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

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)

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

Glenfiddich Distillery and visitor centre

Glenfiddich – the Largest Malt Whisky Distillery in Scotland

Until the additional production capacity at the Macallan distillery in Aberlour will kick in early next year, Glenfiddich is the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland.   (All Images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter) Situated in the Speyside region, the heartland of Scotch whisky production, Glenfiddich produces a stunning 14 million litres of pure alcohol per year (two million more than the now-number two, Roseisle). But make no … Continue reading Glenfiddich – the Largest Malt Whisky Distillery in Scotland

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

Ruins of Lindores Abbey

Whisky History: Lindores Abbey, where it all began…?

Lindores Abbey on the outskirts of Newburgh, Fife, where the first documented production of Scotch whisky took place in 1494. Well, OK, it might have been 1495 (the records are not that clear) but somewhere between June 1494 and June 1495  ‘eight bolls of malt’ where sold to a Tironsenian monk, Friar John Cor, to produce aqua vitae (water of life, Scottish Gaelic: Uisge beatha, which later … Continue reading Whisky History: Lindores Abbey, where it all began…?

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