Glengoyne 10 Year Old

Glengoyne are very proud of the fact that they distill their whisky more slowly than anyone else in Scotland. They say it makes for a lighter, smoother dram. The 10 Year Old showcases this pure expression of the spirit – no fancy first-fill casks, just the flavours of the whisky itself.

Immediately attractive, the nose is a sweet, soft mixture of fresh grain and honey, followed by green fruity notes of apples and pears.

Glengoyne 10 Year Old bottleOn the palate there is lemon fruit, which combines with the honey notes to give a suggestion of lemon toffee bon bons (one of my favourite sweets!). There is a little sherry influence from the casks, but very much in the background – Glengoyne 10 Year Old is a whisky which emphasises the fruit and barley flavours over those imparted by the barrels.

With water, Glengoyne 10 is an excellent apéritif. Drunk neat, it's best accompanied by a slice of fruit cake. Or, if you want to push the boat out, it goes very well with afternoon tea, as offered by the nearby 5 Star Cameron House in a tasty twist on the norm.

£30/70cl, widely available from specialist retailers.