The Heart of the Shropshire Hills
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The Whisky Trail
The Whisky Trail
The Strathspey trail takes in six working distilleries – Benromach, Cardhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet and Strathisla together with the Speyside Cooperage where you can actually see the barrels being made. This can be an interesting, informative day out for all the family with a guided tour of a distillery where you can see, nose and taste the whisky produced, and learn how it is ‘married’ before the final aging process begins. The start of an exciting journey discovering one of Scotland’s biggest exports.
This is a Speyside single malt whisky matured in hand selected oak casks. Benromach was founded in 1898 and is the smallest working distillery in Speyside. Situated on the outskirts of Forres, it is a little further to travel but most certainly worthy of a visit. Guided tours available. www.benromach.com
The Glen of the river Fiddich gives its name to this biggest-selling single malt whisky in the world. The distillery lies on the river Fiddich (meaning that the river runs through the valley of the deer), in Dufftown. This small but world famous distillery was founded in 1886-87 and is still owned by the original family. It is a limited company with its own bottling line on site, producing mature malts some of great value and age. A new product from this distillery is Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liquer. This certainly has to be tasted. www.glenfiddich.com
Created in 1840 Glen Grant has a distinctive taste and pale golden colour unlike the richness of colour normally enjoyed by other single malt whiskies. The interesting process of discovering how this whisky is made together with learning the history of the guardian, Major James Grant (the only distillery named after its owners), make this an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the Victorian Woodland Garden and a free dram in the thatched pavilion. Gift Shop and Exhibition. www.glenlivethouse.co.uk
Cardhu, on a hillside near the Spey, was rebuilt by one of several women prominent in the whisky industry in 1872. Elizabeth Cumming's family were involved with the Johnnie Walker blends which contain Cardhu malt whisky. Recently, however, a single malt Cardhu has been produced and in 1998 a Rare Malts edition. www.malts.com
The distillery is situated on the River Livet which flows into the Spey, deep in the mountains. A prime site as regards water and climate conditions, as the very cold water off the mountains is ideal for the condensers. The malt whiskies produced are of a rare and elegant quality from the most famous whisky producing area in the world. A product greatly influenced by history and politics and the facts regarding domestic and illicit distillation. www.theglenlivet.com
Last in our list but not the least - this is the oldest distillery in the north of Scotland which has been producing whisky since 1786. Dominican monks used the same water, in the13th century, in their beer brewing. The whisky, which has a dry, fruity, oaky taste, is a main contributor to Chivas Regal blend. www.chivas.com