A distillery has stood on this site since 1833, when the Edmonstone family (the main landowner of the area) began production, passing control to the MacLelland family in the 1850s who, in turn, sold it to the Glasgow-based blender Lang Bros in 1876. It was they who changed the distillery’s original name, Burnfoot, to Glen Guin which was anglicised to Glengoyne in 1905.
It played a vital role within Lang Brothers’ blends [the best known being Supreme] and those of Robertson & Baxter (now Edrington). The latter firm bought Lang Brothers. in 1965.
Single malt bottlings began in the early 1990s, when Glengoyne was sold as ‘the unpeated malt’, while much was also made of the fact that, geographically, the distillery is in the Highlands while its warehouses, directly across the road, are in the Lowlands.
Edrington considered it surplus to its requirements in 2003, selling it to Ian MacLeod for £7.2m. Its new owner has subsequently (and successfully) focused on developing the brand as a single malt and the distillery as a multifunctional tourist destination. It now gets in excess of 50,000 visitors a year.
2014 Glengoyne converted the old barley kiln into a warehouse, complete with a display devoted to their oak casks. Distillery Manager Robbie Hughes coveted this ancient building for its extraordinarily thick walls, stone floor and pagoda roof. It’s the ideal environment to mature a selection of their finest casks. Take the No.1 Warehouse tour for the truly unique experience: They unlock the iron gates, and you can sample and bottle the whisky straight from the cask.
On 17th of November 2020 Glengoyne released their oldest single malt whisky ever, The Glengoyne 50 year old single malt