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 Highlands 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: distinctive sherry notes, oranges, honeydew melon, red apples, pears, raisins, cappuccino, toffee, vanilla and bunch of fresh herbs.
Palate: smooth, honey, milk chocolate, raisins, dried figs and apricots, orange liquor, roasted chestnuts, hints of pepper and nutmeg.
Finish: pretty long, with delicate notes of sherry, raisins, chocolate fudge, mixed herbs and touch of oak.