Glengoyne distillery is located near to Killearn, Stirlingshire, which is also only about half an hour from Glasgow.

It was founded in 1833 and had various owners until the Lang Brothers took over and renamed it Glen Guin in 1876. Then back again to Glengoyne about 30 years later.

1965 Saw Glengoyne become part of Robertson & Baxter who later became part of Edrington Group and they extended the number of stills from two to three in 1966-7.

Ian MacLeod Distillers took over Glengoyne in 2003.


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  Glengoyne (OB)

General whisky characteristics: Fruit, nuts and some malt





Glengoyne, 12y, 43% ABV

Original cost of this bottle;

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2012


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Bright cork

Nose: Lots of vanilla alongside a light woodiness, it's almost leafy but not quite. There's also a fruitiness - apple? Creamy too? Apple pie and custard anyone?

Palate: Yes, creamy vanilla here with the faintest hint of citrus, probably lemon.

Finish: Long

Overall impression: Nice, light and creamy mouth-feel with vanilla. Quite innocuous, quite good too.



Glengoyne, 'CS', 12y, 57.2% ABV

Original cost of this bottle;


Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Rich gold

Nose: Slightly spirity malt with rich old oak, weathered leather and background hints of nuts.

Palate: Very smooth and sweet but that alcohol comes along in force and sits almost endlessly on the front of the tongue.

With 4 drops of water in about 1cl: The nose is lightened slightly and the palate now contains a very pleasant fruity element.

18 drops of water in 2cl: Very pleasant indeed, but this would still take a little more water! The palate is now fresh and lively with oak, wood, raisins, currants and spicy, malty marzipan.

Finish: Long and getting longer with each addition of water.

Overall impression: A powerful and rich after dinner dram.



Glengoyne, 14y, 40% ABV

Original cost of this bottle;


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Bright (18 carat) gold

Nose: Very slightly vegetal oak, leather, hay, grass and nuts.

Palate: Smooth and creamy mouth-feel, candy-floss wrapped in hay, slightly farmy.

Finish: Medium and semi-dry

Overall impression: Slightly farmy with something lacking in flavour.



Glengoyne, 21y, 43% ABV

Original cost of this bottle; to


Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Teak

Nose: Fresh grass marinated in cream sherry, served with walnuts and raisins on an oak platter.

Palate: A burst of dark fruits and berries(raisins, prunes, blackberries, raspberries and redcurrants) with a side order of nuts.

Finish: Medium to long, fading slowly.

Overall impression: A thoroughly enjoyable whisky. The typical sherry cask notes of dark fruits and nuts are in abundance. I like this!




Glengoyne, 30y, 1967-1997, 52.5% ABV

"Middle Cut", one of 100 bottles

Original cost of this bottle; unknown


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich gold

Nose: Musty oak with a hint of furniture polish which expands and grows with time in the glass.

Palate: Slightly dry and bitter coconut with hay, grasses and honey, all smoothly wrapped.

Finish: Long with lots of honey.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable.






Glengoyne, Teapot Dram, 58.8% ABV

First fill sherry casks, a distillery only bottling

Original cost of this bottle; (only just over )

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2012


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich, dark sherry with a tinge of copper

Nose: Very aromatic with lots of aged oak and English Christmas cake fruitiness, but yet lightly perfumed too. There's also a faint maritime presence reminding me of an old rickety Atlantic pier. Polished brass and copper too? Yes, I think so.

Palate: An initially smooth and creamy mouth-feel before a big dark fruit tingle storms the palate. Then followed by suggestions of chocolate and cappucino. Soooo good!

Finish: Long with that chocolate and cappucino.

Overall impression: This is good, very good as a perfect balance of aromas and flavours are delivery in a very sensual way. Must be a Great.






Independent Bottlings





Malts of Scotland, Glengoyne, 09.1972 - 09.2012, 55.5% ABV

Sherry Hogshead, Cask No. MoS 12044

Original cost of this bottle;

Reviewed (blind) as part of MMA 2012


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Extremely dark, treacle toffee.

Nose: Rich traditional (English) Christmas cake with hints of something almost sweet and very aromatic. A suggestion of aged cognac too.

Palate: Everything suggested by the nose bursts forth onto the palate accompanied by vanilla and apricot ice cream. Wonderful.

Finish: Extremely long with a suggestion of creamy cognac.

Overall impression: Extreme luxury. I adore this whisky. "Great"? By a country mile.






Malts of Scotland, Glengoyne, 46.8% ABV

Bourbon barrel, Cask No. MoS 13009

Distilled 9.1972, bottled 1.2013, bottle 8 of 124

Original cost of this bottle; for 35cl

Sample thanks to MMA 2013


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale yellow

Nose: Fruity with lots of red apple-ness and also a hint of pear. There's also the suggestion of warm wholemeal bread in the background along with the slightest hint of Alpine cheese.

Palate: A definite fruity tingle on the palate, again apple but also a mild hint of cinnamon (apple fritters?).

Finish: Long and fruity.

Overall impression: A good and honest bourbon cask whisky.









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