Glengoyne Distillery

Chairman Bill here with my distillery tour notes. A few short weeks ago I was in Scotland expanding my knowledge and enjoyment of single malt scotch. There are many very knowledgeable people when it comes to the topic of whisky. I consider myself to be an enthusiastic beginner who is committed to learning as much as I can about this wonderful

The Glengoyne Distillery is located a short distance from Glasgow. It was the first of 21 distilleries that I visited. You would think that because of its location that Glengoyne would be considered a Lowland whisky. It is a Highland whisky. The distillery is in the southern part of the Highlands.

I arranged for transport and signed up for the tasting tour. This entitled me to four generous samples s of the Glengoyne whiskies. No peat is used in the making of Glengoyne whiskies.

10 year old Glengoyne: light colour, pleasant sweet flavour
17 year old Glengoyne: slightly darker colour, vanilla smell, very sweet flavour
21 year old Glengoyne: amber colour, very very tasty. it purred down my throat
15 year old cask strength: very tasty, sweet flavour with a bite at the back of the throat. The bite was attributed to the higher alcohol content of the cask strength.

These are all very fine whiskies. I would be happy to have them in my drinks cabinet.


What is on Your Bucket List?

When the topic of Bucket Lists comes up, many whisky lovers talk of travelling the Whisky Trail in Scotland. This spiritual adventure is one that comes highly recommended by the Canadian College of Whisky Knowledge.

Chairman Bill took extensive field notes of the 96 different whiskies he enjoyed as he toured 21 distilleries and various whisky bars and pubs on the Whisky Trail. The issue of record keeping was managed by a spiral bound note book and a listing of the whiskies available for purchase in Ontario Canada. The Whisky Life List is an ambitious project in record keeping using a web based application. This is presently being finalized by our technical support team.

When you walk into a whisky bar, set your notebook and Ontario Whisky Listings on the counter and then ask for their whisky binder, they know that you mean business. It’s also a great conversation starter. The process is one of elimination. If you can buy a whisky in Canada and/or you have sampled that whisky, on to a new whisky.

You may enjoy the e-book One Canadian, One Scotch, and One Beer. This is the write up of Chairman Bill’s solo adventures in Scotland and it may be of interest to the whisky enthusiasts who have visiting Scotland on their bucket list. The preview of this e-book is part of the college’s webpage.

United by the Love of Whisky!