Tour group at Aberlour Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

This morning we departed our lodgings in Inverness and drove S.W. for 75 minutes to our first destination of Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown. The route took us along highways and narrow country lanes with latter close to the River Spey. Many pheasants were in evidence in the Speyside region.

Dufftown, Scotland

Dufftown is a regional whisky ‘capital’ being home to six working distilleries which comprise Kinlinvie, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glendullan, Mortlach and Dufftown.

Dufftown Clock Tower, Scotland

On arrival at Balvenie guests joined the 10.00 am tour which lasted three hours and included the maltings floor, cooperage, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation culminating in sampling of six malts.

Balvenie Single Malts

Balvenie is  a sister distillery of Glenfiddich and produces about 6.8m litres p.a.Key product is the Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old single malt.

Photo session at Balvenie Distillery

Balvenie Distillery, Speyside

Next, we drove to nearby Charlestown of Aberlour where we joined the 2.00pm tour. This tour lasted two hours and covered the same processes as Balvenie with exception of maltings floor (no on site malting) and cooperage (no facility on site). The tour culminated in tastings of new make spirit and five single malts including the popular a’bunadh which is bottled at cask strength.

Spirit and Mash stills at Aberlour Distillery, Speyside

Aberlour Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

Tasting at Aberlour Distillery, Speyside

a’bunadh Single Malt

At conclusion of today’s distillery tours we checked into our lodgings in Dufftown.

Tomorrow, we visit Macallan and Strathisla distilleries.

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