 Year Old Bottling Note

Completely unpeated (unusual in the highlands), this Glengoyne is soft, fruity and very quaffable. A fine single malt!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Toffee apples, a little acacia honey, nectarine in syrup and spice, supported by toasted barley in the background.

Palate: Over-ripe grapes, honeyed with hints of vanilla, coconut milk and oak spice. Light touches of chocolate ice-cream.

Finish: Long, oily finish with lingering coffee notes.

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Glengoyne 12 Year Old Reviews

A lovely half.

Had the 10 previously and think the 12 just has the edge, lovely nose and palate, and I’m slightly bias here as it’s my local distillery!

22nd November 2020


Unremarkable. Average whisky with no bite or subtle aftertaste

24th October 2020


Been looking at trying this distillery for a while and went for the 12 base on other reviews here suggesting its the one to go for. Not dissapointed. Fruity sweetness followed by honey on the nose and palate. Totally get the oily mothfeel but not in a clogging way, more of a lighter luxury texture. Finishes with peppery spice into smooth coffe. Didnt get the coconut but have the ret of the bottle to enjoy finding it. Well worth the price tag.

19th October 2020

Favourite dram

First tried this at the distillary in 2015. Surprised to find that I prefered the 12YO over the 18YO. Very difficult to find where I live (even finding the 10YO is a rarity). My favourite dram!

23rd September 2020

nice sherried whisky and fairly smooth

Very decent dram the 12. nice sherried whisky and fairly smooth up front.. has a long finish with pepper and an oily mouthfeel. this is quite rich as well.
first tried this on a tour and i have to say all their efforts were very good, the older needless to say were better.

24th June 2020

12yr old glengoyne

It’s all subjective. I find 10yr a bit light and the 18yr too harsh. I love the 12yr old. Been on the distillery tour too. What a place! Awesome!!
I was always an advocate of the Peaty islay whisky this 12yr old Glengoyne has converted me. Give it a try

15th May 2020

Not bad

Personally I prefer the 10 year old better than this. Felt it was harsh and the taste just wasn't as good. But thats my opinion. Its still a nice whiskey with flavour but I don't think il be buying a bottle anytime soon because feel the 10 is better value.

22nd March 2020

Absolutely fabulous in every way!!

Glengoyne 12 year old is just the best whisky I've ever tasted. I agree with the 'Chaps at Master of Malt' on their tasting note, but I especially like the very different after effect of my wee dram. It raises my spirits in a way that no other alcoholic drink does. I absolutely love it. Good job I'm not rich enough to drink too much of it. It's certainly one to have in the cupboard for those days when spirits need to be raised.

27th February 2020

Coconut Island

By living in Indonesia , we are very close with coconut in our daily life...Very noticeable from the nose to finish... (with some toffee and vanilla in between)
Soft, smooth, easy drink, I’m imagining dancing with chill house music on a seaside bar somewhere in Bali... 😄
The downside is only the finish, which I feel very short.

21st February 2020

Buy it

Great balanced whiskey ! Plenty of sherry with out being a.bomb . Only reason ita not a.five is the proof . Its 86 It would be perfect at 100 or so . They do make a cask strength.

15th February 2020

Good, but enjoy the 10yr more.

Normally an Islay whisky drinker but stumbled across the Glengoyne 10 by accident i.e. only tipple available. Immediately liked it so much I ordered a bottle. Nearing the end of the bottle I ordered a 12 yr old. Very nice but I do prefer the 10yr. It is a fresh taste and well rounded and easy drinker but it lacks the sweet after taste of the 10yr. I know this is very subjective and personal. So I do believe you will not waste your money buying it Will try the 15yr next.

14th February 2020

Price makes it more palatable

Seemed excessively oily and sharp towards the finish for me. Decent for the price point, but not in my favorites list.

22nd October 2019

Excellent single malt...especially for the price

Delicious. Nice scotch at a great price point. I got mine for $32 and it’s worth every penny. Smooth, honeyed fruit and a slight bit of spice. Can’t really say any bad about it.

4th May 2019

OK for the price

Good malt for beginners low complexity with spicy medium finish
Decent value and quality for a 12 YO

11th February 2019


Very good

9th February 2019

Decent value but the aftertaste will keep me away

Very nice flavours, and an easy drinker. Not so much a fan of the long lingering aftertaste however

28th November 2018

An amazing whisky at an amazing price

Quite possibly the best single malt you will find at this price point. This 12 year old has so much going for it, it's rich, complex, sweet and spicy with a medium length finish all for $40 US.

1st September 2018

Greatly improved with a splash of the wet stuff.

Rough and harsh without water. With a splash, notes of lemon, clover honey, smooth and a buttery finish.

16th December 2017

There’s a hint if lemon lime love in my mouth. Amazing!

Makes me tingly

29th November 2017

Excellent whisky

Wonderful nose, very complex. Delicious clean flavor, fruity, malty. I love this whisky.

28th October 2017

You don't have to be old to be good enough

One of my favourites. Clean, fresh, continuous, with no lacks, proeminent malt flavour that I love, medium to long finish. It is getting better after a few weeks opened.

19th September 2017

You don't have to be old to be good enough

One of my favourites. Clean, fresh, continuous, with no lacks, proeminent malt flavour that I love, medium to long finish. It is getting better after a few weeks opened.

19th September 2017


Wow this is good. Another lovely surprise in the advent calendar. A beautiful nose of honey and raisins leads to an even better taste and a warming finish. Quality stuff and definitely one for the shopping list

21st December 2016


I have tried the 18 and the 10 year old but found this to be more distinctive. It is lovely neat. Even better with oatcakes and cheese. Well that is my preference. Def in my top 10

6th December 2016

Kaj Lehmann

This is what i think is have done me to a whisky drinking man. Nearly the best 12yo you can get.

21st October 2016

Sp - Beautiful

One of the best 12yr old malts around and definitely my favorite. Made even better with dark chocolate (70%)

29th June 2016

Michael Wood

ive been a great fan of Glengoyne for some 10 years. The 12 yr old is my favourite. The sherry cask comes through, and it's clean & fresh. Best neat, although during summer evenings a piece of ice (small) chills it and it's so sweet and smooth.

23rd September 2015

Patrick Early

Bought a bottle at the local Waitrose and plan to go back for another to give to my son on his birthday.
Perfect with clear water.

30th May 2015

£26 well spent!

Picked up a bottle in local Waitrose (end of line apparently). I get the cloves of previous correspondant. Sweet and worth returning for a second glass.

20th May 2015


high sherry matured content I think. also unseated and elements of green apples I'd say

20th May 2015

One of the better 12 y.o Ive tasted in a long time.

Toffee, apples, citrus fruits, vanilla, coconut, a bit of sherry influence in the background.
Easy drinking but in the same time a bit challenging.

27th April 2015

Not bad

Not me normal tipple , but very different tasting , normally I take me dram with a splash of water , this though is better neat. Somebody mentioned butterscotch and I never got that but it has a wee bit of Christmas about it. cloves or cinnamon something like that anyway !

31st October 2014

nothing great

Plain taste, ordinary. Maybe the older bottles are better. Cheap though.

23rd October 2014

Very good

Very decent whisky. It has lovely nose and very fresh taste. One of my favourites in this price range. Better than 15yo IMHO.

21st April 2014

Glengoyne 12

This is a seriously good whisky, it's not the most challenging of whiskies and it might not immediately strike you as a particularly outstanding malt but after a couple of drams you soon learn to appreciate its quality. There's a lot sweetness whilst at the same time incredibly clean & fresh with a good bit of sherry cask influence coming through. It's bursting with complex fruity flavours with a touch of fudge/butterscotch. The palette is every bit as good as the nose, it's so smooth, the flavour coats the mouth and the finish goes on and on, truly wonderful stuff.

16th May 2013

Need another one

Seen the distillery, proved it's fine, bought. A fine whiskey, also for those who don't like whiskey at all... (due to the "smoke") ;-)

14th July 2012

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