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Saturday, October 10, 2009

This evening, I am sitting in a restaurant at Grantown-on-Spey in the Highlands of Scotland reflecting on Day 1 of a private Whisky themed tour.

I collected my guests from central Glasgow at 0915 and from there drove to Auchentoshan Distillery on the city's outskirts and duly connected with the 10.00am distillery. At last minute a group of 20 plus Swedish visitors arrived who 'swamped' the tour but nevertheless the tour went ahead. The tour experience was 'OK' but I wish the group had been split into two more manageable groups. Auchentoshan is classified as a 'Lowland' distillery because the whisky spirit is triple distilled as compared with the double distillation common in the vast majority of Scottish distilleries.

Next we headed north to Blackford in Perthshire to have a spot of lunch and join the 1.00pm distillery tour at Tullibardine. This distillery is privately owned and provides an excellent tour led by a genteman who obviously has a deep understanding of the distillery, its product and the wider industry. I am a great fan of Tullibardine distillery tours notwithstanding the malt does not have a high profile in the market. Image below was taken at Tullibardine.

Next we headed north into Highland Perthshire to Edradour Distillery which is close to Pitlochry. Edradour is Scotland's smallest distillery and under private ownership. There is an unusual paradox here in that the distillery are free but of high quality. The owner appears to have a successful business model focused on rare and unusual malts. The tour guides are first class incorporating a sense of humour in their spiel which is not overly technical.

Next we drove up to Grantown, Speyside where we are staying overnight to be well positioned for tomorrow's tour of three Speyside distilleries. Weather has held out so far, fingers crossed for tomorrow!

This evening my guests are availing of a whisky themed meal at the upscale Craggan Mill restaurant.

Watch this space for report on tomorrow's tour which includes Glenfiddich.

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