- Pronunciation: Glen-GOYN
- Founded: 1833 (Officially)
- Region: Highland
- Status: Operational
- Owner: Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
- Production Capacity: 4,500,000 litres a year
It is unknown the exact date that distilling began on the Glengoyne distillery site, but it is believed to have occurred around 1820. Taxes were high for distillers in the early 1800s so many whisky producers operated illegally from the safety of the Scottish hills and forests. George Connell established the distillery, then called Burnfoot Farm, in this safe haven amongst other distillers.
With the lowering of taxation, George Connell officially gained his licence to distil in 1833. George also decides to use local heat sources rather than importing peat from elsewhere to dry the barley - a practice that still influences Glengoyne’s taste to this day.
In 1876, the distillery was bought by the Lang Brothers and the name was changed to Glen Guin after the river which provided the water for distilling. This name is anglicised to Glengoyne in 1907 by William McGeachie.
In 1966, Glengoyne Distillery was expanded to include a third still. This tripled the production levels of whisky on the site.
In January 1970, a butt of Glengoyne whisky fell from a lorry in central Glasgow. Locals cupped their hands and brought their own cups to grab some of the free elixir.
Ian Macleod Distillers bought Glengoyne in 2003 and remain the owners to this day.
Glengoyne’s core range are their age rated whiskys. Their 10 Year Old Scotch is the standard beginner whisky. Their distinctive unpeated flavour comes through and the mix of Highland distilling and Lowland maturation create a lightly sweet, medium-bodied whisky. There are notes of apple and toffee with a nutty finish.
The Glengoyne 17 Year Old has since been discontinued and replaced with their 18 Year Old variety. It’s a smooth scotch with light flavours.
The Glengoyne 21 Year Old, matured in sherry casks, has a much deeper flavour and rich, fruity notes. There’s a slightly oaky finish that stays in the mouth long after you finish.
Glengoyne produced Teapot Dram batches, including Teapot Dram Batch #1, to recreate the drinks given to staff whilst they were working. Staff members who could not finish their drinks would pour the excess whisky into copper teapots for the heavier drinkers to enjoy. Matured in sherry casks, the Teapot Drams are only available to buy at Glengoyne Distillery. It is presented at full cask strength, so is for more seasoned drinkers. It is a sweet and spicy whisky.
The rarest whisky we have from Glengoyne, the 1968 Single Cask was drawn from a single sherry barrel which only yielded 186 bottles.
Only 2100 bottles of the 1971 Vintage Cask Strength were released. It has a 48.5% abv and was matured for 25 years. This is a great purchase for Glengoyne collectors.