Glengoyne Distillery was established in 1835 and its distinctive pagoda roof and whitewashed walls give it an old world charm. This sense of tradition is carried through its whisky. Each bottle proclaims “No one takes more time and care” which partly reflects Glengoyne’s slow distillation process.
As with many distilleries of this age, Glengoyne has its roots in illicit distillation. It was originally called Glenguin with the name change made in 1907. By the1870’s, sherry casks had enhanced the spirit and a commitment to careful cask acquisition continues to this day.
One of the “perks” of working in Scottish distilleries was dramming. Policies varied from distillery to distillery but at Glengoyne the workers were given 3 cups of whisky over the working day. Younger workers were not quite so used to the amount of whisky so they would pour theirs into a copper teapot in the canteen where more experienced workers could draw more whisky. This tradition ended in the 1970’s but is remembered in the “Teapot Dram” which is released in limited edition batches.
Glengoyne offer a number of tour types including a malt Master Experience (£75) where you can create your own expression of Glengoyne Single Malt. Sampling from different Glengoyne Casks with different characterstics, you taste and blend your own version which is then bottled (200ml) for you to take away. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Glengoyne decided to start online whisky tastings. These can be booked on the Glengoyne website and you will be sent out a tasting pack prior to the arranged tasting.
The distillery is fairly close to Bannockburn where in 1314 a battle pivotal to Scottish history took place. Ben Lomond (3193 feet) is a popular hillwalk with wonderful views from the summit. In Helensburgh you will find The Hill House which reflects the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. All of these attractions are looked after by the National Trust for Scotland.
The distillery is situated in the Highland region and is situated about 15 miles north of Glasgow. Other nearby distilleries include Auchentoshan Distillery, Glasgow Distillery Company and Clydeside Distillery.