Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 06 Review
Back in November 2018 (which deoesn't feel that long ago but was around 3.5 months ago) Barry, from The Whiskyphiles, and I had a really pleasant trip up to Glengoyne distillery for the launch of the latest, Batch 6, of their Teapot dram.
We had organised to do the tour prior to the evening's festivities and we were walked around the distillery, and talked through their range, by Elisabeth (Glengoyne’s Nordic Ambassador). It's not the first time either Barry or I have been around the distillery but it was a refreshing change to chat to Elisabeth as we wandered around the distillery and asked some questions.
After our tour we spent a little time in Glengoynes Visitor Centre, with their typically generous hospitality, with tea and shortbread, and a couple of other drams. We were joined by another couple of early arrivals for the evenings event and spent some real quality time chatting with Duncan McNicoll and Billy Edmiston both now retired but between them having had over 80 years experience at the distillery.
We were regaled with stories of their time as youngsters, how the teapot came about and some other gems of stories about the distillery and the people who have worked their over the years. This short time with these two gents was worth the visit alone, talking to people with this amount of experience is something I would happily do every evening.
The evening then began properly with a short video with Billy and Duncan chatting about the distillery, and a little buffet, followed by chats with more of the current distillery team including the enigmatic Distillery Manager Robbie Hughes who not only made us feel very welcome but was a constant source of quips and interesting stories about his time in the whisky industry.
We then moved over to the New Warehouse No1, the old one is where the distillery shop sits now and was so small in height any barrels had to be fully moved in and out by hand as they couldn't fit a forklift into it, where the launch event would be broadcast live over Facebook.
The new Warehouse No1 is really interesting as it's located in what used to be the old malting areas and is an almost unique perspective as it's located inside the Pagoda which is such a real cathedral of whisky to view.
The dram itself is hugely tasty, and for a sherry avoider like me has none of the notes that normally wold put me off.
Big rich, fruity, milky, chocolatey, coffee, yumminess theres some really huge notes in here and it really is a great dram, so much so I've drank half of the bottle I received already and have purchased another to have after this one has gone.
It's at the top end of value for money, if this bottle breaches the £100 mark it would no longer be good value drinking whisky, so Gelngoyne definitely have some thinking to do before batch 7 comes out.
Available to buy at the distillery or online at the Glengoyne Online Shop
Thanks to Glengoyne for the invite to the event and for the bottle of Glengoyne Teapot Batch 6
Tasting Notes & Details
Really quite fruity first, with a lot of really juicy prunes, and blood orange notes coming first, then light cappuccino and milky coffee notes are joined by a Terrys dark chocolate orange element, before a light hint of ginger loaf and muscovado sugar add some rounded sweetness.
For almost 60% this is perfectly easily drinkable, those blood orange, prune and cappuccino notes are back again, some light bitter fruits in here a touch greengages and dragon fruit, then the ginger loaf is back with a hint of grated ginger adding heat also.
Ginger heat and muscovado sugar sweetness, sits on the palate for a while.
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