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Whisky with a story. Auld Goonsy is an old timer in the whisky industry and has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in the cooperage of bonded warehouses and also in distilleries throughout Scotland.

Known as a bit of a joker, he is here to provide his tales of the industry. Some stories that will make you laugh and maybe some that will surprise or shock you! Talking in his conventional Scottish dialect, there may be some of you that don’t quite understand everything he says, but we will try to translate where necessary!

He has called on many of his old friends, ex-distillery managers and whisky enthusiasts to reminisce about their times working with all things whisky. With his pals of old codgers, they have collectively selected special casks of whisky that they think is perfect to put in a bottle. That’s what is so special about a Single Cask. It is unique and not often offered out to the worldwide whisky drinkers from distilleries. Auld Goonsy and his team are able to choose casks from just about any distillery in Scotland, mature it further before offering it to you at an affordable price.

The main theme of the range is Single Cask bottlings where the panel of ‘auld yins’ select the cask and then have it bottled (we think they enjoy their job too much as they seem to sample too many casks before selecting the ‘special one’). Some casks will be bottled at Cask Strength, such as the amazing first release in 2020 of the Caol Ila 12 Year Old at a staggering 58.2% and limited to only 291 bottles. Others will be bottled at a strength that the panel feel is just right for that dram. The second release from Auld Goonsy was a very enjoyable Teaninich 12 Year Old, bottled at 50.0% ABV and limited to only 355 bottles.

The team are also using their expertise to choose various finishes to the whisky by re-racking the casks into other wood such as sherry or wine casks. These flavours will also bring more uniqueness to the single cask offerings.

Auld Goonsy is also known for some poems after a few drams so keep visiting our website and social platforms. We tried to get Auld Goonsy to post on his social media but he said he’d ‘rather leave that tae the young yins’.

From a real character, and with real stories, we bring to you a range of whiskies for you to enjoy whilst uncovering many stories that maybe you didn’t know actually existed!

Enjoy responsibly

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DAILUAINE 11 YEAR OLD @ 50.0%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Pale Gold
Nose – Fragrant, fresh linen, fruity and floral
Palate – Baking spice, nutmeg, young apples
Finish – Pear drops, fresh fruit and lingering sherbet.

AULD GOONSY SAYS: Matured for 11 years in a sweet hogshead, this Speyside malt is like walking in a flower meadow, smells like spring has sprung with a sweet and fruity treat.

INFO: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky .Cask Number 310721. Filled 13/07/2009. Limited to 331 bottles.

ARDMORE 12 YEAR OLD, SLIGHTLY SMOKED @ 48.5%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Old gold.
Nose – Subtle smokiness, honey, toffee apple and the deep forest.
Palate – Creamy vanilla toffee, waves of peat smoke, subtle spice.
Finish – Lingering full body, dry, gentle spicy finish.

AULD GOONSY SAYS: Matured for 12 years in a second fill barrel from an Islay distillery, this Highland malt is uplifting, like familiar old gold, friendly, inviting and a dram you want to last forever.

INFO: Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 706110 Filled 10/11/2008. Limited to 287 bottles.

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LINKWOOD 12 YEAR OLD @ 50.0%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Barley corn
Nose – Lemon drops, fresh barley and sour apple sweets
Palate – Juicy green fruit, oak, banana split, patisserie
Finish – Plum tart, vanilla, green tea.

AULD GOONSY SAYS:

INFO: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 303023. Filled 22/07/2008. Limited to 319 bottles.

LOCHINDAAL 10 YEAR OLD FIRST FILL BOURBON BARREL @ 46.0%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Burnished
Nose – Camp fire smoke, toasted marshmallow and orange peels.
Palate – Apricots, oak, seaweed, smoky.
Finish – Peach, dry and lingering pipe tobacco smoke

AULD GOONSY SAYS: Distilled at the Bruichladdich distillery, this Islay malt will awaken all senses, lively whiffs of smoke with a breath of sea air.

INFO: Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 4359. Filled 02/12/2010. Limited to 292 bottles.

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BENRINNES 12 YEAR OLD CASK STRENGTH 55.9%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Pale Gold
Nose – Biscuity, tangy with a touch of ginger
Palate – Ripe plums, stewed fruit, dry and malty
Finish – Roasted almonds, hints of raspberry, slightly dry finish.

AULD GOONSY SAYS: Matured in a refill hogshead for 12 years and bottled at cask strength, this Speyside malt is like home-made fruit pies with secret spice from a well kept larder.

INFO: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 307314. Filled 01/07/2008. Limited to 267 bottles.

MANNOCHMORE 12 YEAR OLD, OLOROSO SHERRY CASK FINISH @ 48.5%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Dark copper
Nose – Sherried spice, bramble pie with marzipan notes.
Palate – Mixed raisins, Christmas cake and nutmeg.
Finish – Warm finish of nectarines, marmalade and crème caramel

AULD GOONSY SAYS: Matured in a first fill European hogshead for 11 years and then finished in a first fill oloroso cask, that this Speyside malt is like a good old rich Clootie dumpling, covered in cream.

INFO: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask Number 917. Filled 30/01/2009 Limited to 199 bottles.

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DAILUAINE 12 YEAR OLD SHERRY BUTT, CASK STRENGTH 57.8%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Mahogany teak
Nose – Caramel, chocolate shortcake.
Palate – Toffee, fruit salad, honey, creamy sweetness.
Finish – Sweet, slightly nutty, cinnamon.

AULD GOONSY SAYS: Matured for the full 12 years in a large Sherry Butt, this Speyside malt is like a Scottish waterfall, gushing with tongue tingling flavours and as dainty as the sugarplum fairy.

INFO: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 308909. Filled 01/07/2008. Limited to 720 bottles.

TEANINICH 12 YEAR OLD @ 50.0%

TASTING NOTES:
Appearance – Fine gold leaf Nose – Creamy, buttery, earthy, vanilla tones.
Palate – Toffee apple, warm pastries, vanilla ice-cream
Finish – Fudge, mixed berries, white chocolate.

AULD GOONSY SAYS: This Highland malt is like a favourite dessert, a vanilla milkshake and an aftertaste of a sticky toffee pudding. He has worked in the whisky industry for years starting off in a cooperage and has called on some old pals including ex distillery managers to help him select the best whiskies to put in a bottle.

INFO: Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 309900. Filled 16/06/2008. Limited to 355 bottles.

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CAOL ILA 12 YEAR OLD CASK STRENGTH 58.2%

TASTING NOTES:

Appearance – Gold leaf, manuka honey.
Nose – Smokey, creamy, crushed almonds and pine cones.
Palate – Subtle smokiness, toasted marshmallow and nutty.
Finish – Peppery, char-grilled, dark chocolate.

AULD GOONSY SAYS: This 12 Year Old Islay single malt is like breathing in a peat fire, BBQ pulled pork and it is peppery with a comforting creamy aftertaste.

INFO: Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Cask Number 309900. Filled 23/05/2008. Limited to 291 bottles.

Auld Goonsy’s Dram Good Stories

What a laugh we had enjoying a wee dram and telling our stories about how the distillery boys used to sneak whisky out of the distillery and I remembered a few tricks from my cooperage days too.  I’ll never forget Willie’s story about ‘Walking the dog’ and Angus’s tale about a ‘Hot Water Bottle’. My old pal Tom from Islay has shared many stories with me over the years and I might just tell you a few more.

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Walking the Dog

Willie tells the tale that his new Brewer was watching one of the boys for weeks before he worked out what he was up to. Every morning Joe arrived at work, full of life, working away, carrying out his duties, moving the casks from the filling room into the warehouse in the morning. Fit as a fiddle he was.

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The Hot Water Bottle

Working in a warehouse at a remote distillery in the middle of winter is no easy task. It’s cold damp work, these guys are moving casks in and out, checking on casks and even although the aroma in the warehouse is really quite wonderful as they breath in the ‘Angel’s Share’, it’s a bloody cold place to be.

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There’s Smoosh Loose Aboot this Hoose!

The Cooperage was no different to the distillery, we men would always find a way of making the most of what was on offer, it was seen as a perk of the job. We were working with the finest oak wood casks, some of them had been used for many years, sometimes as much as 80 years ….

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The Bible

Tom told me many a story over the years, sitting by his coal fire sharing a dram. He was a man who had been brought up by a mother who worked in a distillery for many years. Aye, it’s true, there were quite a few women involved with whisky through the years.

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