Behind the whisky scene

Glengoyne Distillery set to host in-depth meet the maker tour

Glengoyne Distillery will close its doors for a day next month to host an in-depth whisky tour

GLENGOYNE Distillery is gearing up to host what’s claimed to be the most exclusive event in the Highland single malt’s 185-year history: a closed door, meet the maker event, limited to a select number of whisky aficionados.

Behind the Scenes at Glengoyne Distillery, a one-day event which is limited to 36 people, will offer ticket holders “extensive insight” into its slowly distilled spirit and sherry cask matured whisky from the people who craft Glengoyne.

Taking place on February 16, the event will see Glengoyne’s distillery manager, Robert Hughes, malt master, John Glass, and international brand ambassador, Gordon Dundas, take malt fans through the whisky making practices that have been handed down through the generations at Glengoyne.

Attendees will experience in-depth tours, hands-on activities and “immersive” whisky tastings, including a first taste of Glengoyne’s new bottling for 2019.

The event will culminate in a three-course, whisky-paired lunch; attendees will also leave the distillery with a signed bottle of Glengoyne’s new release.

Katy Macanna, brand manager for Glengoyne, said: “This is the first time that Glengoyne has closed its doors for a true, behind the scenes, exclusive ‘meet the maker’ event.

“We are delighted to be able to give a select group of Glengoyne fans deeper insight than ever before into our unique distillery and its processes.”

The 36 tickets, priced at £180 each, went on sale last month and are said to have sold out within 24 hours.

The announcement of the tour follows the latest malt in Glengoyne’s Teapot Dram series, which was released late last year by parent firm Ian Macleod Distillers.

Teapot Dram Batch No. 006 is matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry oak casks and bottled un-chill filtered at cask strength (59.3% ABV); the whisky is described as having a “rich, amber hue”.