In 1820, safe from the reach of the law, George Connell began distilling in secret at Burnfoot Farm, which is where you'll find today's Glengoyne Distillery. The hidden waterfall and its miniature glen made it easy for George to escape the notice of the Exciseman. He's not the first to distil here illegally as it is reckoned that George learned the stillman's art from his grandfather.
Here are the thoughts of the folks at Glengoyne Distillery: "Every skill – every intricate step – evolves through hard work and long practice. It’s why we still dry our barley by air. It’s why we distil more slowly than anyone else in Scotland. It is also why we moved predominantly to sherry cask maturation in the 1870s, latterly securing our own private supply of this venerable wood."
Glengoyne 18 Year Old is fresh and malty with spicy vanilla fruit, ripe apples and a rich, luxurious mouthfeel. This is the result of eighteen long years and a generous proportion of first-fill sherry casks. It has a medium gold colour with a rich glow. The nose is awash with aromas of red apple and ripe melon. Heavenly and well rounded, it drifts into hot porridge topped with brown sugar. The palate is full bodied, round and rich. At first there are macerated fruits, marzipan and walnuts; then warm spices, dry cocoa and lingering Seville marmalade. The finish is long, warm and dry.
The casks used to make this whisky were as follows: 35% 1st Fill European Oak Sherry, 15% 1st Fill American Oak Sherry, 50% Hand-selected quality Oak Refill casks.