Now on to the youngest core-range expression from Glengoyne(I reviewed their oldest, 21 year old, in an earlier review).
On the nose: Sweet and fruity. Getting sweet raisins, dried apricots, dried bananas, green grapes and a slightly earthy note. Some licoris as well. It’s a bit waxy.. almost like beeswax or scented candles. With water I’m getting more toffee, peanuts and beeswax. It’s almost like sniffing a Snickers bar drenched in alcohol, if that makes sense.
On the palate: Drier than expected. Dusty, cocoa, coffeebeans and portwine. With a drop of water I’m getting a hint of salt. Other than that it just drowned and brought out more bitterness – not the good kind though. The finish is spicy and fruity with bitter chocolate, and wood. Medium length.
This one is best to drink as it is without the addition of water. A smooth and easily drunk malt. I’m not sure, but I don’t think the palate quite lived up to the nose – which I think was really good on this one. It lacked a bit of complexity and livelyness to it.