Whisky Selection, Glenlivet Distillery

Whisky Selection, Glenlivet Distillery, Scotland

This morning, we departed our excellent lodgings at An Cala, Grantown-on-Spey and drove over to Glenlivet Distillery. Here we toured the visitor centre and then embarked on a distillery tour led by a competent and  engaging guide. Unfortunately, photography of the whisky making process is not permitted, hence images are restricted to peripheral views. However, we did learn about the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation process rounded off by a tasting of a single malt.
Here is an image of the Still House (left) with Visitor Centre at top.
Stillroom and Visitor Centre, Glenlivet Distillery

Stillroom and Visitor Centre, Glenlivet Distillery, Scotland

Here is the tour guide giving instruction on the tasting of Glenlivet single malt.
Tour Guide, Glenlivet

Tour Guide, Glenlivet Distillery

Here is a scenic view showing a snow capped Ben Rinnes taken from the distillery car park.
Ben Rinnes, 2759 ft

Ben Rinnes, 2759 ft from Glenlivet Distillery

After concluding the Glenlivet tour we drove north to call in at the Macallan Visitor Centre for a brief inspection and then on to nearby Glenfiddich to join in the 12,00 noon Explorer Tour. This turned out to be exclusive to our group and last about 90 mins. We were guided through the basic processes as at Glenlivet with special emphasis on the blending of the various malts with the tour concluding with tastings of four single Glenfiddich malts. Glednfiddich were more liberal with their attitude to photography and hence small portfolio of images below.
Here is the Mash Tun
Mash Tun, Glenfiddich Distillery

Mash Tun, Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

Here are some of the washbacks where fermentation occurs, aided by yeast.
Washbacks at Glenfiddich Distillery

Washbacks at Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside

Here is fermentation in process.
Fermentation at Glenfiddich

Fermentation at Glenfiddich Distillery

Here are some of the spirit and wash stills where essentially, a type of beer at about 8pc alcohol is turned into spirit with a high alcohol content. It is this spirit which is converted into single malt whisky after a suitable maturation period in oak casks.
Wash and Spirit Stills at Glenfiddich Distillery

Wash and Spirit Stills at Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside

Te whisky maturation process gives off alcohol vapour which in turn nourishes a black fungus which covers vegetation and buildings alike.This tree provides an example of the fungus, which does not harm the trees or living plants.
Alcohol Fungus Coated Tree at Glenfiddich Distillery

Alcohol Fungus Coated Tree at Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

Here is the whisky tasting in process.
Whisky Tasting at Glenfiddich Distillery

Whisky Tasting at Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

Interestingly, Glenfiiddich and Glenlivet are similar size in terms of annual production with each turning out about 10.0M litres of spirit p.a.
After the Glenfiddich tour we had drive down to Edinburgh in order to connect with onward travel links to London. Unfortunately, a key road in the Highlands was blocked forcing a diversion. Although we arrived about 1 hour later than planned, the journey through the Cairngorms and Highlands with snow capped mountains did prove enjoyable.
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