The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery itself is very small, neat and picturesque. Being just North of Glasgow, it is one of the easiest Scottish distilleries to get to and they put on a great tour too!
Glengoyne are one of the most sustainable distilleries in Scotland, they donate to local nature projects, they are fully powered by renewable energy and have recently moved into new eco-friendly packaging made with recycled materials sourced within 30 miles of the distillery, with no plastics used.
Glengoyne's stills are Scotland's slowest, this encourages the formation of "esters" giving Glengoyne its characteristically sweet, fruity taste. No peat is used in the barley drying process, allowing the subtle, complex flavours of slow distillation and exquisite wood to shine through. Glengoyne's natural colour comes from time and wood alone.
The 12yo is aged in Glengoyne's signature sherry wood, bringing intensity and richness, and also first fill bourbon casks add fresh notes of citrus and vanilla.
Nose: Toffee apples, a little acacia honey, nectarine in syrup and spice, supported by toasted barley in the background.
Palate: Over-ripe grapes, honeyed with hints of vanilla, coconut milk and oak spice. Light touches of chocolate ice-cream.
Finish: Long, oily finish with lingering coffee notes.