Glengoyne Scottish Whisky

was founded in 1833 by the Edmonstone family. Its original name was Burnfoot distillery. A local businessman called John MacLelland then took control in 1851 before handing the reigns to his son, Archibald, in 1867. Burnfoot remained in his control until 1876 when a company called Lang Brothers bought the distillery and renamed it as Glenguin.

In 1905, the name is changed to current Glengoyne, apparently after Glenguin was spelt incorrectly on a batch of labelling. Lang Brothers (see Langs Whisky) decided to keep the name as they felt it was easier to read and pronounce. Robertson & Baxter became the new owners of Glengoyne in 1965, after taking over Lang Brothers, and fully refurbished and expanded the distillery. Robertson & Baxter later changed their name and became the Edrington Group (owners of Famous Grouse, Macallan and Highland Park Whiskies). Edrington decided to sell Glengoyne to Ian Macleod Distillers, an independent family owned spirits company, in 2003.

Glengoyne is a whisky distillery in the Southern Highlands. It is around 15 miles to the north of Glasgow and is in the village of Dumgoyne, close to the famous Loch Lomond. Glengoyne is one of Scotland‘s most traditional distilleries and is currently owned by Ian Macleod Distillers, who also own the Tamdhu distillery. Glegoyne distillery has an annual whisky production capacity of 1.1 million litres. Multi-award winning it has also won top awards for environmental polices.

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Glengoyne is a particularly green distillery, with 100% of its power coming from renewable energy. The surrounding countryside has been used to create wetlands that provide natural treatment of the site’s waste water. Glengoyne have worked in partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to create the area. Wetlands cover less than five percent of the world’s surface yet they are responsible for locking away a third of terrestrial carbon dioxide. They are also excellent for biodiversity – the Glengoyne Wetlands are home to 14,500 plants of 20 different varieties that attract birds, dragonflies and other wildlife to the area. Post-distillation, the water filters through 12 pools, each thick with reed beds that remove impurities and slow the flow. By the time the liquid has made its way through each pool it is ready to rejoin the burn as it connects with the river and travels onward towards Loch Lomond.

This conscientious handling of their land is reflected in the slow, controlled production of the Glengoyne spirit. They shun peat in the drying of their barley and favour sherry wood in maturation with older expressions dominated by the European Oak character.