Glengoyne Distillery is situated at Dumgoyne, on the south-western edge of the Scottish Highlands, close to Loch Lomond, about three miles west of Strathblane and to the north of Glasgow. It is reputed to be the most beautiful distillery in Scotland. For over 150 years (1833) the distillery has produced Highland single malt whisky and the current distilling capacity is up to one million litres of alcohol per annum. The Glengoyne Visitor Centre attracts over 35,000 visitors per annum, as well as entertaining significant numbers of corporate parties.
The name Glengoyne comes from ‘Glenguin’ or ‘Glen of the Wild Geese’.
Unlike many other whiskies, the distillery does not use peat smoke. It is claimed that this produces a purer taste. The Glengoyne portfolio consists of the 10 year old, 12 year old Cask Strength, 17 year old, 21 year old and 28 year old, as well as limited special Vintage bottlings of Glengoyne.
The premium malt whisky market has shown substantial growth in recent years and is the strongest growing sector of the Scotch Whisky industry. The principal markets for the Glengoyne single malt are the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, France, Germany and the USA. Glengoyne 17 year old was voted World’s Best Single Highland Malt in the “Best of the Best” whisky tasting, organised by “Whisky Magazine”. 62 independent industry experts took part in this blind tasting.
In April 2003, Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. acquired Glengoyne Distillery, and the Glengoyne Single Malt and Langs Blended Whisky brands. The acquisition of Glengoyne Distillery means Ian Macleod is now a fully integrated distiller, blender and bottler.
Ian Macleod is based in Broxburn, West Lothian and is an independent family-owned company with blending and bottling interests. The company was founded in 1939 by Leonard J Russell and the current Managing Director is his grandson Leonard Russell.