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Glengoyne Distillery

Glengoyne which comes from ‘Glenguin‘ or ‘Glen of the Wild Geese‘.

Glengoyne is a whisky distillery continuously in operation since its founding in 1833 at Dumgoyne, north of Glasgow, Scotland. Glengoyne is unique in producing Highland single malt whisky matured in the Lowlands. Located upon the Highland Line, the division between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, Glengoyne’s stills are in the Highlands while maturing casks of whisky rest across the road in the Lowlands.

Glengoyne is known for the rich and complex sherry character and the use of quality Ex-sherry casks.  The distillation of the Glengoyne stills are the slowest in the industry this is why they have the name:

UNHURRIED SINCE 1833

Glengoyne, along with The Macallan and Bruichladdich, is one of only three distilleries remaining today that uses Golden Promise barley, which is low in yield but high in quality.

Unlike many malt whiskies, Glengoyne does not use peat smoke to dry their barley but instead favours the use of warm air. The clear and bright appearance and distinctive flavour of the Glengoyne single malts are credited to this lack of peat smoke. This rare characteristic is utilised in the marketing of Glengoyne with the use of the promotional slogan “The authentic taste of malt whisky untainted by peat smoke”

  • Owner

    Ian Macleod Distillers

  • Status

    Operational

  • Country

    Scotland

  • Region

    Highland

  • Production type:

    Single Malt

  • Founded

    1833

  • Production yearly

    1.100.000 Liters

History

A distillery has stood on this site since 1833, when the Edmonstone family (the main landowner of the area) began production, passing control to the MacLelland family in the 1850s who, in turn, sold it to the Glasgow-based blender Lang Bros in 1876. It was they who changed the distillery’s original name, Burnfoot, to Glen Guin which was anglicised to Glengoyne in 1905.

It played a vital role within Lang Brothers’ blends [the best known being Supreme] and those of Robertson & Baxter (now Edrington). The latter firm bought Lang Brothers. in 1965.

Single malt bottlings began in the early 1990s, when Glengoyne was sold as ‘the unpeated malt’, while much was also made of the fact that, geographically, the distillery is in the Highlands while its warehouses, directly across the road, are in the Lowlands.

Edrington considered it surplus to its requirements in 2003, selling it to Ian MacLeod for £7.2m. Its new owner has subsequently (and successfully) focused on developing the brand as a single malt and the distillery as a multifunctional tourist destination. It now gets in excess of 50,000 visitors a year.

2014 Glengoyne converted the old barley kiln into a warehouse, complete with a display devoted to their oak casks. Distillery Manager Robbie Hughes coveted this ancient building for its extraordinarily thick walls, stone floor and pagoda roof. It’s the ideal environment to mature a selection of their finest casks. Take the No.1 Warehouse tour for the truly unique experience: They unlock the iron gates, and you can sample and bottle the whisky straight from the cask.

On 17th of November 2020 Glengoyne released their oldest single malt whisky ever, The Glengoyne 50 year old single malt  

“We stay true to the spirit of Glengoyne: 100% family-owned. 100% Scottish. And 100% free to do things our way.”
Leonard Russel
Managing Director

Distillery Facts

Taste profile

Old bottles and packaging
New bottles and packaging

New packaging 2020

Glengoyne launched their new packaging this year with the new iconic logo and bottle and packaging design.

The new slick logo with the famous gouse still symbolise the name of the distillery but also the clock that symbolise the time the distillery take to slowly distill there spirit. 

This style will be on all the bottles Glengoyne release and we can enjoy it for years to come. 

This will also mean that in time the older packaging and bottles will disappear from the shelfs and will be collectables.

 

100% RECYCLABLE AND LOCALLY SOURCED PACKAGING

The Glengoyne Collection move to 100% recyclable and locally sourced packaging has been two years in the planning, with the extra time taken to ensure that we made positive steps forward in their sustainability journey.

Local sourcing also is incredibly important to them,  and most of the material used in their packaging originates from Scotland, in many cases right next to their distillery. The only exception is their corks and capsules which come from Europe. To top it all off, they removed all plastic, metal and magnets from their packaging; this marks another milestone in their long-standing commitment to sustainability and the future.

Read more about their new packaging here

Core range 

At this point Glengoyne’s core range is: 

  • 10 year old 
  • 12 year old
  • 18 year old
  • 21 year old
  • 25 year old
  • 30 year old
  • 50 year old

Legacy series:

  • Chapter one
  • Chapter two
  • Chapter three

Teapot dram:

  • Teapot dram 1, 2011 batch 001
  • Teapot dram 2, 2013 batch 002
  • Teapot dram 3, 2014 batch 003
  • Teapot dram 4, 2015 batch 004
  • Teapot dram 5, 2016 batch 005
  • Teapot dram 6, 2018 batch 006
  • Teapot dram 7, 2019 batch 007

Travel retail bottles:

  • Cuartillo
  • Balbaina
  • Pedro Ximenez cask finish
  • 28 year old

Cask Strength:

  • 2013 cask strength batch 001
  • 2013 cask strength batch 002
  • 2014 cask strength batch 003
  • 2015 cask strength batch 004
  • 2017 cask strength batch 005
  • 2018 cask strength batch 006
  • 2019 cask strength batch 007
  • 2020 cask strength batch 008

Archive bottles: 

  • 40 year old

  • Single cask range 1968 -2010
  • 26 year old

  • 17 year old

  • 15 year old single cask

  • 14 year old single cask 1993 American oak sherry hogshead

  • 13 year old Single cask 1994 rum finish

  • 13 year old port cask finish
  • 12 year old cask strength single malt
  • 16 year old Scottish oak wood finish-batch A
  • 30 year old 2000AD Spirit Safe Edition

Distillery Tours

 

 

A guided walk around the distillery, followed by a tasting of our award-winning Benromach 10 & 15 Year Old whiskies.

DURATION:

About 45 minutes

DRAMS

2 drams

COST

£18 per person

A guided walk around the distillery, followed by a tasting of our award-winning Benromach 10 & 15 Year Old whiskies.

DURATION:

About 1 hour

DRAMS

3 drams

COST

£25 per person

THE CLASSIC TOUR

A guided walk around the distillery, followed by a tasting of our award-winning Benromach 10 & 15 Year Old whiskies.

DURATION:

About 1 hour 30 minutes

DRAMS

200ml Glengoyne bottle, boxed with a label and a record of your recipe

COST

£75 per person

A guided walk around the distillery, followed by a tasting of our award-winning Benromach 10 & 15 Year Old whiskies.

DURATION:

About 1 hour

DRAMS

4 drams

COST

£35 per person

Tastings 

You don’t have time for a tour, not to worry, you can still experience Glengoyne’s amazing single malts whiskies at their visitors center. Hear their story and explore their range of whiskies with a short tasting.

 

Gift Shop

When you are there take a look in their amazing gift shop. You can bottle a Glengoyne distillery edition or buy some great Glengoyne souvenirs. Its also possible to buy some Glengoyne bottles. 

Visitor center 

OPENING TIMES

December – February 

OPENING TIMES

DayTimes
Monday10:0016:30
Tuesday10:0016:30
Wednesday10:0016:30
Thursday10:0016:30
Friday10:0016:30
Saturday10:0016:30
Sunday10:0016:30

 

March -November

OPENING TIMES

DayTimes
Monday10:0017:00
Tuesday10:0017:00
Wednesday10:0017:00
Thursday10:0017:00
Friday10:0017:00
Saturday10:0017:00
Sunday10:0017:00

CONTACT DETAILS

Glengoyne Distillery
Dumgoyne
Stirlingshire
G63 9LB
United Kingdom

Glengoyne social media links

Livingbythedram social media links 

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