Glengoyne Distillery has responded to the wishes of its staff and launched a limited edition Scottish Oak Wood finish. The 15 year old whisky believes it is the first and only distillery to use Scottish oak.
The new whisky – which will be limited to 1,500 cases – restores a link from the distillery’s past, because previous owners Edrington used to produce a highly successful version.
But in meeting the call from distillery workers to reintroduce it was not easy, says Glengoyne’s director of whisky operations Gordon Doctor.
“It is very difficult to get hold of Scottish oak,” he says. “It all got used up in the building of the Scottish parliament building. “But we had some put aside and we got the Speyside Cooperage to make the casks.”
The resulting whisky – the latest in a number of new bottlings from the proactive distillery – has vanilla and honeycomb notes and is described as being rich and velvety on the palate with apple crumble and vanilla custard then rich bitter dark chocolate notes. The finish is described as long, dry and oaky.
“We are expecting this to be very popular,” says Gordon Doctor. “Whether we do more remains to be seen but we would be mad not to look at it if people are interested.” More information on the new product can be found at http://www.glengoyne.com