GLENGOYNE 2007 AGED 12 YEARS ~ HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND
92/100 Whisky Base
Completely unpeated (unusual in the highlands), this Glengoyne is soft, fruity and very quaffable. A fine single malt!
Nose - Lots of malt, biscuity notes, with stewed apple, burnt pastry and coastal smoke.
Palate - Salted caramel, with smoked heather, roasted nuts, lemongrass and a crack of black pepper.
Finish - Sweet lychee and oak char shrouded by swirls of maritime peat smoke.
The Glengoyne distillery sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond. The distillery burn, as it is known, tumbles down the Dumgoyne Hill providing water for the 1.1 million litre capacity whisky distillery. In the past, the woodlands and undulations which covered the surrounding area gave superb shelter for the illegitimate distillations that were brought about by heavy spirit taxation. During the early 19th century, it is rumoured, there were as many as eighteen illicit Stills in the area. The whisky that came from these Stills was taken to the local blacksmith, who filled earthenware pots with the rough, wild spirit and employed local girls to walk the 14 miles to Glasgow with the whisky concealed beneath their hooped skirts. The dense woodland once provided shelter for Rob Roy MacGregor who secreted himself in a little hollow when pursued by the English army.