The Glengoyne Distillery has been continuously in operation since its founding in 1833. It sits at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill near Loch Lomond in the Scottish Highlands. The distillery burn, as it is known, descends the Dumgoyne Hill providing water for the 1.1 million litre capacity whisky distillery.
Glengoyne uses the notoriously low yielding but famously high quality Golden Promise Barley (the only other whisky to use Golden Promise is Macallan). The barley is soaked in water and spread out on the floor of the malthouse and turned regularly. The Glengoyne distillery is quite unique as it only uses unpeated malt by drying its barley using warm air rather than peat fires. It also selects its own trees in Spain and then allows the wood to air dry for two years before filling the casks with Oloroso sherry for a further two years.
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