I didn't go on the distillery tours, the masterclasses, the meals etc....that's for another year...I went to check out the distillery visitor centres and to buy collectable bottles.
Went to Benromach, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, and Cardu and bought to collect
a Glen Moray Mountain Oak Final Release, one of 1158 bottles,
a Balvennie Single Barrel 15YO, one of 350 bottles,
a MacAllan 15YO winter bottling, 1 of 585 bottles
an Aberlour A'Bunadh from Batch 17.
There were lots of other very collectable bottles, but I had a budget!! I by chance spotted an opportunity for a 50YO whisky at a good price. If I get it, I'll post about it.
I bought to drink a Benromach 5YO Tokaji Wood Finish (perhaps a mistake...I haven't tasted it yet) and a Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21YO.
I tasted a Tomatin 21YO Antiquary, the Glen Moray Mountain Oak and the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva.
The Antiquary was nice. The Mountain Oak (a bourbon finish) and the Gran Reserva (a Cuban rum finish) were superb.
Bourbon and rum are excellent finishes and make very pleasant changes from sherry and peat......depite what Jim Murray says about rum!!
It was beautiful weather and my wife drove as it was my birthday.....a very enjoyable day indeed.