Whisky Magazine Issue 77
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In the latest of our series on places to visit we look at Europe
Distilleries are springing up all across Europe. Some are the whisky equivalent of beer microbreweries: unimpressive industrial sites with some basic distilling equipment producing average spirit and a shop in which to sell it.
Others have grown out of established businesses and are sited in vineyards or fruit liqueur producers, are geared up for tourists and are situated in regions which offer the tourist plenty of options before and after the whisky tour.
What many of them share is a passion and commitment to producing good quality whisky and in many cases, experimenting with new styles,making use of a range of grains and different wood types.
Some have been established for decades now, others are just starting to bottle for the first time and many sell considerable volumes in their individual markets but are not known very well elsewhere.
Here is a guide to some of the best of them.
ST GEORGE'S DISTILLERY East Harling,Norfolk, England The distillery: England's first full time distillery for more than 100 years will bottle its first whisky at the end of 2009 but it already has a new-make spirit and some maturing 18 month old spirit available.The distillery itself has been built in the style of a Scottish distillery and offers a comprehensive and informative tour.Of particular interest are the maturation warehouses,where all sorts of experimentation is going on.The 18 month old spirit, available both in peated and unpeated forms, is surprisingly good.There is a good whi...