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Glengoyne 21 Years Old Wins Gold at Scottish Field Whisky Challenge

19th November 2010

Glengoyne 21 Years Old has scooped a prestigious gold award at the highly respected Scottish Field Whisky Challenge for the third year in a row underlining its consistent, exceptional quality.

(Alan Wardrop, UK Sales Manager for Ian Macleod Distillers collects the Gold Award for Glengoyne 21 Years Old.)

The panel of expert judges, which include Richard Joynson of Loch Fyne Whiskies, Keir Sword of Royal Mile Whiskies and Darren Leitch, of The Whisky Shop group, rated Glengoyne 21 Years Old in the £30 - £75 category for its "Well balanced palate and pleasant finish". Judge Tatsuya Minagawa, Whisky Bar Manager at the Highland Inn, commented that the whisky had a "Soft warm and creamy nose with a good level of sherry and weak coffee. Creamy to taste with a delicious and complex finish."

Launched in 2001, the SFWC, is a 'blind' tasting of Scotch whiskies and universally acknowledged as one of the most significant taste tests with an esteemed panel of judges.

Alan Wardrop, UK Sales Manager for Ian Macleod Distiller's, commented: "It is a real honour to be so highly commended by a team of such well respected judges. It really is testimony to Glengoyne's craftsmanship and heritage passed down over the generations, including the slowest distillation process of any Scotch whisky,that makes our whisky stand out."

Glengoyne fought off stiff competition from Big Peat, Strathisla 30 Years Old and Glen Grant 25 Years Old to take the Gold Award with a score of 3.83 out of 5.

Richard Bath, Editor of Scottish Field said of the competition: "This is the 10th year of the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge and a landmark moment for us. The reason for the awards success has been its unimpeachable credibility.

"Any whisky that appears in these pages is guaranteed to be a gold standard dram."

Glengoyne Distillery earlier this year announced a new long-term marketing initiative based on the concept "SLOW" centred on Glengoyne's distillation speed, which is SLOWER than any other Scotch Whisky. Glengoyne attributes its high quality, smooth tasting malt to its slow distillation, which is about one third the normal rate. Glengoyne 21 Years Old uses 100% first fill European Oak Sherry Casks and, as with all Glengoyne bottlings, is natural colour.

Only the slowest distillation process, untainted by peat smoke, creates Glengoyne THE REAL TASTE OF MALT.

For further details on stockist and distribution details for Glengoyne, contact Alan Wardrop, UK Sales Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers, 01506 852205.

For further information visit: www.glengoyne.com

For more information on the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge see www.scottishfield.co.uk/statistic/w/

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Notes to Editors:

Award-winning Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. The Glengoyne portfolio consists of the 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old Cask Strength, 12 Years Old at 43%, 17 Years Old , 21 Years Old and Vintage 1972 as well as other limited edition special bottlings. 

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep Copper, Meandering Legs

Nose: Red apples, toffee, sherry, spicy strudel.

Mouthfeel: Coating

Initial Taste: Lots of Sherry, honey, oak with a developing aromatic sensation. Ends with a heavenly cinnamon nip.

Finish: Long, sherry, spicy, warm and dry