Meet Robbie From Glengoyne Distillery

Meet Robbie From Glengoyne Distillery

Can you tell us the story behind some of the main whiskies, their inspiration etc?
Up until 4 years ago it was a mixture between refill and sherry casks. We changed it over as its now 100% first fill sherry casks. We had to change the packages and prices. It’s a more expensive product as it costs £650 for a first filled cask, a refill costs £45. Year on Years sales are increases 80%. It retails here for about SEK 700 and back home for about £90.
Its different from all other whiskies at Glengoyne as its made from sherry.
100% Sherry whiskies are rare.

Glengoyne 17
Its how whiskies should taste.
Nice balance sherry sweetness.
43% alcohol level
30% sherry first fill casks
70% is refill casks

The yeast we source from an Irish company called Kerry. They are based at Manstire a Scottish village

Which whisky are you currently working with, and what’s happening there?
Glengoyne 21 years.
Taste wise its heavily sherries as its 100% sherry, similar to Christmas pudding, Spicy honey sweetness, very mature ripe red apples.
Soft mouth feel. Spiciness and a bit of sugar after taste.

Is the Swedish market an important market for you?
Absolutely. 90% of our whisky is exported. Our biggest sales are in the shop. Key countries we export are Germany, France Sweden and we’re developing American market.

What makes Scotch Whisky so special?
They have a huge tradition and have been doing it since 1494. Have a wide variety of flavours. Which you might not have with American or Irish Whiskies. You can get similar ones in Scotland.

What’s your favourite current Whisky?
Glengoyne 10 –year old is a good single malt whisky.

Any tips for people new to whisky?
Buy the best whisky you can afford.
The problem I see is people buy cheep whisky when they are young and this can turn them off whisky for life. They might end up thinking all whisky tastes the same.
Be adventurous. Try as many whiskies from as many regions as possible.

Any myths you would like to explain?
People need education, I’ve heard stories of people sending Whisky back thinking its gone off, not realising this is how its supposed to taste.

Anything else you want to tell us?
Distillery is going great. Glengoyne 25year old will be released in2012.Three single casks will be released specifically for Sweden. Warehouse capacity is increased in 2011 from 7,000 casks to 45,000casks

Compare Irish and Scotch?
Its subjective you can’t say one is better than the other. Its down to your mood. You would probably take a lowland or Irish in the summer, and a highland or peaty whisky in the winter.

Glengoyne Distillery is a whisky distillery continuously in operation since its founding in 1833 at Dumgoyne, north of Glasgow, Scotland. Glengoyne is unique in producing Highland single malt whisky matured in the Lowlands. Located upon the Highland Line, the division between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, Glengoyne’s stills are in the Highlands while maturing casks of whisky rest across the road in the Lowlands. Unlike many malt whisky distilleries, Glengoyne does not use peat smoke to dry their barley, but instead uses warm air.

In the early nineteenth century, due to the heavy taxes on spirit production imposed by the government, many whisky producers were forced to operate illegally. The area around Glengoyne was full of hills and forests which provided excellent cover for the distillers. Records show that at least eighteen illicit whisky stills were operating in the area.
In the 1820s an Act of Parliament was passed, which reduced the cost of the license required to distil and duty on spirit. Shortly after the introduction of the 'Excise Act of 1823' (or 'Walsh Act') the first of these illicit stills came into official existence, with Glengoyne following later in 1833. Although Glengoyne only officially existed from 1833 and no records exist from before this date, it is believed that distilling on the site pre-dates that with a local historian writing that the smoke of "illicit stills" was visible in the area in the early 19th century. Glengoyne distillery's water supply comes from the Glengoyne Burn which flows from the nearby Dumgoyne hill into the distillery grounds before continuing on to Loch Lomond.
Unlike many malt whiskies Glengoyne does not use peat smoke to dry their barley but instead favours the use of warm air. The clear and bright appearance and distinctive flavour of the Glengoyne single malts are credited to this lack of peat smoke. This rare characteristic is utilised in the marketing of Glengoyne with the use of the promotional slogan "The authentic taste of malt whisky untainted by peat smoke".
As a result of the use of unpeated malt Glengoyne has been noted as being stylistically closer to a Lowland single malt as opposed to a Highland single malt.

At its current operating capacity Glengoyne produces over one million litres of pure spirit (new make spirit) every year  which is used in a number of different whiskies. The distillery has won various awards for its products including a double gold awarded to the 17 year old Single Malt at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a gold for the 15 year old Scottish oak wood finish for "best wood finish" by the Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival. Glengoyne 17 year old was voted World's Best Single Highland Malt in the "Best of the Best" whisky tasting, organised by "Whisky Magazine".
Due to the rapid growth recently of the Scotch malt whisky industry (recent figures indicate a 9% growth in 2002) and of the premium whisky market as a whole, Glengoyne is mainly marketed in the UK, Scandinavian, French, German and USA markets

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