The roots of Glengoyne can be traced to 1833 when the Edmonstone family founded a distillery named Burnfoot. The location they chose was peculiar in that it rested right on the highland line which divided the highland and lowland whisky regions. The whisky produced there is distilled north of the line, in the highlands, but matured south of the line, in the lowlands. The distillery remained under the ownership of the founding family, until 1876 when it was sold to Glasgow Blending Firm, Lang Brothers.
The Lang Brothers company was started (as the name would suggest) by brothers Alexander and Gavin Lang in 1861. Known primarily as blenders, the brothers wanted to expand their empire by producing their own malt and with that goal in mind they acquired Burnfoot which they would go on to rename Glengoyne.
The distillery remained with the Lang Brothers company until it was purchased in 1965 by the Robertson & Baxter Group, later to become part of Edrington. It was under Edrington’s stewardship that Glengoyne began to appear as a single malt in the early 1990’s before eventually being deemed surplus to requirements and being sold again, this time to Ian Macleod in 2003. Today Glengoyne has built up a sound reputation for quality and the distillery itself is an extremely popular tourist destination in it’s own right.
Glengoyne bottle at a range of age statements from 10 to 25 years old but I’m looking at something a little different. This particular expression has been released by independent, Glasgow based bottler, Douglas Laing. It’s been aged for 9 years, bottled at 46% abv, at natural colour and without the use of chill filtration. Just the way I like it…
Smell: Buttery Malt & Biscuit notes with Cream & Vanilla and a touch of Apples and Pears.
Taste: A touch of Pepper with Honey & Vanilla. Then there’s that typical Glengoyne Malt character with Biscuit and Cereal notes.
Value for Money: Quite simply a great buy at around £35.
Score: 46 / 50. A fine example of a youngish Glengoyne and, in times of soaring prices, proof that you can still find a bargain.