The Glengoyne 12 Year Old is aged in first-fill Hogshead
ex-bourbon barrels and first fill sherry casks, among others, that's why it's
recognizable as a sherried Highland-style whisky. As is the practice and
tradition at Glengoyne, the 12 Year Old isn't peated at all.
Situated in a wooded valley in the Highlands region of
Scotland, Glengoyne Distillery was founded by George Campbell and has been
producing single malt whisky continuously since 1833. The distillery, which
takes its name from "Glen Guin" or Glen of the Wild Geese, is
situated directly atop the Highlands Line — the line that divides the Highlands
and Lowlands regions of Scotland. As a result, while Glengoyne Single Malt
Scotch Whisky is distilled in the Highlands region, it is matured in the
Lowlands region, despite the fact that the distillery's stillhouse and
maturation warehouses are across the street from each other.
Glengoyne Single Malt Whisky is produced exclusively from Golden Promise
barley. Golden Promise is an early-maturing spring barley that has a depth of
flavor ideal for single malts. While it was popular in the production of whisky
for many years, it gave way to cheaper barely that was higher in yield but
lower in quality. Today, Glengoyne, along with The Macallan, is one of only two
distilleries remaining in Scotland that continues to use Golden Promise barley.
Once the Golden Promise barley has been air-dried, it is milled and mashed
before being fermented for 56 hours in washbacks crafted from pine. Following
fermentation, the wash is distilled through Glengoyne's copper-pot wash still
and then again through its two copper-pot spirit stills, working in tandem
(whisky is distilled more slowly at Glengoyne than at any other distillery in
Scotland). The copper stills remove any remaining sulphur in the wash, and
produce the sweet, concentrated flavors that define Glengoyne Scotch Whisky.
This sherried Highland style whisky is aged for 12 years in a mix of first-fill
sherry, refill sherry, and ex-bourbon and first-fill Hogshead ex-bourbon
barrels. Bottled at 43% ABV.