Visiting #Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Edradour Distillery

No longer ‘Scotland’s smallest distillery’, but Edradour is probably the prettiest distillery to visit in all of Scotland. Its location just outside Pitlochry also makes it easy to reach from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The distillery buildings sit along the Edradour Burn and are kept in immaculate condition, in fact the walls are painted at least three times a year (trust me, I know; been there, done that…) … Continue reading Visiting #Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Edradour Distillery

The silent Parkmore Distillery

Whisky, that was: Parkmore Distillery

The Parkmore Distillery in Dufftown is largely unknown, even among whisky enthusiasts, for the simple reason that there is nothing left of its whisky. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter) The short history of the Parkmore Distillery started during the late Victorian boom years, in 1894. Over the next few decades it was sold and re-sold several times, and eventually ended up in the hands of Scottish … Continue reading Whisky, that was: Parkmore Distillery

Spirit still details

Pic of the Month: Details of a Copper Pot Still

Details of a copper pot still at the Glenfarclas Distillery (Speyside, Scotland) The spirit stills at Glenfarclas are some of the largest I have ever seen in Scotland! With 21,200 litres they are larger than the wash stills in many distilleries. The round structure in the centre is the boil ball. It causes less volatile  substances (i.e. those boiling at a higher temperature) in the … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Details of a Copper Pot Still

Maltman

Scotch Whisky in Pictures: The Balvenie Distillery

If you travel to Dufftown, the centre of the (whisky-) world, you cannot avoid noticing the whisky behemoth, Glenfiddich Distillery. Its smaller cousin, The Balvenie, is much less conspicuous although it is practically next door and not exactly a small distillery either. With 5.6m litres of alcohol distilled per year The Balvenie is currently ranking 10th among the Scotch whisky distilleries, but hidden away behind … Continue reading Scotch Whisky in Pictures: The Balvenie Distillery

Oban Distillery

Whisky Regions of Scotland Explained

As it seems, there is much confusion out in the blogosphere and on the likes of Facebook and Twitter about the whisky regions of Scotland. Many people seem to think that it is a matter of choice whether a whisky is declared a ‘Highlander’ or a ‘Speysider’, some feel that the Islands deserve the status as a distinct region, etc. However, the situation is quite … Continue reading Whisky Regions of Scotland Explained

Gallery: The Viking Spirit

  During the last week of October 2016 the world’s most northerly distillery produced its first new-make whisky spirit.  The Aurora Spirit Distillery only went into operation a few moths ago and had so far only produced Aquavit, Vodka and Gin, but finally they were ready for the King of Spirits! Here is a gallery of images from this memorable event. Continue reading Gallery: The Viking Spirit

Tasting the new-make spirit

WhiskyPics goes to Norway…

…well, at least temporarily. During the last week of October I was invited to take part in the first ever distillation of Norwegian whisky at the world’s most northerly distillery. As a teaser, here is the link to a report about this memorable event that was aired on Monday, 31 October on the Norwegian TV station NRK (forward to 06:00 min or click on ‘5. … Continue reading WhiskyPics goes to Norway…

Glenfiddich Distillery

10 Tips To Get A Better Whisky Distillery Visit

Need a definition of a whisky nerd? I am a whisky distiller and distillery tour guide in Scotland and in my spare time I visit distilleries. Hope that helps… Joking aside, since I moved back to Scotland in early 2015 I have explored over 70 whisky distilleries all over the country and joined about 30 distillery tours. The quality of these organised visits ranges from absolutely … Continue reading 10 Tips To Get A Better Whisky Distillery Visit

View from a former warehouse, Ballechin Distillery

Scotch Whisky History: Ballechin Distillery

The Ballechin Distillery, east of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, closed for good in 1927 and only some ruins remain right beside the A827 today. However, recently Ballechin whisky was granted a new lease of life… Founded in 1810, the Ballechin Distillery was already in operation for more than 70 years when the famous Alfred Barnard visited it. He noted that it was built in an L-shape, the front … Continue reading Scotch Whisky History: Ballechin Distillery

Praying to the whisky god!

Gallery: The Wood, That Makes The Whisky

Arguably the single most important contribution to the character of Scotch whisky as we know it comes from the maturation. Here is a tribute to the often overlooked oak cask… (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Before the middle of the 19th century whisky was by and large drunk unaged. Later, wine merchants began storing their precious booze in … Continue reading Gallery: The Wood, That Makes The Whisky