Glengoyne Distillery and Edinburgh whisky meet ups

A short 30 minute bus trip from Glasgow Buchanan bus station, passing intertwining hills and windy country roads…  BANG! You’ve reached your destination…. The Glengoyne Distillery.

Discovered in 1833, it is known for its beautiful setting just outside Loch Lomond. Glengoyne is considered a Highland Single Malt, the distillery sits on the highland line and its warehouses (across the road) sit on the Lowlands.

The distillery is also parallel to the famous walk of the West Highland Way. Many walkers have a tendency to combine their walk with a visit to the distillery.  Apparently, Glengoyne leave a whisky bottle on the fence for the walkers to take a swig from as they pass it.  A nice wee personal touch.

The waters used by the whisky comes from the Glengoyne Burn, which flows from the Dumgoyne hill into the distillery grounds.  This is where the tour begins before a short walk to the distillery itself.

I’d recommend taking the gold medal or chocolate tour, where you also get to taste four Glengoyne whisky bottles. Oh, and a free Glencairn glass thrown in as  well… standard. 🙂

Always wonder what the point is in visiting a distillery without tasting their whisky?  It’s a bit like going to the cinema and walking out half way through the film.  The tasting completes the whole experience.

Note to remember:  I paid roughly £26 for the gold medal tour. I only discovered afterwards the same tour was on groupon for half price.  Always jump on the site before you go so you’re not missing out on juicy deals.

What makes Glengoyne whisky different?

They don’t use peat smoke to dry the barley.

Glengoyne Whisky tasting 

Glengyone 12 year old- vanilla, toffee, apples, coconut

Glengoyne 15 year old –  citrusy, dry, fruity, apples, cinnamon

Glengoyne 18 year old – oaky, apples, sweeter, slightly spicy

Glengoyne 21 year old –  known as the ‘big bad boy’ rich, spicy,   100% sherry cask matured. Nutty, rich, apples, cinnamon.  Out of the three this was my favourite- rich, spicy and warm.

Everytime I added drips of water to Glengoyne whisky I felt it weakened the flavours.

 

Edinburgh ‘monthly malty’ meet up

As well as immersing myself in the whisky world, I also want to surround myself with whisky enthusiasts.  What better way to do this than through social media.  I came across a ‘monthly malt’ group, in Edinburgh, on the Meet Up app.  Organised by Justine, the group meet up (obviously) every month in a different place, whether its a pub, tasting session or whisky and cheese night.

Last night it was at the Athletic Arms- 15 minutes away from Haymarket. Really enjoyed it and was great to spend the evening with lovely people.  Who would have known people from Edinburgh could be so nice?  I joke! 🙂

The Athletic Arms had a huge list of whisky options £2.50 a time. Bargain!

I went for…

Glenfiddich 18 year old–  smooth, very smooth, caramel, toffee and fruity

Glenmorangie midwinter nights dram (limited edition) – it was ok. Not as smooth as the Glenfiddich.  This made me want to try something different. So the next one was the…

Laphroaig 18 year double cask (Islay)– Wow!  The beast of all whisky beasts I’ve tried so far. Very strong smelling, very smoky and very spicy.  I wasn’t actually averse to it.  This also made me discover Islay single malts will be the most likely whisky that I’ll add a splash of water.

 

Until next time… Slainte!

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13 thoughts on “Glengoyne Distillery and Edinburgh whisky meet ups

  1. Whisky Waffle

    Hey! Glad to hear the whisky adventures are continuing!
    I’m jealous of the trip to Glengoyne. I’d love to go. I’ve only tried the 12 and didn’t love it – but that 21 year old sounds immense! Also Edinburgh sounds like the ideal place for a malty meet up. M’colleague and I are organising to try and run on in our little home town of Burnie soon. Hopefully we get a few people along!
    Keep on waffling,
    Nick

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    1. adelegoodfellow Post author

      I know what you mean about the 12. There is something lacking… doesn’t satisfy or give you a whisky kick. Best of luck organising a meet up in your area. All it takes is a few people who are passionate about whisky, then there’s no stopping the whisky chat flowing and rollllling 🙂

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  2. Tobi@BarleyMania

    Great write-up. I visited Glengoyne last week, doing the standard tour with an additional dram of their 18yo at the end. I really enjoyed my time there. They’re not exaggerating when they say that the distillery looks as if it had been taken straight out of a picture book! Also, your whisky meet-up looks like a super-fun group and the drams you’ve picked sound really great! I’m sure I would have loved that Laphroaig!

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  3. gentlemangrimm

    Great blog post! I really enjoyed the Glengoyne your when I went there – that was years ago though before I was blogging.

    Good to see about The Athletic Arms as well as I’m up in Edinburgh is August stopping with a friend and that’s his local!

    I look forward to reading more about your whisky adventures.

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