Review – Glengoyne Teapot Dram #5

This was initially tasted as part of a blind sample swap with Greg Dillon and, after finding myself very impressed with it I felt it required its own entry into the Tasting Notes Archive.

Glengoyne Distillery was originally built in 1833 at the western foot of the Campsie Fells. Called Burnfoot Distillery initially it was then changed to Glen Guin and then Glengoyne. It was part of the Edrington group until 2003 when it was sold to Ian Mcleod Distillers for £7.2 million.

Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 5, OB, 59.8%abv, sourced by sample swap, available here (or at the Distillery)

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The nose is slightly nutty, almonds and toffee. Reminiscent of peanut brittle toffee. There is sherry here, alongside an oaky and spiced sharpness. A very mild soapyness emerges with the addition of some water.

The palate continues to be tannic, nutty and a little dry. There are red fruits here along with a gentle woodiness and a slight hint of honey. Water reveals some delicious buttery vanilla and some sultanas.

The finish is long and tannic. The oak and nutty elements remain thought but a butteriness appears alongside some spices, specifically cloves.

The blind tasting drew me to make several conclusions as to the identity of the mystery dram, most notably was that I had made assumptions regarding its age (thinking that it was much older than it really is)

A good example of a light, mellow and very drinkable NAS whisky with a bit of character.