Go on the great Whisky Trail
The Strathspey whisky trail covers six working distilleries from Benromach, Cardhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet and Strathisla together along with the Speyside Cooperage where you can actually see the oak whisky barrels being made. This is an interesting and important part of the whisky process and can be an informative day out for the whole family and with a guided tour of a distillery you can see, nose and taste the whisky that is produced, and learn how it is ‘married’ before the final aging process begins. This is the start of an exciting journey discovering,one of Scotland’s biggest exports,to this day.
This whisky is a Speyside single malt ,matured in selected oak casks. Benromach was founded in 1898 and remains the smallest working distillery in Speyside. Located on the outskirts of Forres, it is worth a visit. For more information on guided tours available visit www.benromach.com
The Glen of the River Fiddich lends its name to this largest selling single malt whisky in the world. The distillery itself lies on the River Fiddich in Dufftown. This famous distillery was founded in 1886-87 and is still belongs to the original family. It is also has its own bottling line in situ producing mature malts some of great value and age. The newest flavour from the distillery is Glenfiddich Malt Whisky liqueur. Visit www.glenfiddich.com
Glen Grant was created in 1840 with a pale golden colour unlike the deepness of colour in most malt whiskies. You can learn about how the whisky is made along with the history of its guardian Major James Grant the only whisky named after it’s owner.
With a thatched pavilion to partake of a wee dram and a woodland garden it really is a place to see. Visit www.glenlivethouse.co.uk
Cardhu lies on a hillside near the river Spey and was rebuilt by one of the most prominent women in the whisky industry. Elizabeth Cumming’s family were heavily involved in Johnnie Walker blends it contains Cardhu malt.
A single malt Cardhu has been produced in 1998. Visit www.malts.com
The Glenlivet distillery lies on the banks of the river Livet which flows into the River Spey deep in the mountains. Perfect with regard to climate and conditions with cold water from the mountains being used in the condensers.
The Malt Whiskies produced are the most famous worldwide. Visit www.theglenlivet.com
Strathisla is the oldest distillery in North Scotland and has been producing Whiskies since 1786. In the13th century the Dominician monks used it in their beer brewing.
The Strathisla whisky blend is the main contributor to Chivas Regal. Visit www.chivas.com