- What distillery? Whisky and Scotland content
We’re away up to Scotland next week. We’re stopping near Forres and Elgin.
What distilleries do good tours?
We went to the Glen Moray distillery last year. The tour was excellent, and the guide gave lots of samples at the bar afterwards, even opening some new bottles of rather expensive stuff because someone asked a question about them.
Where else nearby does a good tour/taste? Nowhere too uptight, as we’ll have our 3 and 5-year-olds with us.Posted 9 years ago
No. They’re open. WhiskytrailPosted 9 years ago
The best way is to decide which ones you like and phone them for a tour. Be aware though that there are 2 feet of snow around Glenlivet etc just now.
The cairngorm brewery is worth a trip in Aviemore too. They do free tours and you’ll leave half cut! It’s right next door to Fat Tread too which is a bonus.AndyPMember
I highly recommend the Arran distillery, but sounds as though you’re going nowhere near it. We turned up at the end of a huge ride, covered in mud etc, and proceeded to get trollied for about £3.Posted 9 years ago
‘yes this is a very very rare edition. I suppose you want to try this one too? Why not hey… (glug glug)’
Brilliant stuff, and damn fine malt too.footstomperMember
Did a 2 day Speyside whisky trail on bikes a few years back. I would say the one we enjoyed the most was the Arbelour Distillary great people who where very informative and they did a fantastic high strength cask whisky, the Glenfiddich distillary is also well worth a visit!Posted 9 years ago
We stayed in a B&B just up the road from the Hotel (can’t remember the name)which stocks over 500 different types ranging from Bells to £100+ a shot whisky’s the most expensive one looks as if it had been made using Tar it was that dark. The hotel is well worth a visit if you can find the name using google search engine.
I am sure I have a photo of the whisky wall there, I will upload it tonight from home if I can find it.jojoA1Member
the Glen Moray Visitor Centre is a 5 min walk from me and it’s where I go from work to get a decent coffee 😀
The Glen Grant Distillery in Rothes would be my recommendation. It has a visitor centre and shop and also has lovely gardens that will look fantastic in the snow, ask the guide about the secret whisky safe up in the gorge. My friend used to be a stillman there and we had a private tour where he took us to the whisky safe that’s set into the rock and gave us a taster that was diluted with water straight from the stream. There’s a pavilion thing in the gardens where the ceiling is decorated with deer antlers and is quite spectacular.
You can also see Ben Aigen across the way and admire where Moray could have had trails to rival Glentress, had the land been used well, but now has a trail famed for it’s unpleasant hard work to fun ratio.Posted 9 years ago
My friend used to be a stillman there and we had a private tour where he took us to the whisky safe that’s set into the rock and gave us a taster that was diluted with water straight from the stream. There’s a pavilion thing in the gardens where the ceiling is decorated with deer antlers and is quite spectacular.
I think my mum’s uncle helped to build that; he’s one of the rellies we’re visiting in Elgin.Posted 9 years agofootstomperMember
I went up again last year and cycled around inverness where my friends live, he took us across the river on the fringes of the Speyside area along some fantastic country lanes through small villages and past countless forest’s. It was while we where riding through one of the forest’s that we came across where some of the distillery’s store their whisky in massive warehouses. They must have been the size of an aircraft hanger and there was loads of them in fact around the whole perimiter it must have been 6-8 miles and very well secured. Thats a whole lot of whisky being stored.Posted 9 years ago
Did anyone watch James May (From Top Gear)last week on his quest to find the perect drink in the country? He was up in scotland finding out how they make whisky and one of the facts they came up with is the amount that is lost during the distilling which they call the ‘Angels Share’ it is a stggering 100 million + bottles a year 😕
Speyside Cooperage is what passes as a visitor attraction round these parts! I’ve never been but my wife says it’s worth a visit and the cafe is quite good. That’s if you can get there, there’s a couple of feet of snow and I’ve just driven back from Aviemore in a blizzard. Strangely, it’s not front page news and everyone hasn’t stayed at home! 😛Posted 9 years ago
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