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A Quartet of Victories for Glengoyne

11th May 2017

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is celebrating after being awarded four top accolades at the esteemed Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017, held in New York on 29 March.


The Glengoyne 15 Year Old scooped the ultimate award of Chairman’s Trophy, a citation of excellence, and was awarded an outstanding 97 points. This was closely followed by the 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old expressions, also finalists, which both received an impressive 95 points. Glengoyne Cask Strength completed the victory, being awarded 94 points.  


The international challenge, which is now in its eighth year, aims to establish a higher standard of evaluation for spirits and produce meaningful results in promoting the quality of beverage alcohol products.


Neil Boyd, Commercial Director of Malts at Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of Glengoyne, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that four expressions from Glengoyne have received these spectacular accolades in an internationally-renowned competition. Glengoyne is a result of time, craft and care, and these awards serve as recognition for all the painstaking hard work that goes in to creating our collection of malts.”


The Ultimate Spirits Challenge took place at UBC's Evaluation Center based in Hawthorne, New York. Conceived by F. Paul Pacult, the Ultimate Spirits Challenge is based on exacting standards, concentrated judging time and rigorous methodology. Each spirit entered receives a unique score (on the classic 100-point scale) as well as detailed tasting notes from the judges. Glengoyne Distillery is owned by one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. Glengoyne runs the slowest stills in Scotland to build up fruity richness and fill the finest Oloroso Sherry casks.  No one takes more time and care.

Glengoyne, being uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence, runs its stills slower than any other distillery in order to create the rich, bold flavours for which the brand is known. The Glengoyne Highland Single Malt range is matured in the finest oak casks from within its traditional dunnage warehouses. 



Glengoyne 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Appearance: Bright gold.

Nose: Initial hit of sweet lemon gives way to warm toffee popcorn.

Taste: Oily and mouth coating. Sweet citrus becomes walnuts and a nip of cinnamon.

Finish: Drying with subtle oak.


Glengoyne 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Appearance: Natural, rich gold.

Nose: Coconut oil, honey, lemon zest, dried oak.

Taste: Toffee apples, cinnamon spice, ginger, orange, shortbread.

Finish: A hint of sherry and soft oak. Very well balanced.


Glengoyne 18 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Appearance: Medium gold with a rich glow.

Nose: Awash with red apple and ripe melon. Heavenly and well rounded, it drifts into hot porridge topped with brown sugar.

Taste: Full bodied, round and rich. At first macerated fruits, marzipan and walnuts; then warm spices, dry cocoa and lingering Seville marmalade.

Finish: Long, warm and dry.


Glengoyne Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch 4 @ 58.8% vol

Appearance: Amber gold.

Nose: Ripe banana, warm baked custard, peppered strawberries, digestive biscuits, soft oak and a short sherbet tingle.


For more information: Emma Craig

Taste Communications


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