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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 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)

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1996 (cask 3447) - Scottish Merchants' Choice

70cl, 57.8%

A collectible bottling of 12 year old Glengoyne single malt, distilled in December 1996 and bottled in November 2009 after maturing in a single sherry hogshead. Only 284 bottles were produced, each…  More info

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1996 (cask 3447) - Scottish Merchants' Choice

Glengoyne 10 Year Old Decanter - 1990s

70cl, 40%

Presented in a sleek black ceramic decanter, this here is a 10 year old Glengoyne. It was produced sometime back in the 1990s, back when people still thought the Y2K bug was still a thing. This…  More info

Glengoyne 10 Year Old Decanter - 1990s

Glengoyne 19 Year Old (cask 1921) - Single Cask

70cl, 56.6%

Glengoyne has gone ahead and bottled up a particularly cracking single cask single malt! This is a 19 year old expression, left to age in a European oak sherry butt from July 1998 to January 2018,…  More info

Glengoyne 19 Year Old (cask 1921) - Single Cask

Glengoyne 2000 Millennium Clock

70cl, 51.3%

Released in 2000 to commemorate the turn of the millennium. This is cask strength single malt from the Glengoyne distillery, packaged in a grandfather clock.  More info

Glengoyne 2000 Millennium Clock
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Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1999 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1999 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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