Glengoyne The Legacy Series Chapter Two

George Connell acquires his licence to distil at Glenguin of Burnfoot in 1833. The name doesn’t change to Glengoyne Distillery until 1907.

In the stillness of the quiet Glen, nothing is rushed and every stage of the Glengoyne’s whisky making process is given as long as it needs. Uniquely shaped stills nurse the simmering wash during the longest distillation of any Scottish whisky, prolonged contact with the copper coaxing sweet and fruity notes from the gently rolling vapours. That’s why their barley is only ever dried by air, allowing the true Glengoyne spirit to shine through.

From here the precious spirit is transferred to casks made to order from European and American oak, themselves prepared for six years before they’re ready to carry the Glengoyne whisky to maturity. The natural colour of the whisky is testament to decades within the wood alone. Nothing else is added, this is how they craft a whisky unlike any other. This is the Glengoyne way!

It's the second chapter in Glengoyne's Legacy series! This one was dedicated to Peter Russell, chairman and founder of Ian Macleod Distillers, which bought Glengoyne in 2003. A trio of casks make up this fruity expression, specifically 48% was aged in first-fill bourbon barrels, with 17% in first-fill sherry casks and 35% in oak refill casks.

It's a deliberate contrast to Chapter One, which was matured in first-fill European oak oloroso sherry casks as well as refill casks. This is a great example of how bourbon casks can make Glengoyne distillate shine and a fantastic demonstration of the distillery's wood management policy.

    Nose:    Full of vanilla and banana, maple syrup, peaches, coconut, fruit soaked trifle sponge, hint of lime and mint.

    Taste:    Creamy and well balanced, apple crumble, honey drizzled toast, green grape and gentle spice.

    Finish:    Richness builds in the warming finish, syrupy with hints of sweet oak and dates.