Apologies for tardiness today - but a full PC rebuild will do that to the best of us - and always tends to come at the least helpful moment. Grrrr. Anyhow, back to the business at hand...Boutique-y’s first batch of Glengoyne was bottled back in 2018 (looks like there’s been four more since). The label highlights two aspects (no doubt there’s more that I’ve missed) of the distillery’s location and history in its bottle label cartoon. Firstly, the preponderance of walkers visiting the distillery – which is located on the popular West Highland Way. Secondly, the distillery’s original name of ‘Burnfoot’ – stylised here by the walking contingent having to traipse across a road of hot coals.
Door 16 of the 2021 Boutique-y Advent calendar offers up a dram of this very first batch - which consists of 1,204 bottles drawn from a 2001 1st fill sherry butt and an ABV of 49.1%. It’s still available via Master of Malt for £174.95. Expensive stuff – but the price hasn’t risen over the three years since release - so that’s something I guess.
Both Sorren at OCD Whisky and Brian at Brian's Malt Musings are undertaking the 24 days of Boutique-y this year – so after you’re done here, go check them out for some alternative views.
Nose: Bakery-forward with brioche buns, steamed pudding, gingerbread men and toast. The sherry influence offers unctuousness from honey, golden syrup and light treacle, whilst reduced fruits – figs and dates – provide a solid fruit-driven centre. In the background, floralness from sweet rose (Turkish Delight) alongside burnt toffee and a combination of lacquered and slightly charred wood. Dilution adds creaminess with crème brule and vanilla cream whilst brighter berry fruits (raspberry and redcurrant) push through.
Taste: The arrival is immediately velvety offering some well-judged texture with just the right amount of mouth feel. Chocolate Swiss rolls and gingercake sit with plums, blackcurrants and orange segments whilst toffee apples and chopped walnuts add sweet fruitiness and nuttiness in equal measure. The mid-palate moves towards the cask with waxed tables and polished oak, before green and fruit teas take over in the back palate. Water adds a tinned fruit dimension – a salad of apples, pears and banana peels all preserved in their own juices.
Finish: Long with dusty ginger and nutmeg sitting with fading walnuts and ground chocolate.
This Boutique-y 17 year old Glengoyne is entirely relaxed and well-behaved (unlike my PC was this morning). The sherry is well-integrated and favours patisserie and bakery aromas and flavours – at least until reduced, when some of the natural underlying fruitiness comes to the fore. Entirely pleasant and worryingly quaffable.
This review was originally published in 2019 – it has been lightly updated.