Re: May 2011 - BACK TO BASICS
Early Sunday afternoon here Sean, and I'm following up last night's twosome with...
Glengoyne 12 Year Old Cask Strength - 57.2%
Nose: Overripe pears and apples laced with gingery oak. Some orange zest too.
Palate: Viscous and very fruit laden mouth feel initially. Then the spices and alcohol hit hard. Despite the high strength, the whisky evens out fairly rapidly, permitting the pepper and ginger to play off nicely against notions of nuts and cream.
Now with a drop of water added...
Nose: Pretty much the same except that there's now an additional hint of honey. Furthermore, the orange zest has broadened to include even more citrusy lemon notes. Very clean and fresh overall.
Palate: I sense that typically Glengoyne solid core of barley malt emerging more forcefully now, and occupying center stage as the other nuances fall somewhat to the side. Very clean and quite salivating, all told. The spicy oak then kicks in toward the finish.
Comment: This one never seems to really 'fit in' as a logical stepping stone between the demure, easy drinking 10 Year Old and the more luxurious 17 Year Old. It is, instead, very much its own beast. I could happily alternate between this one and Glenlivet Nàdurra Cask Strength on many a summer evening. As evidence, my current bottle's almost 'toast'.