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Glengoyne

The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery burn, as it is known, tumbles down the Dumgoyne Hill providing water for the 1.1 million litre capacity whisky distillery. In the past, the woodlands and undulations which covered the surrounding area gave superb shelter for the illegitimate distillations that were brought about by heavy spirit taxation. During the early 19th century, it is rumoured, there were as many as eighteen illicit Stills in the area. The whisky that came from these Stills was taken to the local blacksmith, who filled earthenware pots with the rough, wild spirit and employed local girls to walk the 14 miles to Glasgow with the whisky concealed beneath their hooped skirts. The dense woodland once provided shelter for Rob Roy MacGregor who secreted himself in a little hollow when pursued by the English army.

In 1833, the local farmer, George Connell was granted the license to legally produce whisky in the area. He founded the Burnfoot Distillery, which became Glenguin Distillery in 1861, then, in 1906, became Glengoyne. The previous owners Lang Brothers were acquired by Robertson and Baxter. The distillery was renovated and a further still was installed. In 1984, Lang Brothers received a Royal Warrant, having supplied whisky to the Queen Mother. In April of 2003, Ian MacLeod acquired Lang's blended products and the Glengoyne distillery from the Edrington Group for £7.2 million.

The water is unpeated and the malt used is similarly devoid of peat. Glengoyne is one of several such whiskies in Scotland, but is the one that has made the biggest virtue of it. Glengoyne enjoys the slowest rate of distillation in Scotland (the spirit comes from the Still at around 4-5 litres per minute) which encourages the formation of ‘esters’ giving Glengoyne its characteristically sweet, smooth taste. The spirit is then matured in oak casks from Spain, which have previously contained Sherry. Ian Macleod Distillers look after this whole process. Once felled, the oak is cut into strips and dried in the sunshine of northern Spain for two years before being made into casks and filled with the Dry Oloroso Sherry for a further two years.

The little huddle of distillery buildings is still under Ian Macleod proprietorship and there have been many official releases, though independent bottlings are rather rare. The distillery operates a visitor centre which offers the widest range of visits in Scotland, including Master Classes, Blending Sessions and the opportunity to taste samples from the cask and help Glengoyne select the first ever Distillery Exclusive Single Cask release.

Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

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About Glengoyne Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01360 550254

Distillery Capacity

1 100 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1833

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Dumgoyne by Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB

Distillery Owner

Ian Macleod Distillers

Distillery Address

Old Killearn, Dumgoyne, Stirlingshire

Distillery Website

www.glengoyne.com

1833

The distillery is licensed under the name Burnfoot Distilleries by the Edmonstone family.

1851

George Connell is replaced as licensee

1867

Archibald C. McLelland takes over.

1876

Lang Brothers buys the distillery and changes the name to Glenguin.

1905

The name changes to Glengoyne.

1910

Own floor maltings ceases.

1965

– Robertson & Baxter takes over Lang Brothers and the distillery is refurbished.

2001

Glengoyne Scottish Oak Finish (16 years old) is launched as the first single malt stored in Scottish oak casks.

2003

Ian MacLeod Distillers Ltd buys the distillery plus the brand Langs from the Edrington Group for £7.2 million.

2004

A 12 year old cask strength is released.

2005

Relaunch of Scottish Oak Finish (15 years old). Limited editions of a 19 year old, a 32 year old and a 37 year old cask strength are launched.

2006

Nine “choices” from Stillmen, Mashmen and Manager are released. The 10 and 17 year olds are relaunched.

2007

A new version of the 21 year old, two Warehousemen´s Choice, Vintage 1972 and two single casks are released.

2008

A 16 year old shiraz cask finish and a 40 year old are released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Glengoyne 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A soft, sweet 10 year old single malt from the Glengoyne distillery and a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info
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$43.99
A lovely, gentle Highland dram. This 10 year old was awarded a Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2007. It even comes with a cigar hold to keep those stogies safe.  More info
$79.93
Glengoyne 12 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Completely unpeated (unusual in the highlands), this Glengoyne is soft, fruity and very quaffable. A fine single malt!  More info
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$58.69
A release of just 307 bottles on single cask Glengoyne. This was distilled in September 1997 and aged for 14 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in...  More info
$92.97
Glengoyne 15 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Glengoyne's new 15 year old is a rich, rounded single malt, completely devoid of peat smoke thanks to air-drying the barley. It is aged in both bourbon and first-fill sherry casks, with some refill...  More info
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$71.39
A fresh, fruit-forward single malt from the Glengoyne distillery, bottled by Hunter Laing. For 16 years, the whisky matured in a refill hogshead from September 1997 to February 2014, when it was...  More info
$130.61
Glengoyne 18 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Released toward the end of 2012 to replace the superb Glengoyne 17, this 18 year old was aged in refill sherry and first-fill sherry casks and the results are very good indeed.  More info
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$99.39
Glengoyne 25 Year Old
(70cl, 48%)
Introduced in early 2014, this is a 25 year old single malt from the Glengoyne distillery - an addition to their core range. The Highlands distillery uses unpeated malt for this whisky, which is then...  More info
$373.25
A collectible bottling of 1968 vintage Glengoyne Highland single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Vintage Reserve series. It was made with unpeated malt and distilled in 1968, before...  More info
$547.25
A limited edition bottling of Glengoyne single malt, which was distilled in the 1970s! It was matured for 35 years in Sherry casks, giving it some classic dark-chocolate-and-raisin Sherried notes...  More info
$4153.69
A glorious Glengoyne, bottled at 7 years old by indie bottling masters Douglas Laing. Bags of peach, caramel and malt notes throughout this well-presented treat of a single malt. It comes in a...  More info
$103.32
The third batch of Glengoyne's cracking Cask Strength single malt Scotch whisky weighs in at a sturdy 58.2% ABV. As ever, you'll be treated to an intense, Sherried flavour profile with this dram...  More info
$89.06
A collectible version of Glengoyne's classic 10 year old, launched especially for Christmas 2011. This "Art of Glengoyne" special edition comes with a tin emblazoned with a handsome painting of the...  More info
$50.46
A single cask from the Glengoyne distillery. Distilled in Autumn 1999 and matured for 10 years in refill hogshead number 5737 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Provenance range in the Winter of...  More info
This twelve year old Glengoyne was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles...  More info
This was distilled at the Glengoyne distillery in Winter 1999 before a 12 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Autumn 2012...  More info
$64.09
A 12 year old Glengoyne distilled in Winter 1999, this was aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in 2011 for Douglas Laing's Provenance range.  More info
$62.81
The 12 year old from Glengoyne was released in September 2004. This single malt won a Double Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  More info
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This was distilled at the Glengoyne distillery in December of 1996. It was aged for 13 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in January of 2010. A release of 311 bottles from the Old Malt...  More info
$85.24
A rich Speyside whisky distilled at Glengoyne in 1999 before bottling by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range in 2013.  More info
$66.00
Single cask No. 1083, an outturn of just 693 bottles, selected by James 'Jim' Leslie, a mashman at the Glengoyne distillery.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$139.50
This is an absolute gem; you need this in your lives. This 16 year old was finished in casks from the Glenguin estate in Australia's Hunter Valley. Lord Robin Tedder established the winery in 1988...  More info
$117.04
Glengoyne 17 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A multi-award winning whisky from Glengoyne, this 17 year old won a Double Gold at the 2003 and 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition as well as Gold medals at the International Spirits...  More info
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This Glengoyne is a limited release of 576 bottles from cask no. 1464, distilled in 1984 and bottled in May of 2004 at cask strength.  More info
$197.26
This Summer distillation from Glengoyne is part of a limited release of 632 bottles from cask number 629, distilled on 27th May 1985 and bottled at cask strength in August 2006.  More info
$188.43
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