Gallery: A Visit to Glengoyne Distillery of Scotland

Visitors to the Glengoyne Scotch Whiskey DIstillery just outside Glasgow can discover first hand how the signature spirit of Scotland has been made for centuries.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski


Samples bottles like this fill the blending and tasting room at Glengoyne Distillery, Scotland.

On a recent pass through the big, friendly city of Glasgow, Scotland, I took a detour into the hills outside of the town and up to the old grounds of Glengoyne Distillery.

Thanks to Glengoyne staff tour guide Bill Gallacher, I got a look into the inner workings of a whiskey forging operation that operates around the clock. You can read more about the Scotch distillery process in our feature story about Glengoyne here.

The onsite tour ends with a real treat. VIPs are taken to a combination tasting and blending room and presented with all the tools and ingredients they need to blend their own personal brand of Scotch. 

Six base whiskies are standing by — from mild, sweet and floral Southern Scotland blends to the heavier, smoky flavors of the Northern Highlands. Putting to work a collection of droppers, beakers and test tubes, the amateur distillers blend the aromas and flavors they favor — keeping precise track of how many milliliters of each brand they add.

In the end, the VIP bottles and names their whiskey — signing an official form christening it and labeling their flask for all to see.

I was an amateur boxer for years, and my nephews still call me Uncle Boom Boom. So, I signed off on Boom Boom's Blend. I keep the bottle nearby for a sniff and quick taste of my genius.

Below are just some of the imagery captured as I strolled through the centuries old art of creating Single Malt Scotch Whiskey: