For many people christmas eve is a really special day but I gotta admit that I don’t really bother. Nevertheless it gets a kinda special ‘taste’ (pun intended) due to our tradition with the self-made advent calendars. And on the 24th of december there is sometimes something special waiting in the little calendar bags. This year I was surprised with the most beautifully packed whisky miniature I ever got. The Glengoyne 21y single cask comes with a nice little wooden box, which adds a noble feeling to the noble drink.
And this is great because without even tasting the drink itself you get something out of the present. But not only does it look great, I also have never tasted a Glengoyne before and it is always nice to braoden your (whisky-)horizon.
You might now want to say “shame on you” depending on your taste. For me this means that I can broaden my whisky knowledge. This is because I always think that whisky is not only about drinking a more expensive alcoholic beverage, but also getting to learn something about Scotland and especially the different whisky regions and the history of the distilleries.
With Glengoyne I’m now back in the Highlands region near Loch Lomond after two Speyside malts (Tomintoul and BenRiach – and well basically Speyside is a part of the Highlands) and the Ledaig from the Ilse of Mull. So what do we know about the Highlands according to whisky? It is the largest region and offers a great range of flavors. For example the well-known Glenmorangie, with its floral citrus fruit notes, is from this region. Special for Glengoyne is, that the distillery is still in family hand which is quite nice from a traditional point of view. The distillery also uses a special kind of barley the so-called Golden Promise which is only used by one other distillery, The Macallan. Last but not least it is said to be the most beautiful distillery in Scotland.
And now my first Glengoyne is a very special one because it is from the limited Single Cask (No. 1321) edition. Yet I have to convince myself that it is okay to open the little bottle and get a taste of the good stuff.