31/07/2017

WhiskyBloke's road trip to Scotland in May 2017

 Here is a photo report from our latest journey to Scotland. Let the pictures speak.





Blasts from the past - two closed distilleries in the Lowlands. The first one just a few miles from Edinburgh airport - Saint Magdalene, founded 1795 - closed 1983.

A few miles to the west, Rosebank distillery . Founded in 1798 - mothballed in 1993.

Tullibardine in Blackford. Founded in 1949, capacity 3 million litres. One of the easiest distilleries to drive to in Scotland. Half an hour drive from Rosebank to the north.

Tullibardine, visitor center
Famous cat - Towser
Famous grouse

Just another half an hour to the north is the Scotland's oldest distillery The Glenturret, founded in 1775.
A very small capacity, only 340 000 litres.

Glenturret, home of the Famous Grouse
On the road to Aberfledy

Aberfeldy distillery, founded in 1896, home of the Dewars. Capacity 3,5 million litres.

Aberfeldy's stylish visitor center


Mystical morning fog in Pitlochry

The spiritual home of Bell's blended whisky in the town of Pitlochry. Founded in 1798, capacity 2,8 million litres.



Blair Athol´s visitor center





Edradour, one of the smallest in Scotland. Founded in 1825, capacity 130 000 litres. Located just a few miles from the Blair Athol distillery.



As the Signatory Vintage is the owner of the Edradour distillery,
you may empty your wallet in their shop at the distillery
,

so let's be careful out there!






No, this is not a picture from the Islay.

Whisky Castle, an excellent whisky shop in Tomintoul.

Tomintoul distillery, founded in 1965. Capacity 3,3 million litres. 5 miles south west from the Glenlivet distillery.


Ballindalloch distillery. Founded in 2014, capacity 100 000 litres.

The Glenlivet distillery. Founded in 1824, capacity 10,5 million litres.

Family-owned Glenfarclas distillery. Founded in 1836, capacity 3,5 million litres.

Moo! When you arrive at Cragganmore, the first thing you'll encounter are cows.
Only a ten minute drive from the Glenfarclas distillery.
Cragganmore distillery, founded in 1869. Note the black fungus on the warehouses.
Cragganmore's cozy visitor center

Dailuaine distillery. Founded in 1852, capacity 5,2 million litres. 10 minute drive from the Cragganmore distillery.



A huge construction site at Macallan




  The Easter Elchies house at the Macallan. The distillery is founded in 1824. 
Today's capacity is 11 million litres but it will rise to 15 million litres when the new distillery is operative.
Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown (founded in 1886). The world´s most sold single malt, capacity a whopping 14 million litres. 
Morris @ the Glenfiddich
If you´re feeling thirsty, turn the tap.


Whisky in the making

Many stills - many shapes

Bottling plant at Glenfiddich


The 3 hour distillery tour starting at The Balvenie.
Founded in 1892, capacity 6,8 million litres.
Traditional floor malting at the Balvenie distillery
You can feel the heat - hard labour (The Balvenie)


No computers, the old school methods rule at Balvenie / Kininvie




Funky beer splashing


The Balvenie distillery cooperage
video 
Professionals at work at the cooperage, noisy job indeed


Empty barrels at the Balvenie backyard
Uuh, that was yammy!
Sample bottles at the Balvenie visitor center
The Balvenie tasting
The Balvenie castle, next to the Glenfiddich distillery. Originally known as Mortlach, it was built in the 12th century.

Aberlour distillery (founded in 1879, capacity 3,8 million litres) in the town of Aberlour. 

‘The mouth of the chattering burn’. The watersource of Aberlour distillery.



The Dronac burn at the GlenDronach. Founded in 1826, capacity 1,4 million litres.





Backyard of GlenDronach distillery

Fill your own bottle from the Distillery Manager´s cask
(GlenDronach distillery), been there - done that.


A beautiful day in "the Valley of the Brambles".


Nice combo at the end of the tour.

Recycling is a beautiful thing.
Obligatory photograph from Scotland
The River Spey

Cardhu distillery. Founded 1824, capacity 3,4 million litres.
Important component in the Johnny Walker blend.

Tamdhu distillery.  Founded in 1896, capacity 4 million litres.

Neighbour distillery of Tamdhu, Knockando distillery. By car only 1 minute drive.
Founded in 1898, capacity 1,4 million litres.


Just a ten minute drive from the Knockando and there is the Dalmunach distillery, founded in 2015. It has been built on the site of the former Imperial distillery. Capacity 10 million litres.


Historic Dallas Dhu distillery. Founded in 1898, closed in 1983, turned into a whisky museum.


Benromach distillery in the town of Forres. The smallest distillery in Speyside, capacity 0,7 million litres. Founded in 1898, owned by the independent bottling company Gordon & MacPhail.


Gordon and MacPhail whisky shop in Elgin.

Benriach distillery (founded in 1897) a few miles south from the city of Elgin, capacity 2,8 million litres.

A view from the Benriach towards Longmorn

Pigs in the field, right next to Benriach distillery. It was an extremely hot day in Scotland, especially in May (+31 celsius)!
Longmorn distillery (founded in 1894), neighbour distillery of Benriach,
capacity 4,5 million liters.

Beautiful Speyburn distillery in Rothes. Founded in 1897, capacity 4,2 million liters.



Glenlossie (founded in 1876) and Mannochmore (founded in 1971) distillery complex. Glenlossie's capacity 3,7 million litres, Mannochmore´s capacity 6 million litres.

Glen Spey distillery (founded in 1878) in Rothes, capacity 1,4 million litres.
The vast majority of the output goes to the blend J&B.

The Glenrothes distillery in the town of Rothes, next to Glen Grant distillery. Founded in 1878, capacity 5,6 million litres, one of the main components in Cutty Sark blend.


Tamnavulin distillery, a 20 minute drive from the world's malt whisky capital Dufftown. Founded in 1966. Capacity 4 million litres, majority of the production is used for blended whiskies. 
Royal Lochnagar distillery, right next to the Balmoral castle. Founded in 1845, capacity only 0,5 million liters.
Royal Lochnagar's cozy visitor center.
Balmoral castle
TOP THREE DRAMS OF THE TRIP:

1974 SC Balvenie at Balvenie distillery, 40+yo.
16 yo SMWS Cragganmore at Craigellachie
Hotel's Quaich Bar.
Juicy and deligthful it was indeed.

23 yo Longmorn single cask at Highlander Inn.
Bottled for Highlander Inn Hotel / bar.

Royal Mile Whiskies at Edinburgh




Distillery facts and figures: Malt Whisky Yearbook 2017