Snow Grouse Grain Whisky

Snow Grouse Grain Whisky at Glenturret

This morning we commenced final day of  our Scotland whisky tour. After breakfast at our lodgings at Dunkeld, and with sun shining, we drove about 40 mins to the pleasant town of Crieff which is home to Glenturret Distillery and the Famous Grouse Experience. Glenturret is a very old distillery and relatively small. Famous Grouse is a popular blend (including Glenturret). Immediately upon arrival we were escorted round the distillery and then joined another tour guide to learn about the Famous Grouse blends including a new offering called Snow Grouse which is a  grain whisky dispensed cold. Then we viewed a cartoon type film promoting Famous Grouse  followed by tastings of two Glenturret single malts. This morning the Famous Grouse car park was home to a rally of Audi Quattro  cars.

Tasting Famous Grouse at Glenturret

Tasting Famous Grouse at Glenturret, Scotland

Cat at Glenturret Distillery

Cat at Glenturret Distillery, Scotland

View of Crieff, home of Glenturret

View of Crieff, home of Glenturret Distillery

Next we drove about 35 mins to our next stop, Tullibardine Distillery at Blackford. En-route we stopped tp view and photograpgh a flock of sheep with young lambs.

Spring lambs at Muthill

Spring lambs at Muthill, Scotland

 Although a relatively new distillery (est. 1947), Tullibardine is one of my favourite distilleries with the tours benefiting from a combination of helpful tour guide and distillation in process. We were able to follow the process from malting, milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation  and maturation culminating in the sampling of a selection of single malts. Working in conjunction with a local micro-brewery, this distillery also produces a quality beer under the 1488 brand.

Distillation at Tullibardine

Distillation at Tullibardine Distillery

Tasting Tullibardine Single Malts

Tasting Tullibardine Single Malts, Scotland

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Entrance at Stirling Castle, Scotland

After some purchases at Tullibardine we drove down the A9 to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions where we toured the site including Great Hall, Palace, Chapel Royal, Kitchens and Weaving section. Weather remained clement.

After the Castle we drove a couple of miles to nearby Wallace Monument which was constructed in the late 19th century to commemorate William Wallace aka ‘Braveheart’ who was famous for his victory over the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297 AD. This monument is an interesting experience, permitting visitors to climb to the top and avail of stunning views over the local landscape.

At the Monument a vignette of the Wallace era (13th C) was put on by a reenactment soldier as shown in the image below.

Wallace Monument, Scotland

William Wallace Monument, Scotland

Ochil Hills from Wallace Monument

Ochil Hills from Wallace Monument, Scotland

Reenactment Soldier at Wallace Monument

Reenactment Soldier at Wallace Monument, Scotland

With tour almost concluded we next headed to Leith (near Edinburgh) where guests were deposited at their hotel and fond farewells.

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