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Browsing Posts published in March, 2010

Pheasant and Duck

Image above was taken at Grantown-on-Spey a few days ago. Unusual to see pheasant and duck feeding together.

Today, I have ben preoccupied in researching a Scotland gardens tour including Greenbank, Benmore, Inveraray, Crarae, Arduaine, An Cala, Abriachan, Cawdor Castle, Explorers, Branklyn and Bell’s Cherrybank. This will be undertaken over four days. Have also been working on a golf tour for 2011.

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This evening, my theme is Macallan Scotch Whisky which has been distilled on Speyside since 1824.

Macallan is positioned at the top end of the market and promoted as a ‘luxury’ brand. Water is sourced below ground from boreholes and the malted barley is lightly peated. To accommodate demand a former ‘mothballed’ section of the distillery has been brought back into use and adapted to latest technology. Macallan is noted for its small, onion shaped stills. The oak casks for maturation are critically important and here Macallan works in close cooperation with the Spanish Government which controls the oak forests from which casks are made in which oloroso sherry is first matured before being recycled into the whisky industry.

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This evening, my theme is Glenfarclas whisky distillery which sits on open farmland beneath Ben Rinnes. This distillery was originally founded in 1836 and has remained independent under ownership of the J&G Grant family.

Key feature of this distillery is the six, very large direct pot stills and use of outside condensers. The whisky is matured in, predominantly, sherry casks and matured for 10, 12, 21, 25 and 30 years. The malt is very lightly peated.

An interesting aspect of this distillery is the black mould-covered walls of the warehouses. The mould is a form of lichen which thrives on then whisky fumes.

This distillery is open to the public and offers good value tours.

Elsewhere today:

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