This is an independent bottler release of Glengoyne spirit. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled after aging for 18 years.
Waxy fruits, vanilla, honey. Light smoke, pepper, some tobacco. Syrupy Dole fruit cocktail syrup. Pears, apples, lightly lactic. Really not what I was expecting at all.
Medium body, no real heat. Sweet cream, bitter pepper, clove. Apples, pears and fig, with light smoke. Good structure over all. Some brine, although light - more mineral-y. This is really weird, and I have to admit that I didnt expect any of these notes with this dram. Very different than Glengoyne that I can get by me.
Long, rich, no heat. Vanilla, pepper, minerals and soapstone. Sweet cream, mild ash.
Wow. This was so very different than I was expecting than when I bought this on FineDrams. I expected an 18 year old syrupy sherry expression, and what I got instead was a delightfully complex, lightly smoky, fruit juice bomb. Really interesting. Of course, if I had heavily researched this before buying, I would have seen that First Editions is an IB, and this would have all made more sense.