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Private Speyside Whisky Tour Scotland

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today turned out fine. After overnighting at the very comfortable, 5 star An Cala Guest House at Grantown-on-Spey we drove up the Spey valley through some spectacular scenery and encountered a wide variety of wildlife and animals including birds of prey, hundreds of pheasants, Llamas and Highland Cattle.

We arrive at Aberlour Distillery in good time for our tour which was of the 'Connoisseur' variety, lasting over two hours and ending with a tasting of 5 whiskies. Tour Guide was first class. The distillery dates from 1826 but was rebuilt by James Fleming in 1879 and is now owned by Pernod Ricard of France. Aberlour produces a 10 yr old 40pct, 12 year old 40pct., 15 yr old 40pct and A'Bunadh 59.6pct.

Next we moved on to nearby Glenfiddich for a spot of lunch and another Connoisseur Tour led by another competent tour guide.

Glenfiddich was founded in 1887 by one William Grant (who literally built the distillery with his own hands) since when then product has become the world's biggest selling single malt which is made with lightly peated water from the Robbie Dhu spring nearby. Glenfiddich operates 28 stills in trios. A combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks are used along with new oak from which various expressions are married and experimentation with new blends is carried out.

Glenfiddich uses traditional practices to produce its whisky, principally the 12 year old Special Reserve 40pct but also a 15 year old 40pct., and an 18 year old 40pct.

Excellent tour of all facets of the distillery and warehouse (maturing whisky) which culminated in a tasting session of the various malts.

Tasting at Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Distillery
Stills at Glenfiddich
Mash Tuns at Glenfiddich

Tasting at Aberlour
Stills at Aberlour
Taking away the freshly distilled spirit at Aberlour

Tour Group at Aberlour
Rare and expensive whisky at Aberlour

Pheasant in Spey Valley
Llamas in the Spey Valley

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