Glengoyne Scotch Review

Glengoyne Distillery (Wikipedia image)

There are of course many whiskies to pick from so in this Glengoyne Scotch Review I will select the most popular and tell you what I and others think.

The Glengoyne distillery prides itself on two things (besides the whisky that is) the picture postcard setting of the distillery and the time it takes over the distillation process.

The Scenery

There can certainly be little argument about the scenery surrounding this Highland malt whisky distillery, situated only a short distance from Glasgow it is just in the Highland region but with whitewashed buildings and surrounding hills it certainly is a beautiful place to visit. There is an excellent visitors centre, which you can find here

The Making of the Whisky

As far as making and distilling the whisky goes, what could be better than straight from the horses mouth as it were.

You can find out more about the making of malt whisky from other sites of course (Wikipedia) and I will not go into too much detail here, but it is the slowness of the distillation process that Glengoyne is particularly proud of and how that affects the final product. They claim a smoother more subtle product than their competition. This is further enhanced by the fact that all their malted barley is air dried, never over peat. This contrasts strongly with, say, the Islay malts where the use of peat gives a much smokier stronger flavour to the whisky.

Whisky ReviewGlengoyne 21 Year Old

Ian Buxton in 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die picks the 21 year old and I have to bow to his opinion. I tend to prefer stronger flavoured whiskies and it is the character of this particular aging that is its strength. It need this length of time to get real depth in my opinion.

The younger whiskies are indeed very pleasant drinks but a bit too subtle for my own personal palate. It is of course horses for courses and these may suit you very well.

There is also a 10 year old and 12 year old that are of a price to suit most pockets as of course the 21 year old is a little more expensive.

The 21 year old is described as sweet and honeyed, with of course the sherry coming through well (it is matured only in sherry casks). There is an extended finish, with spice hints as it fades.

Because of the extensive use of sherry casks this character tends to hold true for most of the Glengoyne range of malt whiskies. You can see the full range at the Whisky exchange

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