Whisky tasting at Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Whisky tasting at Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Today, we visited four of Islay’s famous whisky distilleries, a trip aided by favourable weather conditions.

First call was Bunnahabhain near Port Askaig. This is South African owned and produces about 2.7m litres of spirit p.a.. Here guest availed of tastings of four drams in the Visitor Centre.

Whisky Casks at Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay

Whisky Casks at Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay

Bunnahabhain Single Malts

Bunnahabhain Single Malts

Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Next to Bruichladdich Distillery for a Guided Warehouse Tasting at 12.00 noon. The group also visited the still room where gin is produced, in addition to whisky spirit. This distillery is privately owned and produces about 1.5m litres of spirit p.a.

Tutored Whisky Tasting at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay.

Tutored Whisky Tasting at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay.

Maturing whisky casks at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay

Maturing whisky casks at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay

Whisky Stills at Bruichladdich Distillery, Scotland

Whisky Stills at Bruichladdich Distillery, Scotland

Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

Video clip of stills at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay.

Next to Caol Ila Distillery near Port Askaig. This distillery is owned by drinks giant, Diageo plc and produces about 6.5m litres p.a.Here, guest joined a short tour of the distillery and then participated in a tutored tasting extending to five single malts.

Paps of Jura from Caol Ila Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

Paps of Jura from Caol Ila Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

Whisky Tastings at Caol Ila Distillery, Islay

Whisky Tastings at Caol Ila Distillery, Islay

Caol Ila Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Caol Ila Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Final distillery visit of the day was Bowmore, which is owned by Suntory of Japan and produces about 2.0m litres p.a. Here guest availed of a selection of tastings in the bar which overlooks the bay.

Bowmore Single Malts, Islay, Scotland

Bowmore Single Malts, Islay, Scotland

Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland

Bowmore Distillery, Islay, Scotland

On the way back to Port Askaig we paid a brief visit to the historic site of Finlaggan, ancient power base of the MacDonalds known as Lords of the Isles.

Finlaggan, Islay, Scotland

Finlaggan, Islay, Scotland

Tomorrow, we visit the final three distilleries on Islay all of which being located near Port Ellen.

Port Askaig, Islay, Scotland

Port Askaig, Islay, Scotland

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