On holiday in Scotland in May, part of the 'deal' with Jeff was that as well as Ardverikie house we would also visit a distillery. Not exactly a 'Whisky Trail' but thought you may be interested.
From our bed and breakfast guesthouse we travelled across a mountain pass Southwards and went to the Dalwhinnie Distillery. It's the highest distillery in Scotland set in the Grampian mountain range.They produce a 15 year old single malt whisky there. The process was very interesting. Apparently the average temperature up there is 4 degrees. I was glad of my coat.
At the end of the tour, we were given a tiny taster. Of course, Jeff enjoyed it but to me whiskey is still whisky and I can't stand the taste even with water or anything else. We came away with a couple of expensive bottles and little gifts for the lads in our family.
When I was in Tobermory at the Isle of Mull, in a shop I saw a little bottle of whisky with on the label : Monarch of the Glen !! my husband said ' buy it ' No, I said I'll wait till I'm in Monarch country they will have it there too I suppose !
So not seen in Monarch country Now I regret that I didn't buy it !
so if anyone of us ever goes to Tobermory have a look in the drinkshop and buy that little bottle of Monarch whisky ! It'll be a great souvenir !
Great stories, M & M, thanks. Where your little lads gifts Whisky Miniatures!!! Too bad, Maddie, that you didn't get your Monarch whisky!!! Do you know the old saying "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" !!
I went to a distillery when we were in Scotland The Glenmorangie distillery we had a tour and it was quiet good and we had a taster at the end I hated it, it gave me a headache all evening! hehe but I was 12 and my parents did say I wouldn't like it!
(lol Jamie i wasn't old enough just be glad you didn't! yucky stuff!)
argh i like the taste of whisky i find it to be nice
there is a place in scotland called tom n toul there is nice whisky shop there and the person who own's it was born in sunderland and he was born in the same street were i live now but a long time ago so when we are there we have to fill hil in with all of sunderlands transfers
I used always drink beer - a man's drink which I loved in moderation!! Then I found I had to abandon it for medical reasons!! So I tried vodka and then brandy (having enjoyed various liqueurs at times) which took a little time to like and then from that I started to enjoy a nip of whisky in the evening!! I didn't like the Canadian or American ones, only certain Scotch ones and even then only certain ones!! At the moment I like "The Famous Grouse" which I saw somewhere was a blend of two single malts (which are nice but too expensive, except on special occasions!!!) and failing that "J&B Rare" !!!
For all you whisky drinkers, try the Singleton of Achroisk - distilled near Keith my old home town. It may be marketed under the name of Achroisk now, but well worth a try!
When staying in Edinburgh for my 40th birthday with a friend, we got chatting to a couple in the bar. The wife wanted to visit Pitlochry, the husband a distillery. We compromised and took him on a tour of the highlands via single malts from his armchair. It took two people to get him upstairs to bed!
We must have had at least 7 or eight different malts that night. I woke up feeling fine the following morning, which was a good thing as I had to drive the 189 miles back to Keith - Karen my friend hadn't passed her test back then. But the husband.. he was in a really bad way!
Anyone up for an armchair excursion of the whisky trail? I will happily do the honnors next time I'm up home, but as I'm older don't expect me to drive!
Let's see. I guess you would have to fly into Glasgow, in which case we could start with the island Malts and Islay in particular. I've lined up the glasses on the bar so you can all have a nip.
First of is Ardbeg, followed by Bowmore and Bruichladdich, then there is the Coal ila, Lagnavulin and Laphroaig and finally the Port Ellen, and if you are all still standing then we'll catch the ferry to Jura!
I have done the whisky trail, but it was before I had got the taste for whisky, so Phil has the tasters! I, too, have been to the distillery at Toermory - it's tiny! Not been to Jura or Islay yet - Isle of Jura Superstition is one of my faves. Reading JennyScot's messages has my mouth watering for some!
Has anyone tried Camreon Brig? It's a single grain (highly unusual) from Fife. My grandad used to work at the distillery and it is a favourit amongst the older members of our family. I have to say that I wasn't too keen! I'll stick to my singel malts! I don't like blends either, although Black Bottle (a fave in the Highlnads) is drinkable.