GLENGOYNE Distillery has revealed a limited-edition 17 year old single cask bottled in honour of assistant manager Duncan McNicoll, who retired last month after 43 years.

The distillery had asked Duncan, left, to hand-select one cask from the warehouses to be bottled under his own name. With 520 numbered bottles produced, Duncan’s Dram was distilled on April 24, 2002, and has been matured in an American Oak sherry butt.

He has rightly been gifted bottle number one – the remaining bottles are now available to purchase from the Glengoyne Distillery shop and website.

Duncan began his career as a mashman for the distillery in 1977, aged 20. He then worked as a stillman, before becoming assistant distillery manager.

He said: “While sad to be leaving the Glengoyne team, 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.

“With so many stunning drams to choose from it wasn’t easy picking a favourite, but I’m sure this one is a winner.”

Robbie Hughes, group distillation manager at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “Duncan has spent his final years passing on his tremendous knowledge to fellow members of the team, ensuring the same unhurried production methods of Glengoyne carry on for generations to come. Thank you again, Duncan.”