The next distillery that I had the pleasure of visiting was Glenkinchie. There is an excellent Museum of Malt Whisky Production located there and I found it to be most educational. The distillery is part of the Diageo pic holdings. If you sign up for their friends of malt whisky program, you receive a very nice passport that will allow you into other Diageo pic distilleries at no charge. This is a Lowland whisky. The malt is lightly peated and the water comes from a well that is on the property.
12 year old Glenkinchie– a pleasant light dram with some fruity flavours
Cask Strength Glenkinchie-very flavourful with a bite at the finish due to more alcohol in it
Tullibardine distillery is next to a shopping centre. There is a coffee shop that is part of the distillery. It is called “Cafe 1488” because a king had a beer here back in 1488. They sold me 3 drams for 10 pounds sterling which was a good value. This was my most favourite distillery of the first four. The malt is unpeated.
All of these whiskies’ names start with Tullibardine.
6 year old John Black – nice flavours, bites at the back of the throat
8 year old Aged Oak – an excellent flavourful dram with a smooth finish
18 year old – a very excellent dram sweet and fruity with vanilla and spices
24 year old – comparable to the 18 year old. Two very excellent whiskies
9 year old with a port finish – a sweet dram to end with
I would not purchase the 6 year old John Black Whisky for my personal use. All of the rest
of the whiskies would be most welcome in my drinks cabinet.