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

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

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

Aberfeldy Distillery

Visiting Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Dewar’s World of Whsiky – Aberfeldy (Highlands)

If we follow the ‘world’ analogy, then visiting Dewar’s World of Whisky is like ignoring Europe while briefly looking at one highlight on every other continent. That is not to say that the Aberfeldy Distillery is not worth a visit, but being advertised as it is, you would perhaps expect a little bit more than what you get. Entering the visitor centre, you are greeted by … Continue reading Visiting Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Dewar’s World of Whsiky – Aberfeldy (Highlands)

Warehouse, Deanston Distillery

Pic of the Month: Warehouseman handling casks, Deanston Distillery

Inside the former spinning room, now bonded warehouse, Deanston Distillery (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) The Deanston Distillery near Doune in Stirlingshire is unique in more than one way. First and foremost, I does not look like any other distillery in Scotland because it is housed in a converted cotton mill. Deanston also continues to generate its own power, … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Warehouseman handling casks, Deanston Distillery

Reflection,Tomatin Distillery

The Hill of the Juniper – Tomatin Distillery in Pictures

The distillery at the ‘Hill of the Juniper’ – Tomatin – is neither among the prettiest distilleries in Scotland, nor is it breaking any records. But its location just south of Inverness makes it a popular destination for the many tourists who travel up into the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh and Glasgow. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) However, … Continue reading The Hill of the Juniper – Tomatin Distillery in Pictures

Fill store at the Edradour Distillery

Scotch Whisky In The Making – the ancient way

During the first weeks of 2016 we filled several beautiful Bordeaux wine casks with our Edradour spirit. The spirit comes into the filling vat at around 70% abv (alcohol by volume) and is then reduced to the ideal fill strength of 63.6% abv by adding water. Here at Edradour, we simply test the alcoholic strength and the temperature of the spirit and then use a … Continue reading Scotch Whisky In The Making – the ancient way

Stillhouse, Tullibardine Distillery

Gallery: Distillery Stillhouses in Scotland

The beating, pumping heart of every malt whisky distillery is the stillhouse. It does not matter whether there are only two tiny stills inside or an impressive array of huge ones, here is what we perceive as the centre of whisky production! And it matters not that the production hinges as much on the washbacks or the mashtun as on the stills. No part of … Continue reading Gallery: Distillery Stillhouses in Scotland

Maltbarn, Brora Distillery

Whisky, that was – Brora Distillery

The original Clynelish Distillery – later re-named Brora – went silent in 1983 after operating along its newer neighbour, the (new) Clynelish for 14 years. All the equipment is still there, an inquisitive visitor can still see the stills through the dirty windows. (All Images Copyright 2015 Johann Brandstaetter) The old Clynelish Distillery was founded by the Marquis of Stafford (later the first Duke of … Continue reading Whisky, that was – Brora Distillery