Located in the shadow of Dumgoyne Hill, just north of Glasgow near to the picturesque village of Killearn, Stirlingshire this whisky distillery was established in 1833. During its lifetime it has had many owners and has also been known as Glen Guin (Glen of the Wild Geese) and Burnfoot. Killearn which is near Loch Lomond is in the heart of Rob Roy country and illicit whisky has been produced in this area for hundreds of years so you could say the locals are very experienced in its production.
The first owner George Connel erected the original buildings, warehouse and also leased the adjoining land. Part of his reason for the site was the plentiful supply of pure highland water from streams falling from the nearby Campsie Hills. In 1876 the distillery was taken over by Lang Brothers of Glasgow and in the 1960s it was purchased by the Edrington Group. Its last change of ownership came in 2003 when it was purchased by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.
The distillery now has its own visitor centre and a number of different tours and tastings are available. The quality of this Highland Type Single Malt Whisky is ensured by this distillery using only Golden Promise Barley which when soaked with water is spread on the malt house floor and turned regularly. Once germinated it is dried using warm before going to the six wooden wash backs.
After distillation the spirit is matured only in Spanish or American Oak casks some of which have been seasoned with sherry in Spain before coming to Scotland. Unlike the heavy Malts from Islay which have a very smoky taste due to the barley being dried with peat fires the warm air process at Glengoyne gives a cleaner and fresher taste.
Over the years Glengoyne Single Malt Whisky has won many prizes notably a gold medal at the Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival. For any malt connoisseur coming to Scotland this distillery is within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports and we would recommend a visit.
Taste: Light, Sweet, Nutty with a hint of Apples