Today, we commenced our tour with a short scenic drive taking in Drumin Castle, a romantic ruin which may date from the 14th century. This took us through some magnificent scenery in the brilliant sunshine with views of the Cairngorms in the distance. Obtained some good photos of both castle and scenery.

Our first distillery tour was the famous Glenfiddich (see image below) where my guests availed of a two and half hour Connoisseur Tour which proved very successful. Glenfiddich has a long pedigree with the malt positioned at the top end of the market. A quality experience.

After a spot of lunch we moved on to nearby Glen Grant and joined the standard distillery tour, which was fine. This distillery is Italian owned and the product is mainly aimed at the Italian market. The whisky is sold relatively young (5-8 yrs), is light and suitable for hot climates.

Next we visited the famous malt bar at Craigellachie Hotel which has some 700 single malts the most expensive of which costs GBP280 per nip! A very helpful and knowledgeable bar tender provided hints and tips.

After a full and satisfying day we returned to Grantown on Spey from where I am writing this.

Tomorrow we plan to visit Aberlour Distillery and possibly Dalwhinnie. Hopefully, the weather will hold out.

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