Glengoyne Whisky Tastings – Leslie’s Bar, Edinburgh
It is early afternoon on Monday 23rd August, Jim and Nicola are heading to Edinburgh by train for our double tasting day.
Our first tasting was being held in Leslie’s Bar, one of Edinburgh’s finest Whisky and real ale houses, Jim and Nicola arrived just before our 4 o’clock tasting and were met by Gavin the owner/manager of this wonderful and atmospheric bar, who took us through to a snug/lounge bar where the tastings were being held.
In the snug there was two couples, both of them from the USA and a member of Leslie’s bar staff and of course the Whisky Boys, We were all introduced to our hosts for the tastings, Joe and Arthur from Glengoyne Distillery, Arthur took the lead and gave the tasters a brief history of the Distillery.
After all the introductions, we were then taken through the malts that were going to be tasted, and these were :-
Glengoyne 10 Year Old Highland Single Malt 40% Alc/vol
Glengoyne 12 Year Old Cask Strength Highland Single Malt 57.2% Alc/vol
Glengoyne 17 Year Old Highland Single Malt 43% Alco/vol
Glengoyne 21 Year Old Highland Single Malt 43% Alco/vol
All of these drams were very individual and each one had its own character, Jim’s favorite was the 17 Year Old and Nicola’s was the 21 Year Old.
What really helped to make this wee tasting special was first, the venue a great bar with professional staff and Gavin who was always in charge and was a great host, and second was Joe and Arthur from Glengoyne who certainly loved their job and never tired of answering all our questions and we all felt that they would have been very happy to have sat there all day chatting and discussing all things Whisky and especially Glengoyne Whisky.
Glengoyne have two great guys in Joe and Arthur a credit not only to their Distillery but to Scotch Malt Whisky in general.
We got a wee bit of news from Arthur, he confirmed to us that Glengoyne Chistmas Festival is on in the first week in December, so check out their website www.glengoyne.com for all the up and coming news and events including all their bottlings.
To finish we have to give a big thanks to Gavin Blake of Leslie’s Bar who sent us the invite, and a big thanks to Joe and Arthur from Glengoyne Distillery whose choice of drams and their enthusiasm were first class.
The Whisky Boys can only encourage all our readers to visit Glengoyne Distillery and their website, we would also suggest that if you manage to visit Edinburgh and would like to enjoy a real ale or a special Single Malt then check out Leslie’s Bar, 45/47 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SU, tel. 0131 667 7205, you will enjoy a great drink in a fantastic bar.
When you visit Glengoyne Distillery or chat to Gavin in Leslie’s Bar remember to tell them the Whisky Boys sent you.