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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 7 Year Old (outturn 276 bottles) - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel series releases are presented in 70cl ceramic decanters, the entire label of which is covered in alliteration and descriptive ditties! This one of filled with 7 year…  More info

Glengoyne 7 Year Old (outturn 276 bottles) - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 13 Year Old 1999 (cask 9517) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A rich Speyside whisky distilled at Glengoyne in 1999 before bottling by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range in 2013.  More info

Glengoyne 13 Year Old 1999 (cask 9517) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1999 (cask 9282) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1999 (cask 9282) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 21 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

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

Glengoyne 21 Year Old (Old Bottling)
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Glengoyne 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10718) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of single malt from the not-often-heard-from Glengoyne distillery, matured in a refill hogshead for 8 years. It was distilled in spring 2007 and bottled in spring 2015 as part of…  More info

Glengoyne 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10718) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 13 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glengoyne 13 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 10 Year Old "Art of Glengoyne"

70cl, 40%

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

Glengoyne 10 Year Old

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

Glengoyne 17 Year Old
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Glengoyne 12 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl, 57.2%

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

Glengoyne 12 Year Old Cask Strength
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Glengoyne 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11001) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky from the Highland region, bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny series. This single malt matured in a refill butt from 2007 to 2015, and has…  More info

Glengoyne 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 11001) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1985 Summer Distillation

70cl, 52.6%

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

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1985 Summer Distillation
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Glengoyne 23 Year Old 1986 Sherry Butt

70cl, 53.6%

A single-cask release from Glengoyne. Comparatively light in colour when compared to some other releases, this superb 23yo exhibits plenty of distillery character.  More info

Glengoyne 23 Year Old 1986 Sherry Butt

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1984 Winter Distillation

70cl, 58.2%

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

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1984 Winter Distillation

Glengoyne 1972 Spring

70cl, 55%

It almost sounds like a song, the spring of '72 is a nutty, fruity single malt from Glengoyne with notes of apples and pears and plenty of almond.  More info

Glengoyne 1972 Spring

Glengoyne 10 Year Old 1999 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 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…  More info

Glengoyne 10 Year Old 1999 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 15 Year Old 1991 Jim's Choice

70cl, 57%

Single cask No. 1083, an outturn of just 693 bottles, selected by James 'Jim' Leslie, a mashman at the Glengoyne distillery.  More info

Glengoyne 15 Year Old 1991 Jim's Choice
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Glengoyne English Merchants' Choice

70cl, 54.6%

A stunning sherry matured Glengoyne, selected by a group of England's whisky retailers. The cask was number 2716, a sherry hogshead. There are just 291 bottles of this incredibly dark whisky, and…  More info

Glengoyne English Merchants' Choice
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Glengoyne 16 Year Old Glenguin Shiraz Finish

70cl, 48%

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

Glengoyne 16 Year Old Glenguin Shiraz Finish
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Glengoyne 1972 Spirit Safe

70cl, 46%

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

Glengoyne 1972 Spirit Safe
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Glengoyne 21 Year Old Spanish Sherry Butt

70cl, 53%

A delicious dram, one of our favourites, it exudes effortless balance and, despite its strength, goes down with the greatest of ease. At 21 years, this single malt from Glengoyne exudes loads of…  More info

Glengoyne 21 Year Old Spanish Sherry Butt

Glengoyne 20 Year Old 1986 Peter's Choice

70cl, 51%

A 20 year old from a single Pedro Ximenez butt, just 603 bottles have been released, selected by the mashman Peter Andrew.  More info

Glengoyne 20 Year Old 1986 Peter's Choice

Glengoyne 1971 (bottled 1998) (cask 4855) - Single Cask

70cl, 56.2%

A rare single cask bottling of 1971 vintage Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, which was bottled back in 1998. Glengoyne often produce well-Sherried expressions, and this single cask whisky looks…  More info

Glengoyne 1971 (bottled 1998) (cask 4855) - Single Cask
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Glengoyne 36 Year Old 1969

70cl, 45.9%

A 36 year old from Glengoyne, distilled in 1969 and matured in a refill sherry hogshead.  More info

Glengoyne 36 Year Old 1969

Glengoyne 19 Year Old Sherry Cask

70cl, 56%

A 19 year old from Glengoyne, matured in a refill sherry hogshead and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Glengoyne 19 Year Old Sherry Cask

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1998 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%

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

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1998 - Old Malt Cask  (Douglas Laing)

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