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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 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 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 12051) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A 12 year old Glengoyne, independently bottled by those wonderful folks over at Douglas Laing! This was distilled in August 2005 and left to age in a hogshead cask for a dozen years until it was…  More info

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 12051) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$61.88

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

Glengoyne 15 Year Old
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$62.59

Glengoyne Cuartillo

100cl, 40%

From the sublime Spirit of Oak range (originally released for the Travel Retail market) comes Cuartillo, another super sherry-aged single malt from Glengoyne which was named after the rural…  More info

Glengoyne Cuartillo
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$62.65

Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter One

70cl, 48%

Here we have Chapter One of Glengoyne's The Legacy Series. This expression celebrates Cochrane Cartwright, Glengoyne’s distillery manager in 1869, who famously introduced sherry casks to Glengoyne.…  More info

Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter One
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$63.66

Glengoyne 14 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.2%

14 year old Glengoyne, distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2015 as part of the Small Batch range by WM Cadenhead, one of the oldest independent whisky bottled in Scotland. 612 bottles were produced.  More info

Glengoyne 14 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 16649) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

12 year old Glengoyne single malt independently bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 2007 and left to mature in a…  More info

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 16649) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$66.07

Glengoyne 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glengoyne 14 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne Balbaína

100cl, 43%

Released for the Travel Retail market, the Glengoyne Balbaína once again shows off the distillery's penchant for sherry-cask-matured deliciousness. With a hearty core of first-fill European-oak…  More info

Glengoyne Balbaína
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$68.35

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 7 Year Old (outturn 863 bottles) - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Glengoyne 7 Year Old (outturn 863 bottles) - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Glengoyne 15 Year Old Distiller's Gold

100cl, 40%

Initially released for Travel Retail, this 15 year old whisky from the excellent Glengoyne distillery in the Highlands (just) of Scotland.  More info

Glengoyne 15 Year Old Distiller's Gold
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$74.06

Glengoyne 18 Year Old 1997 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.1%

An 18 year old Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask from November 1997 to April 2016. It has been independently bottled by Gleann Mór for their A Rare Find range - 243…  More info

Glengoyne 18 Year Old 1997 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Glengoyne 1997 (bottled 2014) (cask 14038) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%

An independently bottled Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a bourbon hogshead from 1997 to 2014. This has been bottled for the 46 Range by Malts of Scotland. 315 bottles were produced.  More info

Glengoyne 1997 (bottled 2014) (cask 14038) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

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 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10922) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

Independent bottled Glengoyne, aged in a refill hogshead for 17 years! This was distilled in September 1997 and set aside until October 2014, when Hunter Laing came along and bottled it up for the…  More info

Glengoyne 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10922) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Glengoyne 21 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.9%

This expression from independent bottler Cadenhead’s Small Batch Series is as beguiling as it is delicious. The whisky making up this Glengoyne single malt came from two hogsheads: one that had…  More info

Glengoyne 21 Year Old 1996 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$86.62

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%

An independent bottling of Glengoyne from Langside's Distiller's Art label, matured in a single refill hogshead from November 1996 to 2016. The outturn was just 82 bottles.  More info

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

Glengoyne Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

70cl, 46%

A no age statement Glengoyne, released as part of the Spirit of Oak collection originally for the Travel Retail market. After a maturation in exceptional European and American oak, the Highland…  More info

Glengoyne Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
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$90.01

Glengoyne 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10302) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glengoyne 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10302) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
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Glengoyne 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10697) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Independently bottled Glengoyne, you say? Oh yes, that's exactly what we've got right here! This rich Highland dram was distilled in September 1997, set aside to mature in a refill hogshead for 17…  More info

Glengoyne 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10697) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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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 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12172) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.2%

A single cask bottling of 19 year old Glengoyne single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their First Editions series. This was distilled in 1996 and set aside to mature in a…  More info

Glengoyne 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12172) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

Glengoyne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10874) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Released in January 2016, this is a Douglas Laing Old Particular bottling of Glengoyne single malt, matured in a single refill hogshead from December 1996 to August 2015.  More info

Glengoyne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10874) - Old Particular (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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