Translation: Valley of the wild geese
Region: (Southern) Highlands
How to manage to lie in the Highlands AND the Lowlands.
First of all, Glengoyne is officially counted among the Highland distilleries. And that has its justification. But it could hardly be shorter. Because: The border between Highlands and Lowlands, a road called "West Highland Way", runs through the distillery ground. The Brennhaus with the stills is located on the Highland side, the warehouses across the street in the Lowlands. The whiskey should not matter though.
A little history
The distillery has had different names throughout its life, and the real origins of the burning in this place are not clear. For distilling has been done here for over 200 years. But at first rather unofficial, that is: illegal.
In 1833, the distillery was licensed under the name "Burnfoot" for the first time. The owner at the time was George Connell.
Glasgow-based Lang Brothers bought the distillery in 1876 and renamed it Glen Guin. In 1905 the name was changed to Glengoyne.
In 1965 Robertson & Baxter took over the Lang Brothers, the distillery was extensively renovated and expanded.
In 2003, Glengoyne went to Ian Macleod Distillers Limited, which still owns the distillery. This Glengoyne is now one of the few independent Scottish family distilleries.
What do I actually have in the glass?
Glengoyne is very traditional. The distillery is next to Macallan, the only distillery in which the old, highly praised, but low-yielding variety "Golden Promise" is used. In addition, only undetached malt is used The malts of Glengoyne, which predominantly mature in sherry barrel, are very soft and gentle, slightly sweet, and "unusable". Those who work intensively with them discover a wealth of aromas, from fruit notes to spices from the Christmas bakery.
3 reasons to love Glengoyne
1) Because whiskey enjoyment knows no boundaries.
2) Because Glengoyne is so pleasantly old-fashioned.
3) Because it can be really interesting in the glass without peat.
The one drama for the lonely island
The 18-year-old Destillerie bottling is a dream of a soft, aromatic, multi-layered Highland Malt.
numbers and facts
Address: Dumgoyne by Killearn, Glasgow, G63 9LB
Founded: 1833 by George Connell
Owner: Ian McLeod Distillers Ltd.
Capacity: about 1,000,000 liters
1 wash still (16.520 l)
2 spirit stills (5,000 l)
Water: Blairgar Burn
Visitor Center: Yes
Telephone: +44 (0) 1360/550254