Whisky Review – Glengoyne 8 y/o 2007 (cask 10718) – Provenance, Douglas Laing
A couple of weeks ago we reviewed the Glengyone 12 y/o and found that we quite like the floral notes and creamy texture. So we were pleasantly surprised when we found another Glengoyne dram behind a door in our advent calendar! Independently bottled by Douglas Laing, this dram was released in 2015 as part of their Provenance range.
Glengoyne Distillery …
The Glengoyne Distillery is the most Southern distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Founded in 1833, they lay claim to the longest distillation process of any Scotch whisky, and produce a core-range of a number of age statements.
They believe patience is the key to good whisky making, opting to allow their barely to air-dry instead of using the common practice of burning peat. Their cask preparation is equally as time consuming requiring six years before they are deemed ready to mature Glengoyne whisky.
Douglas Laing …
Founded in 1948, Douglas Laing are a family owned independent Scotch whisky distiller, blender, and bottler. They abide by the philosophy of presenting whisky “as the Distillery intended” and bottle their whisky “as natural as it gets” – something which speaks to many whisky fans!
The ‘Provenance’ range is part of the Douglas Laing ‘Exceptional Single Casks’ selection, and is designed to deliver “an accessible yet outstanding introduction to the world of Single Cask Scotch Whisky”. They are typically bottled between seven and 14 years old.
Tasting Notes …
Glengoyne 8 y/o 2007 (cask 10718) – Provenance, Douglas Laing – 46% ABV
Distilled in 2007 and released in 2015, this whisky spent eight years in a refill hogshead. A part of the seasonal Douglas Laing Provenance line, finding pricing information has been tricky!
Nose: buttered American pancakes, creamy porridge, lemon zest, pear cider, Bakewell tart, light dried fruits
Palate: quite thin, lots of butter, very fresh, floral blossom
Finish: dark coco powder, quite bitter, toffee sauce, cinder toffee, black peppercorn – relatively long finish
A smooth dram. This feels like it would be a good summer whisky with the fruity and floral notes.
Released in 2015 we are not entirely sure how we ended up with a sample of this. Not one we originally chose for our advent calendar, it was a last minute replacement, and honestly the sample looked like it had been founded at the back of the cupboard! An interesting dram, we’re keeping our eyes open for more samples of Glengoyne whisky – a family member recently dropped of a Glengoyne 10 y/o for us to try.
Do you have a favourite highland whisky we should try? Let us know in the comments below.