Glengoyne 12 YO, 43 %
The Glengoyne 12 YO is matured in a mix of different casks; 20% 1st fill oloroso sherry cask, 20 % bourbon barrels, and 60 % refill sherry casks.
Nose: Warm and sherried. Warm sand and worn leather. Deep notes of vanilla. Apples with top notes of lime. Malt and warm spices. Perhaps a touch of toasted oak.
Taste: Full-bodied and quite creamy. Black and white pepper figure very prominently upfront. It is also very fruity, as expected. A fine mix of ripe orchard fruits. Toasted oak is hinted at in the background.
Finish: Surprisingly long finish. Deeper notes of caramel now. The apples are still here, now mixed with nuts and rich vanilla ice cream.
Comments: One of the best entry level Scotch whiskies out there.