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Issue 100 - 100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit

Whisky Magazine Issue 100
December 2011

 

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100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit

Our team of writers around the world give you the distilleries you should visit.

There are plenty of distilleries across the world to make a pilgrimage to, but for our 100th edition we decided to give you the 100 distilleries that we think every whisky lover must visit. The reason the writers have chosen the places is down to the history, production quirks, location and quality of the tour. Even if they are hard to get into, we wanted to give you the idea of why they are special, and why you should make the effort.

AUSTRALIA

Bakery Hill
A distillery started out of the passion of David Baker, a former biochemist. The distillery generally releases single casks and bottles at cask strength. The first spirit was produced in 2000 with the first single malt whisky available in 2003. Higher temperatures, a much drier climate than Scotland and smaller casks all contribute to the way the spirit matures and gathers flavours from the wood. RA

Lark Distillery
Rich barley fields, pure water, peat bogs and a decent climate, you wonder why it took so long for someone took on the challenge to make whisky again. Distillery Bill Lark has now become a living legend in the whisky world, producing his first spirit on an antique copper still. RA

BELGIUM

The Belgian Owl
Etienne Bouillon's tiny distillery in the village of Grace-Hollogne near Liege in the midst of rich barley-growing country. Using 100 year old (formerly) mobile stills he crafts gentle balanced sweet whiskies, the first made in this whisky-mad country. There are plans afoot to move to larger premises. D...

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