Distilleries


Ballechin 10 years

Ballechin ten year old peated whisky
Ballechin is the name given to the peated whisky (50 ppm) from Edradour distillery, the production of which started in 2003. The Ballechin 10 years was first released in 2014, which explains why I don’t recall seeing it on the shelves during my previous visit to the distillery. Although I don’t remember exactly, this must have been in 2008 and, at that time, Edradour was still able to confidently market itself as the ‘smallest distillery in Scotland’. So a recent visit to Pitlochry granted me the opportunity to take another wee nosey around and pick up a miniature ...

The Fife Whisky Trail

Old whisky bond warehouse door
A wee while ago, I wrote a blog piece for the lovely people at Angels' Share Glass and completely forgot to post it to my own site. So, here it is; better late than never... The Kingdom of Fife is currently undergoing a renaissance in whisky making. With Douglas Clement’s ‘Dream to Dram’ creation of Kingsbarns distillery, Eden Mill’s innovative new wood policy, the opening of Lindores distillery in autumn this year, the ingenuity of Inchdairnie, the huge presence of Cameronbridge grain distillery, all whilst waiting for the first release from Daftmill, the future ...

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BenRiach 16 years

four miniatures of benriach whisky
During the Spirit of Speyside festival, at the end of April and the beginning of May last year, I visited BenRiach distillery for the first time. It was very shortly after the announcement that Brown-Forman had acquired the three distilleries in the BenRiach Disitllery Company – BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh – for £281 million. Widely agreed that £281 million was over the odds but, now, Brown –Forman have a stake in the scotch malt whisky industry once again.  Everyone at the distillery seemed very positive about the news and, I’m guessing, none more ...

Aberfeldy Distillery

cask of whisky in a warehouse
Staying with friends at the Moness resort, barely a mile away from Aberfeldy Distillery, it would have been almost criminal not to head there for a visit. The three of us embarked on the Cask Tasting Tour (essentially the main tour with the added opportunity to taste a whisky straight from the cask in the warehouse). Despite being relatively small, it's obvious that a huge amount of thought and effort has gone in to creating a full visitor experience at Aberfeldy Distillery. Starting off with a short film of the history of Dewar's, we then took a look around the museum ...

Dartmoor Distillery

cognac stills
As a Devonshire lass, I've been following the progress of Dartmoor distillery with much interest. Recently, I was lucky enough to pay the distillery a visit. I was also lucky enough to have the company of Jo Lawson (@alpacajo on twitter) and we were kindly shown around by Greg Miller, one of the distillery's founders.Located in the converted town hall in Bovey Tracey, with its water supply coming from nearby Princetown, Dartmoor Distillery isn't the most conventional looking! Although still very much at the construction stage, everything is beginning to fall into place ...