Great Glengoyne!

It was with some trepidation that I ventured out into the icy wind yesterday, to visit the picturesque waterfall that cascades down the hills behind the Glengoyne Distillery, located just few miles north of Glasgow. Guests of the distillery owners, the cold chill of the air was swiftly subdued by a generous dram of Glengoyne 17YO single malt whisky, poured by our hosts Stuart Hendry and Iain Weir. This delicious warming spirit was just a foretaste of what was to come on a day full of exploration and information.

Returning inside we were all put through our olfactory paces in the distilleries brand new Sampling Room. This proved quite a tricky challenge as some of the aromas that we had to identify proved quite difficult. Although not a wining score,  my of 66 out of 100 feel into the field of good, though the winning 78 was rated extremely good. After all this exertion it was outside again, this time for a tour of the distillery itself.

With its gleaming whiste washed walls and black painted brick work, the Glengoyne Distillery is was of the prettiest in Scotland. With only one wash still and two spirit stills, it is one of the smaller distilleries, yet it produces a single malt of exceptional quality. A quality that Duncan the Stillman was eager to impress on us.

After a very informative and detailed tour of the distilling complex, we were once again presented with a selection of some very fine single cask, natural strength whiskies, as chosen by some of the distillery workers. I must admit of all of them the Pedro Ximenez aged 19 year old was my favourite, full of wonderful aromas and a taste that seemed to go on forever, sheer bliss.

The final event of the day was a detailled tour through the bonded warehouses and an insight into the wood policy at the distillery. It seems remarkable that so much time and money is invested into oak barrels to ensure only the finest flavours develop in the whisky whilst it is maturing.

All in all it was a thoroughly pleasant day and if you wish to experience the unique environment of a working distillery, you will find it hard to beat Glengoyne.

Hopefully in the next few months I will be able to offer you access to some of the gems that we unearthed there yesterday.


Published in: on March 9, 2007 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment