Well maybe not as dramatic as all that, but visiting a distillery is certainly an excellent experience. It allows you to get up close and personal with the processes and elements that go into making Whisky and can give you a different perspective of what Whisky is all about.
We’ve gathered five tours that we think are better than all the rest and that you should definitely make a trip to see.
1. GlenfiddichGlenfiddich are Whisky legends and they offer visitors the chance to take a look around their home in Dufftown, in the Scottish region of Speyside. They offer three tours that are informative and interesting.
One of their most interesting and different tours is Glenfiddich Solera: Deconstructed. This tour is two and a half hours long and costs £50 per person. The Solera system at Glenfiddich is incredibly interesting, especially considering it is typically used for maturing wine.
You’ll get up close and personal with the Solera system and try different samplings along the way. Glenfiddich do offer a longer and more expensive tour, but we love the Solera tour as it lets you better understand an intriguing innovation in the Whisky industry.
2. AberlourAberlour offer one tour and one tutored tasting. Both are worthwhile but the tour especially gives you a closer look at a fascinating and award-winning distillery.
The distillery has a history set deep in the ancient past, with tales of druids and celts and a talking burn. This is all information you’ll be given the chance to learn when you visit, and where better to hear about it than at the very place it all happened.
The distillery has a wonderful atmosphere where you can enjoy your tour and totally relax at the end. Aberlour offer a generous amount in their tasting sessions and by the end of it you’ll be a tasting expert!
3. AberfeldyDelve into the fascinating world of one of Whisky’s biggest brands with a tour of Aberfeldy, the spiritual home of Dewar’s.
Aberfeldy don’t just do tours either, they do experiences. These include events such as Poetry and Whisky Pairings, and Photography and Cask Tasting. As well as these they feature four tours, each offering something a little different. If you can’t decide on one, why not go for them all!
They really do offer everything at Aberfeldy, from a simple introductory tour to a blend-your-own tour where you create your own Whisky. No matter which one you choose, you are sure to be in for an informative and exciting evening!
4. StrathislaStrathisla is a truly beautiful distillery and has an exciting history. It is the birthplace of Chivas Brothers and has claims to be the oldest continuously working distillery in Scotland.
If that’s not enough, then simply take a look at the place. Strathisla is well renowned for being one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland and a visit here will transport you back to a simpler time.
On a tour of Strathisla, you’ll get the chance to see their historical buildings as well as some rare and exclusive bottlings. The distillery is fully operational so you’ll get to see the production process as it occurs. Strathisla is a distillery tour that you definitely do not want to miss.
5. GlengoyneGlengoyne have six tours on offer, each with a unique take on what a distillery tour should be. No matter what you’re looking for from a distillery tour, it will definitely be available at Glengoyne.
If you just want to know more about the brand and what they do, then the Wee Tasting Tour is perfect. Or maybe you want to do some sampling and pairing as you go along, then try the Whisky and Chocolate tour, where you can taste handmade chocolate alongside some incredibly malt.
Or if you’re wanting to go more in-depth, then go for the Masterclass, where you will spend five hours tasting malt and sherry, and round the day off with creating your own dram. If it’s variety you’re looking for, Glengoyne is the distillery for you!