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Tasting Glengoyne 9 yo, from the Creative Whisky Company “Exclusive” range

24 April 2011 1,590 views Written by: Gal Granov

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The Creative Whisky Co Ltd specialises in Exclusive, single cask, single malt whiskies. Managed by David Strik, who has a has a passion for whisky, and has been in the business for quite a few years now. Previously he worked as a Co-coordinator and  Journalist for “Whisky Magazine”, in addition for authoring a couple of whisky related books : “The Malt Whisky Guide” and “The Distilleries of Campbeltown”. He also spent time with Scotland’s oldest independent bottler – nosing and selecting hundreds of casks each year prior to opening his own label. TCW features three lines of bottlings: Exclusive malts, Exclusive Casks, and the Exclusive range which consists of Single Cask whiskies bottled at various strengths and predominantly young whiskies ranging from 8 years to 16 years. These casks are picked as easy-drinkers, but still should retain single cask hand picked quality. The next whisky belongs to this “lesser” series. After having liked the Glengoynes , It was interesting to try a fairly young, sherry matured single cask, as this was also my first CWC dram (and not my last, a couple of other tasting notes from other distilleries and cask are coming soon).

Glengoyne 2001 9yo ,  45% ABV

GG_9

Nose : Sweet sherry notes, pralines, dried fruits salad, hint of fresh grass and wet oak.
Palate : starts bitter sweet with  dark chocolate covered raisins and nuts. Quite a few tannins also. The wood effect is noticeable. Not expected from a youngster like this one.
Finish : bitter wood. And dark praline.

Bottom line:

A very enjoyable sherry dram. Not over complex, but as suggested, very communicative and offers a lovely Praline / Chocolate profile with some wood.

Score: 83/100

Thanks to JD for this lovely wee sample.

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