Last year I was fortunate to enjoy a tour to one of Scotlands finest but lesser known distillers- Glengoyne distillery. A maker of some of Scotlands top whiskys.
The unusual thing about this distillery is that it sits on the very border of the Highlands whisky region, in fact, it’s right in the middle of that border. The main distillery sits on one side of the road, firmly planted in Highlands territory, which is simply a treat to watch. However, its main warehouses sit on the other side – in the Lowlands!
The distillery was originally one of Scotland’s numerous illegal whisky stills, taking refuge in the out of the way hills and plentiful water supply. In 1833, Glengoyne was legitimisedas a distillery when it opted to purchase a now more affordable License to distil.
During its first few years of legal production, Glengoyne worked with authorities to help determine minimum standards, including the units of measure like 3-year maturation time. And, today it serves top whiskys that have magnificently captured the attention of the users.
When you arrive at Glengoyne, you will see yourself surrounded by lovely rolling fields, which are simply a treat to the eyes. Park over by the maturing warehouses and pay attention as you cross the road. Well, this is what will keep you and your vehicle safe on the streets!
You will hear the tranquil splashes of water coming from the small reservoir and waterfall. This really sets the relaxed mood for the site. One can spend years here without even knowing they have; this peaceful the place is.
If you opt-in for the tour, you will be greeted at the start with a sample of the Glengoyne 12. It’s lovely and fruity single malt, which is the mainstay of the Glengoyne offerings. With the rough hints of pepper and it slides into your belly, you will be ready for a tour of the site grounds. This is worth trying once you are here. After all, enjoying some fine Scotch whisky samples, is why we are here right!
Tours go for around 60 minutes and will take you through the production facility, including stills, wash-backs, and warehouses.
The water source used to make this delight comes from nearby Glasgow and a local reservoir.
All the top whiskys made on the site is stored in oak barrels, specifically ex-bourbon (presumably American oak) and Spanish sherry casks.
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