Old Malt Cask Glengoyne 21yo (54.7%): A single cask from Hunter Laing & Co's Old Malt Cask brand bottled exclusively for K&L Wine Merchants... It is distilled in September 1996 and bottled in June 2018. The refill hogshead in which the whisky spent its entire life yielded only 144 bottles at cask strength.
Color: Pale white wine, hay like with distinctive, oily and very slow legs.
Nose: Orange blossom honey, candle wax and soap bar. Burnt caramel custard, fresh spearmint leaves and hyacinths. A couple drops of water brings up dusty malt, dried lavender and lemon zest. It actually also became very perfumy, walking through Macy's perfume department perfumy. Textbook refill ex-bourbon cask notes... Liking it...
Palate: More green and savory than I expected after the rather fruity and floral nose. Dry soft wood, dandelion leaves, bitter greens and lemon juice. Dried flowers, crunchy oatmeal raisin cookies and dried malt. A little hot at cask strength. Adding water helps... Puff French pastry: Napoleon or eclair; savory pastry with sweet creamy fillings. Toasted oak staves, eucalyptus cough drops and Wintergreen Altoids.
Finish: Medium with fruity and pastry notes but continuous with spearmint and eucalyptus. I almost can expect that cooling effect of a glass of water after this.
Overall: I am an ex-bourbon cask Scotch guy, I am all for older aging in refill casks and on top of all I love ex-bourbon matured Glengoyne spirit. So, there is nothing not to like in this whisky for me but I have to say that it might not be very impressive for you. I am very glad that I have a bottle, I will enjoy drinking every drop of it and it is absolutely mental that K&L is selling this now for $100. Just saying...