Single malt tasting at Cardhu, Speyside, Scotland

Today was characterised by continuing good weather comprising sunshine and blue skies.

After breakfast we departed our lodgings in Grantown-on-Spey and drove to nearby Cragganmore Distillery. Here we joined the 10.00 am tour of the distillery entailing an explanation of  the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in tastings of three single malts in very comfortable surroundings.

Cragganmore is part of the Diageo drinks group and has production capacity of 2.2m litres of spirit p.a. most of which contributes to blends such as White Horse and Old Parr.Flagship single malts is a 12-year-old.

Whisky tasting at Cragganmore Distillery, Speyside

Cragganmore and sister single malts from Diageo.

Cragganmore Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

Next, we drove to another local distillery, Cardhu which was not in production due to annual ‘silent season’. However, guests were able to avail of a tutored tasting of Cardhu single malts at the visitor centre.

Cardhu malt is an important constituent of Johnnie Walker blends with the single malt ranking as one of the top ten such products in the world. Flagship single malt is the 12-year-old. Production capacity at Cardhu is 3.4m litres p.a.

Close to Cardhu is a field containing a small number of Highland Cattle.

Tutored Tasting at Cardhu Distillery, Scotland

Cardhu Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

Highland Cows at Cardhu Distillery, Scotland

Next, we drove to nearby Craigellachie where we availed of lunch at the Highlander Inn, a very congenial establishment with an extensive whisky bar.

Highlander Inn, Craigellachie, Scotland

Next, we drove to Macallan Distillery where guests availed of the standard distillery tour culminating in tastings of a selection of four single malts. Macallan is part of drinks group Highland Distilleries, a group which also includes Highland Park and Glenturret. Capacity as Macallan is 9.8m litres although this will be surpassed when new distillery comes on stream. The 12-year-old Sherry Oak is one of the key single malt products.

Macallan 12 Year Old Single Malt from Speyside

Tasting at Macallan Distillery, Speyside

Macallan Distillery, Speyside

After concluding our visit to Macallan we returned to our base at Grantown via a minor road on the west of River Spey. Here we saw many sheep, cattle and pheasants plus stunning views of the local landscape.

Speyside Scenery, Scotland

Speyside Scenery, Scotland

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