Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

Glengoyne Master Distiller | Robbie Hughes | Planet Whiskies Questions and Answers

Planet Whiskies recently approached Robbie Hughes, the Master Distiller of Glengoyne and asked him for a Q&A's session and he kindly accepted. Robbie has worked at the famous Glengoyne distillery since 2003 and his view are very interesting about the Scottish Whisky Industry. Read about his thoughts and how he likes to drink his whisky.

Glengoyne Master Distiller | Robbie Hughes | Planet Whiskies Questions and Answers

Question for the Master Distiller at Glengoyne Distillery

How long have you worked at Glengoyne Distillery?
I have been working at Glengoyne since October 2003

What is your favourite part of the production of whisky?
I always enjoy doing a spirit charge; this is when we establish the alcohol strength, quantity and quality of the most recent batch of spirit we have produced. It’s the point when I can see the fruits of our labour in the distillery and measure our success. From then on the spirit goes into a cask and we don’t see each other again for many years.

How many people help you at the distillery?
Duncan McNicol, Ronnie Palmer, Ewan Hendry, Jim Leslie, Peter Andrew, Jason McCabe, Deek Morrison, Bill McDowell, Chris Ward, Steph McIntyre and Billy Edmiston

What is your favourite Glengoyne malt and why?
My current favourite is the new 15yr old; it is matured predominately in a mix of sherry and bourbon casks. With some refill wood in there too. This is new to us; I enjoy the balance of the sweet/spicy sherry notes and the fresh tropical notes from the bourbon cask. Prior to this it would have been the 17 year old Glengoyne, sadly this is no longer available so I have to move on.

What is the best thing about working with Glengoyne brands?
The Glengoyne range is amazing and it’s developing. There are flavours ranging from the light floral fruity notes of the younger Glengoyne whiskies and they grow and develop with the addition of age and more sherry influence from a larger percentage of sherry wood being used. This builds up spicy notes and sweetness and gives the whisky depth and character.

What places in the world have you travel to under Glengoyne name?
Norway, Sweden, Germany, Spain, England.

What is the best experience with Glengoyne you have undertaken?
I have had many superb experiences with Glengoyne, to name one that stands out as the best? There is a hill behind Glengoyne called Dumgoyne, it’s about 422 metres (1402 feet) high and it is a tough wee hill to climb. The water for the distillery flows down it. Occasionally I have the pleasure of taking visitors to the top of this hill to show them the water source and to let them see the wonderful view. At the top we surprise the visitor and sit down and drink a glass of whisky, mainly because we are exhausted and I am the Scottish equivalent of a St Bernard dog, but the Glengoyne whisky drunk on that hill whilst looking over Loch Lomond is possibly my best experience of Glengoyne and I’m sure the same goes for those up there with me.  

What is your favourite malt outside of Glengoyne?
If I am washed up onto a beach on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and a case of Clynelish 14yr old, a case of Laphroaig 18yr old and a case of Balblair 1997 happened to wash up with me I wouldn’t be looking to get rescued very soon.

What made you get into the whisky industry?
My father, he told me if I didn’t get my backside out of bed and go and speak to Jimmy Yates (distillery manager Balblair in 1984) and ask for a job then I can pack my bag. Best thing I ever did was speak to Jimmy.

What was the first malt you had?
Balblair, can’t remember the age of it but it was straight from a cask and it made my toes curl for three days.

Do you have many whiskies in a personal collection?
I have about twenty bottles of whisky open at the moment in my drinks cabinet and a further 130 to 140 all lining up to join them. I have 77 different bottles of Glengoyne. I do have whiskies that are special to me and I will never open because they were given to me at a certain time in my career, maybe a centenary bottle for example.

Do you meet up with any other master distillers for other Scottish distillery and discuss the whisky industry?
Yes, there are a couple of dinners every year when we get together and have a good dram and a blether.

With your malts do you normally have them straight, with water, or ice? and does this depend of the malt and where the malt is from?
I will always add a little water to my whisky. If I have never tried a whisky before I will try it neat first and then add a little water. If I don’t particularly enjoy the whisky I have been given then I may add some ice instead of water, this is a rare event.

What do you see in store for the whisky industry in the years ahead?
The industry has seen rapid growth over the last five years after decades of inactivity. A slowdown in this growth and expansion must happen soon. In the Scotch industry   sourcing raw materials mainly wood and barley is challenging, in addition to Scotch there are more and more excellent whiskies being produced globally so there will be stronger competition for limited resources.

Final what would you like to do in the future within the whisky industry?
I am happy to continue to produce Glengoyne single malt whisky

Planet Whiskies would like to thank Robbie for his time answers the above quesitons.

The Glengoyne Distillery Production Team

Read about Planet Whiskies tour of the Glengoyne Distillery

See the range of malts at Glengoyne Distillery

Read more about The Glengoyne Distillery

Visit the Glengoyne Distillery website

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Tasting Sets for Whisky and Gin

Whisky gift for Father's Day 2019

BUY WHISKY TASTING SET FOR £24.95

Gin gift for Father's Day 2019

BUY GIN TASTING SET FOR £24.95

VIEW OTHER IDEAL WHISKY GIFTS FOR FATHER'S DAY 2019

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required


Loch Fyne Whiskies

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Have you seen all the whisky specials on offer at Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray? All orders placed have next day delivery. Click to discover all these fantastic offers... Read More

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

View latest whisky news

Three Golds Landed By Welsh Whisky Company at the Prestigious International Wine & Spirit Awards

3 Golds Landed By Welsh Whisky Company at the Prestigious International Wine & Spirit Awards

Penderyn, a unique Welsh whisky distillery based in the Brecon Beacons, is celebrating having taken home three prestigious gold awards at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Get ready! Round three of The Glenfiddich Festival Experiment is coming - bigger, better and louder than ever

Get ready! Round three of The Glenfiddich Festival Experiment is coming - bigger, better and louder than ever

Back by popular demand, The Glenfiddich Festival Experiment #3 is returning once again to say thank you to the nation’s bartenders. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Redbreast 12 Year Old Soars In Global Spirits Tastings

Redbreast 12 Year Old Soars In Global Spirits Tastings

Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which is crafted at Midleton Distillery by Irish Distillers – the producer of some of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys – has taken home the World Whisky Trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most influential spirits competitions, now in it’s 50th year.  Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual.

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual.

Cù Bòcan, is relaunching with a new look and range designed to unlock the unusual. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Pure Scot Collaborates With Australian Street Artist Vexta On One-Of-A-Kind Art Installation

Pure Scot Collaborates With Australian Street Artist Vexta On One-Of-A-Kind Art Installation

Australian-owned Scotch Whisky, Pure Scot, is celebrating its collaboration with Australian street artist, Vexta. In September, a custom art installation will be created at the home of Pure Scot, Bladnoch Distillery, situated deep in the Scottish Lowlands. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

William Grant & Sons UK Appoints Jody Buchan as Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador to Scotland and the North of England

William Grant & Sons UK Appoints Jody Buchan as Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador to Scotland and the North of England

Monday 5th August, 2019: Independent family distillers William Grant & Sons UK has confirmed that co-owner of Kin Edinburgh, Jody Buchan, has taken on the role of first ever Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador to Scotland and the North. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

 

Great Whiskies Website

Buy Whisky online go to Great Whiskies (Planet Whiskies sister website)

Planet Gin Website

To read all the Latest Gin News. please go to our sister website - www.planetgin.com

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Some Scottish Whisky Available to Buy Online

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Feis Ile 2016 Single Malt Whisky
Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Feis Ile 2016 Single Malt Whisky ~ 49.5% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £495.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Highland Park 25 Year Old - 1990s Single Malt Whisky
Highland Park 25 Year Old - 1990s Single Malt Whisky ~ 50.7% ~ 70cl

Region: Island  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £750.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


A Very Special Speyside 40 Year Old 1968 - Glenkeir Treasures (Douglas Single Malt Whisky
A Very Special Speyside 40 Year Old 1968 - Glenkeir Treasures (Douglas Single Malt Whisky ~ 56.7% ~ 70cl

Region: Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,000.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glencraig 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 4283) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Si Single Malt Whisky
Glencraig 42 Year Old 1976 (cask 4283) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Si Single Malt Whisky ~ 42% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,250.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


The Macallan 10 Year Old (Old Label) Single Malt Whisky
The Macallan 10 Year Old (Old Label) Single Malt Whisky ~ 40% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £595.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glen Grant 1970 (bottled 2017) (cask 3482) - Samaroli Single Malt Whisky
Glen Grant 1970 (bottled 2017) (cask 3482) - Samaroli Single Malt Whisky ~ 40% ~ 70cl

Region: Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,279.75
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015) Single Malt Whisky
Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015) Single Malt Whisky ~ 56.1% ~ 70cl

Region: Highland  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £499.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenfiddich 33 Year Old 1973 - Vintage Reserve Single Malt Whisky
Glenfiddich 33 Year Old 1973 - Vintage Reserve Single Malt Whisky ~ 46.5% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,000.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glen Ord 23 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts Single Malt Whisky
Glen Ord 23 Year Old 1974 - Rare Malts Single Malt Whisky ~ 60.8% ~ 70cl

Region: Highland  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £395.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/37) - Signatory Single Malt Whisky
Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/37) - Signatory Single Malt Whisky ~ 48.1% ~ 70cl

Region: Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £699.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter