Whisky Tasting at Glen Grant, Speyside, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Grantown-on-Spey and drove north to Forres, Banffshire and our first distillery of the day, Glen Grant. This is a medium-size distillery with capacity of 6.2m litres p.a. most of which is exported to Italy. Ownership rests with Campari.

We joined an escorted tour with the guide explaining the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes.

The malts are weighted towards younger maturities with a 5 year-old exclusively sold in Italy. Outside of Italy the flagship malt is a 10 year-old.

Glen Grant has a bottling hall on site.

At conclusion of the tour tastings of two single malts were offered.

Mash Tun at Glen Grant Distillery

Washbacks at Glen Grant Distillery

Whisky stills at Glen Grant Distillery

Glen Grant Single Malt

Tour Group at Glen Grant Distillery, Scotland

Glen Grant Distillery, Forres

 

Glen Grant Distiillery, Forres, Scotland

Next. we drove to nearby Craigellachie where we had lunch at the Highlander Inn after first paying a visit to the renowned whisky bar at the Craigellachie Hotel.

Whisky Bar at Craigellachie Hotel, Scotkland

Next, we moved on to nearby Aberlour where guests joined the 2.00pm tour of Aberlour Distillery.This is owned by French drinks group, Pernod Ricard and has capacity of 3.8m litres p.a. a good portion of which is sold into the French market.

The tour was comprehensive, lasting nearly two hours with a range of tastings at end. Aberlour offers guests the option of a self-bottling.

Flagship product at Aberlour is a 12 year-old single malt.

Aberlour Single Malt

Aberlour Distillery, Scotland

At conclusion of the Aberlour tour we returned to Grantown.

Tomorrow morning we depart Speyside and drive to Edinburgh via the Great Glen and Glencoe.

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