Blair Athol

The seventh distillery on my visit has a basic and enhanced tours like many of the distilleries. The way that I prefer to travel with my flight home being the only certain booking, I did not book ahead to see a distillery unless it was the only way in to the distillery like Aberlour in Speyside.

The downside of this is the lost opportunity for a wide scope of tastings at a given distillery.
If you prefer a more scheduled tour, I would recommend you buy a copy of the book called
“Discovering Scotland’s Distilleries” by Gavin D. Smith and Graeme Wallace.

The big question then becomes ‘Who will drive today?”

Distillery number seven Blair Athol offered a 12 year old single malt as part of their standard tour. It was a lovely fruity sweet dram that I would be happy to have in my drinks cabinet.

Blair Athol distillery had Bell’s Whisky signs displayed prominently. This is a blended whisky that they help produce.


Aberfeldy Distillery

The majority of my travelling was by coach or bus as we call them in Canada. On some occasions a coach ride was not available unless I was willing to do considerable backtracking. This could make the difference between seeing one or seeing two distilleries that day. Need I say more?

Distillery number six. Aberfeldy is the home Dewars whisky. The grounds around the distillery were very lovely.

All in all a very good visitor’s experience. I tried the 12 year old Aberfeldy single malt.
It is a smooth dram with a good finish. I would be happy to have it in my drinks cabinet.


Glenturret Distillery

The fifth distillery that I toured was the Glenturret distillery in Creif. There were pictures of The Famous Grouse everywhere. When it was time to taste the house single malt, a 10 year old Glenturrett there was no Glenturret to try due to an “EU labelling dispute.” As part of the standard tour I was offered my choice of Famous Grouse, Naked Grouse, Black Grouse or Snow Grouse. I chose Snow Grouse. It was served cold and had alcohol in it. Tasting notes are pointless. Later in the day at a pub called The Curly Coo, I had some 10 year old Glenturret. It is a nice light whisky. I would be happy to have it in my drinks cabinet.