Glengoyne is definitely one of the most unique Scottish distilleries.
The Highland Lane, which historically divides Highlands from Lowlands runs through the distillery grounds, putting the process buildings on the Highland side while warehouses in Lowlands. Consequently, the whisky is Highland distilled and Lowland matured. Glengoyne uses completely unpeated malt and that, along with location and relatively mild climate, gives it a character more akin to Lowland than to Highland whisky. Glengoyne 8 years old is an example of ‘old school whisky’. Distilled in the 1960s, when the distillery was still owned by Lang Brothers, perhaps even before they were taken over by Robertson & Baxter (1965).
Nose: beautifully constructed, distinctive sherry notes, oranges, apples, raisins, hints of blackcurrants and candied lemon peel, toffee, oak shavings and touch of garden herbs.
Palate: smooth and nicely balanced, raisins, dried dates and figs, walnuts, roasted chestnuts, hints of pepper and nutmeg and sherried oak.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of sherry, spice and oak.