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A Double Dram of Success for Glengoyne

14th March 2008

Edinburgh, 13 March 2008:

Glengoyne Distillery is celebrating a double win in this year's first round of the prestigious Scottish Field Whisky Challenge (SFWC), with two of its Limited Edition Single Casks taking both first and third place in the battle of the New Scotch Whisky Releases (between November 2007 and March 2008).

The Glengoyne 14 Years Old Single Cask was awarded a rare First Class and Overall Winner status,  while Robbie's Choice, the 18 Years Old Glengoyne Single Cask, was also highly praised, taking another 'First Class' rating -  making Glengoyne the first distillery to ever take two podium places in the 7 year history of the SFWC.

Launched in 2001, the SFWC, is a 'blind' tasting of Scotch whiskies and universally acknowledged as one of Scotch whiskies most significant taste tests. The esteemed panel of nine independent experts including: Richard Joynson, proprietor of Loch Fyne Whiskies, Keir Sword, proprietor of Royal Mile Whiskies, Darren Leitch, Whisky Manager of the Whisky Shop group, Charles Maclean, Whisky Writer and Regis Lemaitre, proprietor of Whiskymad.

The Glengoyne 14 Years Old and 18 Years Old 'Robbie's Choice' were launched in November 2007 to meet the growing demand from Glengoyne enthusiasts keen to discover new and rare expressions from the highly respected distillery. Both expressions were handpicked by the team of experts at Glengoyne and personally approved by Distillery Manger, Robbie Hughes.

Judges were 'dazzled' by both Glengoyne entries. Praised for its rich and smouldering spicy palate, the 14 Years Old was a favourite with all the judges. Charlie Maclean in particular was taken by its "very long, warm finish and deep toffee development. While judge Darren Leitch agreed with Robbie Hughes' description of The 18 Years Old as "pure pleasure", proclaiming "Everything in the glass just yells out sheer class!'".  

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distiller's, commented: "We are absolutely delighted to have the quality of both these Single Malts recognised in a 'blindfold' taste-test by such an esteemed panel of whisky experts.  The Glengoyne Single Casks have proved extremely popular and their success is very much down to the expertise of Robbie and the rest of the Glengoyne team".

The Glengoyne Single Casks fought off competition from Talisker 25 Years Old, Rosebank 25 Years Old, Highland Park Ambassadors Cask 33 Years Old, Glenlivet 34 Years Old and Bruichladdich 16 Years Old, to name but a few.

These exceptional malts are limited worldwide to 296 bottles of the 14 Years Old and 277 for the 18 Years Old. UK recommended retail prices per bottle are in the region of £90 for the 14 Years Old and £240 for Robbie's Choice, reflecting their rarity.

Glengoyne 'The Real Taste of Malt' is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. These new bottles join the award-winning core range, which includes the single malt 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old cask strength, 17 Years Old and 21 Years Old.

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Iain Weir                                                     

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Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.                                              

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Unchill-filtered, natural colour, cask strength and individually numbered limited edition single cask bottlings, beautifully presented in solid wooden gift boxes:

Single Cask 1993 (14 Years Old)




Creme brulee & vanilla ice cream with Black Forest Gateaux.  Smells like a runaway dessert trolley doused in sherry and set alight.


Warm and spicy.  Dark cherries, sweet vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, warm soft spice, slight saltiness.


Soft oak and a hint of salt

Wood Type

American Oak Sherry Hogshead

Cask No.


No. of Bottles



59.6% 70cl

Distillation Date

12 April 1993



Approved By

Robbie Hughes, Distillery Manager

Robbie's Choice 1989 (Aged 18 Years)


A topaz coloured whisky that tastes of chocolate cherries, with rich oak and peppery dried fruits. 


Wood Type

Ruby Port Hogshead

Cask No.


No. of Bottles




Distillation Date

7th March 1989

Bottling Date

September 2007



Approved By

Robbie Hughes, Distillery Manager