“Too much of anything is bad, but too much whisky is never enough” – Mark Twain
One of the first things that comes to people’s minds when they think about Scotland is the array of world-famous whiskies that it creates. Scotland has over 100 distilleries in total, and although each distillery has its own unique processes, experts say it is the source of water and availability of peat which directly influences each whisky’s unique characteristics and flavour. Like the wine regions in France, Scotland is split into five whisky-producing regions: Campbeltown, Highlands (and Islands), Islay,Lowlands and Speyside. In our eyes, the best way to find out which whisky is your favourite is to plan a “wee” whisky tour and try a few drams. It is undeniable that driving yourself would take away from the experience, but don’t worry – we’ll take care of that for you.
Famously referred to as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne whisky is nursed through the stills slower than the average whisky in order to produce a complex, fruity and award-winning taste. All the whiskies produced at Glengoyne are packaged under the Glengoyne brand, however the assortment of whiskies range from 10 to 25 years-old.
Auchentoshan means “corner of field” in old Scots and is home to Scotland’s only triple distilled whisky. Just a stones-throw away from Glasgow city centre, this distillery is often the perfect starting point for those starting their whisky tour in Glasgow. Here at Little’s we really like the “story of oak” trail which allows any seasoned whisky connoisseur to experience the influence of different casks, as well as the impact of ageing – of the whisky of course.
Set in a cobbled courtyard and within a picturesque building, Strathisla’s outbuilding is almost as delightful as its renowned whisky. Behind brands such as Chivas Regal 25 and Royal Salute 21 years old, Strathisla Distillery produces five varieties of whisky in total. Known for producing whisky of an exceptional strength, Strathisla is adored by true whisky enthusiasts.
This distillery was the first of its kind to be opened on Islay 124 years ago. Using barley grown onsite at Rockside farm, Kilchoman is one of only six distilleries that still practices traditional floor malting and carries out every aspect of the whisky making process on the island itself. Incorporate a stop at this distillery and you’ll get to visit the beautiful island of Islay too.
This Scottish whisky distillery was established in 1832. As one of the three distilleries still remaining in the Campbelton region of Scotland, this very distinctive-tasting whisky is well-known. The single malt Glen Scotia produces was extremely valuable to mainland blenders throughout the 90th century and continues to be adored today.
Ardnamuchan was opened in June 2014 and was coined “Scotland’s greenest distillery.” Located on the shores of Loch Sunart, this whisky is bottled straight from the cask, without colouring or chill-filtration, so that the true and untainted flavours of the whisky are locked in. Here you will be able to try one peated (smoky) and one unpeated (non-smoky) whisky.
Little’s expert tour designers can handcraft an itinerary built to include all whisky distilleries that you may wish to visit during your time in Scotland. If you aren’t sure of what other ones you can visit, do not hesitate to ask one of our tour specialists who have unrivalled knowledge of Scotland and its abundance of distilleries. Our chauffeurs also undergo whisky training – making them the perfect driver and concierge on your tour. To speak to our team of experts then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 141 883 2111.
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