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Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery Information

Glengoyne Scotch Whisky Distillery History

“Scotland’s Most Beautiful Distillery”

The Glengoyne Distillery is situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands of Scotland close to a small river that flows into the famous Loch Lomond.  The distillery, which takes its name from “Glen Guin” or Glen of the Wild Geese, has been producing an exceptional single malt scotch whisky for nearly 200 years.


Glengoyne is one of the few distilleries producing whisky in this part of Scotland today.  However at the beginning of the nineteenth century it is recorded that at least eighteen whisky stills were in operation in this area.  But these, like many others at that time, were illegal.  Whisky producers were forced to produce whisky illicitly as they were unable to pay the heavy taxes imposed by the government on spirit production to fund wars against France.  Smuggling became rife and the hills and glens around Glengoyne formed a perfect cover for this lawless activity.  


It was not until the 1820’s that an Act of Parliament was passed reducing the duty on spirit and the cost of a licence to distil which put an end to illegal production.  This gave rise to a rush of stills being legalised including those at Glengoyne in 1833.  It is reputed that Glengoyne was one of a few stills to be licensed in the southern Highlands due to the high quality of whisky it produced.


Sir Walter Scott’s novels capture the romance and intrigue of this period in Scottish history.  In particular with his character, Rob Roy, who was renowned for cattle thieving and other activities and is believed to have once escaped the law by hiding in an oak tree just 300 metres from the Glengoyne Distillery.


Glengoyne, working continually since it was founded, was first-owned by George Connell who erected a distillery and took a lease on the surrounding land; he also built a warehouse which is still very much in use today.   In 1876, the Lang Brothers from neighbouring Glasgow bought the distillery and ownership still remains in Scottish hands with the Edrington Group taking over the distillery in the 1960’s and the Independent, Scottish, family owned business, Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. acquiring the distillery in 2003.


The changes in ownership have done little to affect production of this unique malt as the traditional working methods have been passed from generation to generation to create this subtle, complex whisky in which all the delicate flavours are freely allowed to express themselves.  

Glengoyne Distillery,


Near Killearn,


G63 9LB

t.+44 (0)1360 550 254


Please contact the distillery to confirm before travelling

Opening Times

March November

Monday - Saturday

Tours: 10.00 - 16.00 (every hour)

Shop: 9.30 - 17.00


Tours: 12.00 - 16.00 (every hour)

Shop: 12.30 - 17.00

Phone in advance for Christmas - New Year opening hours

Tel. +44 (0)1360 550 254

Glengoyne whisky Distillery in winter

Glengoyne Scotch Whisky Distillery

Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Soft citric fruits.

Palate: Light to medium bodied. Clean, grassy, fruity, nutty.

Finish: Long. Sweet, oaky and delicate.

Glengoyne Whisky Review Glengoyne Tasting Notes

Founded in 1833 by George Connell

Location Highlands Southwest District

Water Source Local burn


Glengoyne Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

Copper dome Mash tun

6 Oregon pine washbacks

1 wash still with 2 small spirit stills with boil balls in their necks and level lyne arms.

Matured in a mix of refill and sherry casks in traditional dunnage warehousing on site

Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings 

Glengoyne 10 Year Old

Glengoyne 12 Year Old 1st fill Bourbon

Glengoyne 15 Year Old

Glengoyne 18 Year Old  

Glengoyne 21 Year Old

Glengoyne 25 Year Old  

Glengoyne Cask Strength


Glengoyne Limited Editions

Glengoyne 35 Year Old

The Teapot Dram No3


Glengoyne Travel Retail Exclusive

Glengoyne Burnfoot

Glengoyne 12 Year Old Cask Strength,

Glengoyne 15 Year Old Heritage Gold


Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Glengoyne Auld Enemy Dram

Glengoyne 13 Year Old Port Cask Finish

Glengoyne 14 Year Old Single Cask 1993 American Oak Sherry

Glengoyne 15 Year Old Scottish Oak

Glengoyne 16 Year Old Shiraz cask finish

Glengoyne 17 Year Old  

Glengoyne 20 Year Old Single Cask 1986 Spanish Oak Sherry Butt

Glengoyne 21 Year Old Sherry Edition

Glengoyne 30 Year Old

Glengoyne 40 Year Old

Glengoyne 2000AD - The Millennium Malt  

Glengoyne The Middle Cut (1967, bottled 1997)

Glengoyne Managers – Robbie's @ 16, 19, 21, 29, 32, 37 Year olds

Glengogne Mashmans - Charlie's- Jim's- Peter's

Glengoyne Stillmans - Duncan's, -Ewan's-Ronnies

Glengoyne Teapot Dram No 1, No2,

Glengoyne Warehouse  - Billy's, -Deek's,- Robbie

Various Glengoyne Vintage Reserves and Single Cask Bottlings,

1972, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997,1999


Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings.


Carn Mor

Hart Bothers

Malts of Scotland

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),

Whisky Agency

Glengoyne Single Malt Whisky Awards

Glengoyne 10 year old

San Fransico World Spirits Competition Gold 2007


Glengoyne 12 year old

San Fransico World Spirits Competition Gold 2005


Glengoyne 17 year old

San Fransico World Spirits Competition Gold 2007

International Spirits Challenge 2005

San Fransico World Spirits Competition Double Gold 2005

San Fransico World Spirits Competition Double Gold 2003


Glengoyne 21 year old

Scottish Field Whisky Challenge - Bottling of the Year 2010

Scottish Field Whisky Challenge - Distillery Bottling of the Year 2009

Scottish Field Whisky Merchants Challenge - Distillery Bottling of the Year 2008

San Fransico World Spirits Competition Gold 2005

Image Symbol Key

# - Older discontinued style bottling

*- Limited Edition

^ - Independent Bottling