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Olly Smith, one of the UK's most popular and charismatic TV drinks experts, teamed up with Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Whisky at the Ideal Home Show Scotland 2012 in Glasgow earlier this month, to host a number of special tasting sessions across Glengoyne's award-winning core range.
Olly Smith at the Glengoyne Distillery Shop
As Celebrity Drinks Ambassador for the Ideal Home Show, Olly joined the Glengoyne team in the Celebrity Chef Theatre to offer whisky aficionados, as well as complete novices, an entertaining Masterclass on the Glengoyne range and to learn something new about Scotland's national spirit.
Olly also made a special visit to the Glengoyne Distillery to experience the home of the leading malt whisky for himself, meeting Distillery Manager Robbie Hughes and to get a taste for Glengoyne at its source. Glengoyne is one of Scotland's most accessible distilleries, located just 30 minutes north of Glasgow in a beautiful wooded glen overlooking the breath-taking West Highland Way.
(L-R) Glengoyne Distillery Manager, Robbie Hughes; Business Development Manager, Ian MacLeod Distillers & Olly Smith at Glengoyne Distillery
The mouth-watering journey started with the delicate sweet nose of fresh apples from the Glengoyne 10 Years Old, before the enjoying the more bourbon influences of Glengoyne 12 Years Old. A Single Malt which can't help improving with age, the nutty, spicy flavours of the Glengoyne 17 Years Old were the perfect predecessor to the riot of toffee, spice and sherry that the Glengoyne 21 Years Old is famous for.
Olly Smith at the Glengoyne Distillery
Distilled in the heart of The Trossachs for nearly 200 years, Glengoyne Highland Single Malt is one of the leading malt whiskies in the world. Using methods passed down for generations, Glengoyne is made with knowledge, passion and craftsmanship.
Commenting on his partnership with Glengoyne, Olly said: "The Glengoyne range has a vibrant fruity character across the board with delightful purity in every sip, whether it's light and refreshing or deep and rich. The casks impart complexity and depth as the whiskies gently develop with age.
"I loved visiting the intimate Glengoyne Distillery and it was a great opportunity to share these brilliant drinks with visitors at The Ideal Home Show Scotland too."
Olly hosts a variety of live events around the UK including the BBC Good Food Show, Tapas Fantasticas, and previously Masterchef Live, Love Cooking, Taste of London and the F-Word Live for Channel 4. Olly is also a Wine Editor for The Mail on Sunday's Live Magazine, writes weekly for Waitrose Weekend, monthly for Waitrose Kitchen, as well as features for numerous other publications.
Notes to editor:
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 as well as special limited edition bottlings released every year.
Glengoyne is available to purchase from the Glengoyne Distillery, online at www.glengoyne.com and from Selfridges, Milroys, Oddbins, Sainsbury's Royal Mile Whiskies, and other leading Specialists.
For more information on Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Whisky visit www.glengoyne.com
Glengoyne Distillery Tours start from just £6.50, call 01360 550 254 or visit www.glengoyne.com for more details and to book.