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.

The visitor centre is very well presented with latest visual aids to help understanding of the whisky making process. Unfortunately, photography inside the distillery is very restricted.

Snow capped Ben Rinnes taken from the distillery

Barrel making exhibition at the Visitor Centre

Another view from the distillery

Elsewhere today, I have been very busy with tour enquiries covering:

  • Isle of Skye
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Scottish Gardens
  • Ireland
  • Self-Drive tours

Also, posted information to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog on Arthur White who died in

Weather in Glasgow has deteriorated with low temperatures and snow. Worse to come over the next 24 hours! May have to reconfigure upcoming private tour.

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