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Merchants make their Choice

7th December 2009

Award-winning Glengoyne Distillery has challenged some of Scotland's best known and highly respected independent whisky retailers to select a rare limited edition single cask from the Glengoyne warehouses that they would be proud to name The Scottish Merchants' Choice.

Taking place in Glengoyne distillery's state-of-the-art Blending Room, the group of six whisky connoisseurs nosed, sampled and debated a wide range of Glengoyne's finest malts before collectively selecting a 12 Years Old, Sherry HHD cask 57.8% vol. to have the honorary title of The Scottish Merchants' Choice.

Not only tasked with selecting this exceptional single cask, the merchants' had to unanimously agree on all of the Merchants' Choice values, from the bottle, packaging and label design and wording, to its name and tasting notes.

With a great first impression of butterscotch, cloves, leather, spice and Seville oranges, the nose of the Scottish Merchants' Choice is described as fabulously balanced with an underlay of chocolate. An elegantly rich and fresh palate with sundried fruits, pears and a hint of pepper that plays nicely to the finish.

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, brand owners of Glengoyne commented: "These fine gentlemen are the experts and the critics. It is their job and passion to know and understand Scottish malt whisky better than anyone else.  We are delighted to have been able to give them the opportunity to showcase their expertise and skill in choosing the perfect dram." 

"We have already had enquires from some of our English independent whisky retailers as to when they will get the chance to make their Merchants' Choice.  I think a bit of healthy North-South rivalry has some great potential."

Just 284 bottles of this limited edition bottling are now available (just in time for Christmas), from the six selection panel whisky specialists (see below), with an RRP of £99.

With special thanks to:

  • Vince Fusaro, Luvians Bottle Shop, Cupar & St Andrews
  • Brian Gibson, T B Watson, Dumfries & Castle Douglas
  • Richard Joynson, Loch Fyne Whiskies, Inveraray
  • Edward Robertson, The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum
  • Robin Russell, Robbies Drams, Ayr
  • Keir Sword, Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh & London
  • And Alan Wardrop, HMWSA for organising the event.

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For UK distribution of Glengoyne contact: Harvey-Miller Wine & Spirit Agencies 


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Notes to Editors


The Scottish Merchants' Choice 1996 (12 Years Old)



Nose: Great first impression, butterscotch, cloves, leather, spice, Seville oranges with an underlay of chocolate. Fabulous balance

Palate: Elegantly rich with sundried fruits, pears, hint of pepper, fresh

Finish: Plays nicely as it finishes

Wood Type: Sherry HHD

Cask No. 3447

No. of Bottles: 284

Strength: 57.8% 70cl

Distillation Date: 16/12/1996

Bottling Date: November 2009

Approved By:

Vince Fusaro, Brian Gibson, Richard Joynson, Edward Robertson, Robin Russell and Keir Sword.