The distillery first received it’s distilling license in 1833 while under the name of Glenguin of Burnfoot, Changing its name to Glengoyne in 1907. The distillery went from strength to strength and in 1966 the production tripled to 1.2million litres due to the demands for the malt produced, then in 2014 the old barley kiln was converted into what is now known as no1 warehouse, with its thick stone walls and stone floor it is the perfect place to store a selection of casks according to distillery manager Robbie Hughes.
The Glengoyne distillery is well known amongst whisky fans world wide, and although the distillery is classed as a highland whisky producer, it does technically span into the lowlands for the purpose of maturing its spirit.
Technically known more for the punchy Oloroso matured whisky which so many people love about the distillery you can find the odd bourbon matured releases out there from indie bottlers.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
The self proclaimed funky indie bottlers have released a number of well sherried whiskies over the years and todays review is yet another one of them.. Glengoyne releases by TBWC have been both fully matured sherry bombs and some Ex Bourbon matured whiskies and that’s fine with me!
Those funky labels that adorn the Boutique-y labels often relate to the history of the individual distillery and this Glengoyne label is no exception to that rule, its references to the original name for the distillery hints at the walkers walking over what looks like hot coals and therefore burning their feet, very clever..
When you look back at what the company started to do and with many people not loving the labels due to not been traditional its great to see they stuck with these funky labels and although some still baffle me, i have to say they look great on the shelf when you have several sitting together, they somehow become far more eye catching, and make a lot more sense and they do create a great talking point.. And remember its not the label that’s important, its still all about the liquid inside the bottle !!
19 year old Glengoyne – That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Age.. 19 years
Cask.. Re-Fill Sherry
Outturn.. 1009 bottles
Bottler.. That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Nose.. Just imagine a mixing bowl, now add dates, raisins, plums, orange marmalade, a little brandy butter, almond oil, dark chocolate, coffee beans and a little freshly made espresso coffee.. Now squish it all together with your hands, leave for a few minutes and then take a sniff.. Yep that’s what you get here too !!
Palate.. Spices coat the mouth with a nice little tingle before those dried fruits come along to play. Burnt toffee and peanut brittle mingle with dried tobacco leaf, coffee and dark chocolate, add a little aniseed and this well sherried malt really does excite.
Finish.. Drying, spicy and bloody delicious.
Thoughts.. I want to pour some more already so i guess that tells you everything you need to know about this !!
It might not be one of those absolute stonking sherry bombs but this is better in my opinion, you get a little more balance and a deeper complexity to it with a lot more delicate flavours showing through..
Its still Dirrrtttyyy though!!