Whisky Magazine Issue 132
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A very worthwhile trip to Speyside and Highland regions
With winter fast approaching, I had the rare delight of being stuck in Norwich airport for over five hours in late October while I waited for the fog to clear. The ironic part of the whole trip was that I was trying to get to Aberdeen which, when I eventually arrived, was bathed in the most beautiful sunshine. How many times I have read about Aberdeen airport being fog-bound. The intention of the trip was to visit as many distilleries as possible and to eventually make my way down to Creiff where I had to be at the end of the week.
Having hired a car I made my way over to Elgin and driving along the A96 I was in awe at the most beautiful Autumn colours. My first port of call was Gordon & MacPhail and then their distillery, The Benromach, over at Rothes. On my way to stay the night at Inverness, I noticed a sign to Findhorn Bay and having read about this recently as a place of stunning scenery... I was not disappointed. During the course of the week I also managed to visit the distilleries at Tomatin, The Dalwhinnie and Blair Atholl. I was then heading to Crieff, and instead of going down to Perth and turning right, I saw a sign for Crieff along the A822. What a drive, stunning scenery and well worth the longer trip. The week culminated in a wonderful 240th anniversary celebration at Glenturret with master of ceremonies being Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience. Charlie Maclean was in attendance as his book Famous for a Reason: The Story of the...