Review #7: Glengoyne 10 Year

Glengoyne 10 was an impulse buy. We had heard many good things about the Glengoyne 25 (infinitely more expensive) but for $37, why not start out by trying the core expression? To our delight, it is an excellent value and highly recommended for its price point. It actually might also be our least expensive whisky in our house right now…

 Trying to force our cat into the picture
Trying to force our cat into the picture to get the internet karma
Finally got one. After a lot of scratches and yowls.
Finally got a picture. After a lot of scratches and yowls.

Tasting Notes

Tasted this without water in a Glencairn. I have to admit, the first three times I had this, I didn’t like it at all. But it’s grown on me and I now consider it an everyday post-work relaxation dram.

Nose: Bagels, green apples, and nuts. Vanilla incense.

Taste: At first, I wrote “bread, bread, bread.” Buttered toast, salted caramel, bread pudding, and pancakes. Ends with an apple cinnamon oatmeal note. And then a hint of chocolate and BBQ smoke at the end. Not very hot.

After a few sips, it turns into pure apple cinnamon Quaker oatmeal to me. That’s not a bad thing – I practically ate that every day for a solid 5 to 6 years of my life for breakfast. Voluntarily.


7 out of 10

If it were a SMWS: “Wonderbread”. Tastes like a loaf of soft white bread with a light touch of honey drizzled on it. Not very complicated but delicious to a carb-fiend.

Bought for: $37 at K&L Wines

Guide to our rating system

Additional Information

  • 100% Malted Barley
  • Cask: ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry
  • ABV: 43%

More about Glengoyne:

  • Slogan: “The authentic taste of malt whisky untainted by peat smoke” (they are one of the few Scottish distilleries to not peat their water or their barley). Which probably explains why the whisky comes off so straightforwardly malty and bready.
  • Since the distillery is located in the Highland Line, their whisky is technically distilled in the Highlands and aged in the Lowlands (right across the street)
  • Named Glen Guin for “Valley of Wild Geese”

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