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Highland Whisky Distilleries Scotland

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This evening, I am undertaking some research on the Highland Region of the Scotch whisky industry. Of the some ninety plus distilleries in Scotland just under one third fall within the Highland region. The Highland distilleries are found north of a line running from the Forth (west) to the Tay (east) and exclude the Western Isles (incl. Islay) and Speyside region.

Historically, the demarcation line arose as a function of (a) differential in tax rates above and below the line and (b) method of distilling ( double vs triple).

In essence, whisky produced in the Highlands tends to low in peaty flavours and light on the palate although care is required with this generalisation.

A tour around these distilleries will afford the visitor with a bonus of superb Highlands landscape views.

The list of Highland region distilleries includes:
  • Aberfeldy
  • Ardmore, Kennethmont
  • Balblair, Tain
  • Ben Nevis, Fort William
  • Blair Atholl, Pitlochry
  • Clynelish, Brora
  • Dallas Dhu, Forres ( a museum)
  • Dalmore, Alness
  • Dalwhinnie, Dalwhinnie
  • Deanston, Doune
  • Edradour, Pitlochry
  • Fettercairn, Fettercairn
  • Glen Garioch, Old Meldrum
  • Glengoyne, Killearn
  • Glenturret, Crieff
  • Glemorangie, Tain
  • Glendronnach, Forgue
  • Glen Ord, Muir of Ord
  • Highland Park, Orkney
  • Macduff, Banff
  • Oban, Oban
  • Old Pulteney, Wick
  • Royal Brackla, Cawdor
  • Royal Lochnagar, Crathie
  • Scapa, Orkney
  • Teaninich, Alness
  • Tomatin, Tomatin
  • Tullibardine, Blackford

Here is a tour group at Edradour

Stills at Tullibardine
Glengoyne tour.
In the course of my Scotland tours I arrange visits to distilleries and am in process of putting a number of dedicated, regional, web pages for whisky tours. A fascinating aspect of Scotland's heritage and economic activity. Whisky ranks as Scotland's single largest manufactured export.


posted by Catswhiskers @ 12:05 PM 


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