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Glengoyne The Scottish Merchants Choice

7th December 2009
The Merchants Make Their Choice

Glengoyne Distillery challenged some of Scotland’s best known and highly respected independent whisky retailers to select a rare limited edition single cask from the Glengoyne warehouses that they would be proud to name The Scottish Merchants’ Choice.

The selection took place in the Glengoyne distillery’s state-of-the-art Blending Room, the group of six whisky connoisseurs nosed, sampled and debated a wide range of Glengoyne’s finest malts before collectively selecting a 12 Year Old, Sherry HHD cask 57.8% ABV to have the honorary title of The Scottish Merchants’ Choice.

Not only tasked with selecting this exceptional single cask, the merchants’ had to unanimously agree on all of the Merchants’ Choice values, from the bottle, packaging and label design and wording, to its name and tasting notes.

With a great first impression of butterscotch, cloves, leather, spice and Seville oranges, the nose of the Scottish Merchants’ Choice is described as fabulously balanced with an underlay of chocolate. An elegantly rich and fresh palate with sundried fruits, pears and a hint of pepper that plays nicely to the finish.

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, brand owners of Glengoyne commented: “These fine gentlemen are the experts and the critics. It is their job and passion to know and understand Scottish malt whisky better than anyone else. We are delighted to have been able to give them the opportunity to showcase their expertise and skill in choosing the perfect dram.

“We have already had enquires from some of our English independent whisky retailers as to when they will get the chance to make their Merchants’ Choice. I think a bit of healthy North-South rivalry has some great potential.”

Just 284 bottles of this limited edition bottling are now available (just in time for Christmas), from the six selection panel whisky specialists (see below), with an RRP of £99.

The Glengoyne Scottish Merchants Choice was chosen by:
  • Vince Fusaro, Luvians Bottle Shop, Cupar & St Andrews.
  • Brian Gibson, T B Watson, Dumfries & Castle Douglas.
  • Richard Joynson, Loch Fyne Whiskies, Inveraray.
  • Edward Robertson, The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum.
  • Robin Russell, Robbies Drams, Ayr.
  • Keir Sword, Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh & London.


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