Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / March 4, 2020 Scotland’s Glengoyne distillery, until this past January, had in its employee ranks one Duncan McNicoll. McNioll began his career as a mashman there in 1977, aged 20. He then worked as a stillman and latterly as Assistant Distillery Manager over the ensuing decades, finally retiring after some 43 years of working the still equipment. Glengoyne has now released a single cask single malt whisky in his honor. This new Glengoyne 17 Year Old Single Cask release, according to those behind it, was picked out by McNioll from the warehouses to be bottled under his own name. He picked cask number 561, distilled on April 24th, 2002. Only 520 numbered bottles have been produced, and he has “rightly been gifted bottle number one.” “While sad to be leaving the Glengoyne team, said McNioll in a prepared statement, “I have loved every minute of working here. It’s been such a massive part of my life, as well as my family’s. To be asked to personally select a cask for release is a true honour. Every single cask of whisky has its own character and flavour and no two are exactly the same, meaning this single cask release is entirely unique. Duncan McNicoll retired after 43 years at Glengoyne (image via Glengoyne) “With so many stunning drams to choose from it wasn’t easy picking a favourite, but I’m sure this one is a winner.” The limited-edition single cask bottling, noted the distillery, was matured in an American Oak sherry butt, with official tasting notes indicating it imparts “a warm toffee colour with aromas of red apples, rosehip syrup, vanilla fudge, and candied lemons on the nose. It has rich, spicy oak on the palate, with flavours of dark brown sugar and lemon marmalade, and a long finish with a burst of fresh pineapple.” The remaining bottles are now available to buy from the distillery shop as well as from the Glengoyne website. It is bottled at 57.3% ABV and non-chill filtered. The release comes with a neck tag telling the story of its bottling, along with a Glengoyne black canvas bag, and prices at £189, or around $245 USD.