Balvenie Distillery

An appointment was necessary and I paid 25 pounds for the tour and tasting. Worth every penny! It was a great treat. The tastings were excellent and included some 30 year old Balvenie! It was a wonderful experience for this writer. All that Balvenie put before me to sample is most welcome in my drinks cabinet.

15 year old Sherry Butt, 59.5% spicy dried fruits
15 year old Refilled Hogshead, 62%, honey, black licorice, spicy, fruity
12 year old 1st Filled Oak 63.6% floral
Signature ,12 year old Bourbon Sherry Butt, refilled Hogshead amber colour, sweet, slightly vanilla, spicy
Double Wood, 12 years in American Cask, finished 8 months in European Sherry Cask, dark amber, lovely flavour
Carribean Cask 14 years in Bourbon Casks and then 4 months in Rum Casks, very fine dram!
Single Barrel 15 year second filling,amber colour, honeyed flavour
Port Wood 21 years in Bourbon, 3-4 months in Port Pipes, nice amber colour, sweet licorice, fruits, honey vanilla
30 year old, dark amber, chocolate, hints of plum.

When your ninth tasting is a 30 year old Balvenie, you’ve had a good whisky tasting!

Strathisla Distillery

Strathisla s the home of Chivas Regal, a well known blended Scotch. The tour was very well done and the tasting room was like a gentleman’s club with big leather chairs and couches. Chivas 12 year old. A very pleasant whisky. smooth tasting with a nice finish Chivas 18 year old. rich, smooth, hint of smoke, light finish Strathisla 12 year old. sweet, nutty, oaky, vanilla, honey All three of these whiskies are most enjoyable. They are welcome in my drinks cabinet.