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

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

Distiller, Speyside Distillery

Pic of the Month: Making Whisky at the Speyside Distillery

A distiller at the Speyside Distillery is explaining the workings of the spirit safe during the Spirit of Speyside Festival. (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) The Speyside Distillery is hidden away in the Glen Tromie near the hamlet of Drumguish. Not even Googlemaps has an idea of its exact whereabouts, as several visitors found out to their dismay during the … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Making Whisky at the Speyside Distillery

Ex-Bourbon barrels, Coleburn Distillery

Whisky, that was – Coleburn Distillery

Founded in 1897, during the boom years of the late Victorian age, the Coleburn Distillery quietly produced a largely unremarkable malt whisky until the mid-1980s. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Almost all the output went into blended whiskies and it is quite rare to find a Coleburn bottled as single malt (for example in Gordon & Macphail’s Connoisseurs … Continue reading Whisky, that was – Coleburn Distillery

Bung and bung cloth

Pic of the Month: Bung and Bung Cloth

Bung and bung cloth in a disused whisky cask at the Coleburn Distillery. (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Traditionally and up to the 1980s whisky casks were closed with soft bungs, stoppers made from cork. Since they were not only prone to leakage, but also made it very easy to nick some of the contents from the casks, they have … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Bung and Bung Cloth

Still house, Glen Grant Distillery

Visiting Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Glen Grant (Speyside)

The Glen Grant Distillery is located in the Speyside town of Rothes and is one of seven operating distilleries on the famous Malt Whisky Trail. The short walk from the car park along a well-kept garden path and across a gurgling burn to the visitor centre provides a very favorable first impression. Although quite massive in terms of output (6.2 m litres of pure alcohol per annum) … Continue reading Visiting Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Glen Grant (Speyside)

Cardhu Distillery and Visitor Centre

Visiting Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Cardhu (Speyside)

The Cardhu Distillery is part of the Malt Whisky Trail and as such is probably visited by more whisky lovers than many others in Scotland. However, you wouldn’t be able to tell when you drop into the visitor centre, which is maybe a bit larger than my living room. When I entered for my latest visit there were about ten people inside and it already … Continue reading Visiting Scotch Whisky Distilleries: Cardhu (Speyside)