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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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A rare 1972 vintage from Glengoyne, packaged in a glass fronted lockable safe. All spirit stills have a brass bound, glass walled container which allows the distiller to analyse the spirit coming off...  More info
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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An old bottling of Glengoyne's excellent 21 year old Highland single malt Scotch whisky aged in first fill European oak sherry casks.  More info
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A rich Speyside whisky distilled at Glengoyne in 1999 before bottling by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range in 2013.  More info
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The very first edition of Glengoyne Cask Strength - launched in 2012 and offering up an intense flavour. This is made by blending first-fill sherry-matured whisky with refill-matured malt.  More info
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