If you enter into our apartment, you first notice that we have lots of bookshelves. My wife’s still have room on them, and my smaller ones are packed to the brim.
As you venture into the main living room, you’ll notice the shelves that have the whisky. Bulging out, the samples take up a few rows, the glasses a few more, and the bottles. On top of it are what some would call the prizes.
These are the whiskies that comes in special containers. They rest up there beside Doctor Who figurines, a Bioshock mask, a brandy from Vieni, and the ashes of a dead cat. The whiskies are interlopers upon a space they were never meant to be.
Why? Because of special edition boxes that contain them. That brings us to Glengoyne 25, which rests in the middle of these three bottles.
Arran 21 stares from another shelf, it also an interloper, but that’s a giant review for another day.
Glengoyne 25 is aged in ex-sherry casks. It’s the matriarch at the top of the Glengoyne standard offerings, boasting from the bottle of the natural colour.
Which is then jammed into a giant wooden box.
But enough about my annoyance at the box. The dram is where it’s at. Not to be mixed up with the Travel Exclusive, which is 2% less, or the old 26 year old, which was cask strength. This sits somewhere in between.
Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 7.5YR 4/8
Nose: Cherrywood, molasses, lemoncello, cloves, Chinese sweet buns, raisin
Obvious sherried dram is obvious.
Wait, is that joke still a thing?
Well developed notes here. It’s at that complex stage where there’s few simple flavours (cloves, raisins) and more complex, intertwined ones (Chinese sweet buns, cherrywood). It could be strong, or more complex though. Takes some time to pull out the different elements.
Taste: Papaya, raisin, Chelsea buns, caramel apple, white chocolate, blackberry, cashew
This is more like it. Light fruit, big brown sugar notes, lots of caramel and stone fruit pairings.
The nice part about this is while it does that “crazy amount of flavours” thing, it still pairs them together. It’s nutty and fruity and has sweet bread elements. Not for those who don’t like sweets.
Finish: Caramelized pear, brine, lime zest, peanut, wood, peach
And the finish reminds me of the nose. I’d be lying if I was saying I’m not disappointed, as I enjoyed the taste much more. There’s less nuttiness, more burnt sugar, and some wood notes here. It’s a calm finish.
Conclusion: This is a nice dram to have, and certainly is made for the people who like an older, somewhat complex, and smooth dram. It’s nice, but not mind blowing. I think they made the 21 for whisky nerds, and this one for other people.
That isn’t to say this is bad. More so I think it plays everything really safe. It’s slightly better than the 21. It’s not brash, it’s not out there. It works a good life, raises a good kid, and retires at 65, all while maybe fucking the economy by accident.
I guess the best way I can say this is to sum it up: Johnnie Walker Blue wishes that it was this dram. Someone could pour this for anyone and they would enjoy it and find it interesting.
Too bad I have no room for the box…
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