Has anyone taken a guided tour of whisky distilleries around Scotland, and can recommend a tour company? My husband and I would love to join a small tour...you know, a typical RS-style tour, but with a focus on distilleries. ;) Thanks!
I've only toured distilleries on my own. But, I do have a great book for you to pick up. It's call Raw Spirit, by Iain Banks. It's about his search for the perfect dram. If you are interested in whisky and Scotland you can' t go wrong with this great book. It you like driving it's even better. :)
Thank you, Pam, it sounds great!
Did you have any favorite distilleries? Especially those off the beaten path?
I've never heard of such a tour, but I'd think all they'd do is shuttle you around with maybe a little history spiel and leave the interior of the distillery business to the people who own it.
There's a distillery on just about every creek.
All have some kind of tour conducted by employees, judging by the signs and parking lots.
All work exactly the same.
All look about the same once you're inside.
All claim they have something special.
The Whisky Trail is a commercial ploy by one manufacturer with multiple brands.
Absent a pilgrimage to where your favorite is brewed, pick a river (Spey ?), a town (Pitlochry ?), or an island (Islay ?) that has more than one and nose around in a more compact area. After you've seen a couple, you would have probably checked that box.
I actually haven't toured many distilleries although I've sipped a lot of whisky! I like Atholl in Pitlochry. My family has been to Highland Park way north in Orkney and enjoyed it. I have friends who enjoyed Muir of Ord.
Actually, if I were to pick a place that I would like to go on a whisky pilgrimage it would Islay.
We did a little "whisky trail" of our own making last May with our whisky-enthusiast friends. Went to Highland Park, Dalwhinnie, Talisker and Cardhu. I don't like whisky but the Talisker was my favourite. They served it with some chocolate fudge truffle and it was really nice. We also loved Skye in general so I would recommend getting there if possible.
You can get a little whisky passport and get it stamped as you go. I can't remember the details but it seems to me you get the odd little freebie and it is fun to collect the stamps.
Thanks for all the good suggestions, everyone!