Whisky Focus - Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6 Review

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6

18th May 2018
Glengoyne release the first ever expression in the Cask Strength series that has been 100% matured in sherry oak casks.

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6 is the latest instalment in the southern Highland distillery's popular cask strength series.

The big powerful sherried no age statement Glengoyne Cask Strength series started life back in 2012 when it replaced the Glengoyne 12 year old Cask Strength which was released in 2004.

6 years on and we are now up to Batch 6 and for the first time in the series this latest batch is the the first ever expression in the series that has been 100% matured in sherry oak casks.

I had actually thought that all previous batches had been 100% sherry cask matured but it turns out I was wrong to think this. I asked Glengoyne if this was a a change in direction for the Cask Strength series and going forward will future batches be 100% sherry cask matured?

Glengoyne told me: "Every batch of Glengoyne Cask Strength varies according to the best casks they have in the warehouse at that time and that is why the cask make up changes by batch. On this occasion, 100% sherry casks was the best route to choose but future batches will change according to which casks have come of age at that time."

Bottled as we like it, un-chillfiltered, naturally coloured and at its natural strength of 59.8% ABV, Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch No. 6 has been created from a combination of first fill European oak sherry casks, American oak sherry butts and refill sherry butts.

Katy Macanna, Brand Manager for Glengoyne, owned by Ian MacLeod Distillers, said: "We are absolutely delighted to introduce Cask Strength No. 6, the first ever exclusively sherry oak-matured expression in the Cask Strength Series. As tradition dictates for the Glengoyne Collection, this single malt has a deep golden colour, created by time and cask alone.

"This most pure of expressions, with its unwavering quality and intense flavours of demerara sugar and gooseberry, imparted from years in sherry oak casks, is sure to delight whisky lovers around the world."

I haven't had the chance to taste it yet but I am intrigued to see what this first 100% sherry cask matured expression in the series is like and I will certainly update you when I get a chance to taste it.

If you fancy a bottle yourself, Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6 has a price tag of around 49 which is not a bad price in comparison to the way the pricing is currently going with some of its rivals such as Aberlour A'Bunadh. You will find Batch 6 available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 6 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Ripe banana, warm baked custard, peppered strawberries, digestive biscuits, soft oak and a short sherbet tingle.

Taste: Thick rosehip syrup, Demerara sugar developing into a spicy, gooseberry dryness. Wonderful balance, nothing dominates. Splash of water brings intensified syrup and green fruits.

Finish: Very long.

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