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.
A trio of casks make up this fruity expression, specifically 48% was aged in first fill bourbon barrels, with 17% in first fill sherry casks and 35% in oak refill casks.
Nose: Banana bread and toasted coconut, with lemon drizzle cake and a drizzle of honey.
Palate: Tinned peaches and apple pie, with touches of lychee and cinnamon French toast.
Finish: A creamy finish of custard and cooked pear, with a dash of oak spice.