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Issue 79 - The lure of the Spey

Whisky Magazine Issue 79
April 2009


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The lure of the Spey

In the latest in our series of places to visit we look at North Speyside.

The northern region of Speyside is, of course, rich in distilleries to visit. It's also ideal trekking and walking country, and offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits. The Cairngorm National Park lies within easy reach and offers a large range of sporting options, and Loch Ness, with its stunning scenery and loch cruises, is close by.

But perhaps best of all, it's an ideal area to explore if you or any of your party are interested in history, with several outstanding castles to explore.

The experience: Benromach is a small and intimate distillery and tours here are small and personal. There is the chance to fill your own bottle, and for a tutored tasting. The distillery has an excellent gift shop.

Tel: +44 (0) 1309 675968

The experience: Another small and informal distillery, Glen Moray offers daily tours, often conducted by craftsmen, or you can book in advance for a more in-depth tour and tasting. The distillery has a gift shop.

Tel: +44 (0) 1343 542477

The experience: BenRiach doesn't have a visitor centre as such, but if you ring in advance the staff will attempt to accommodate a visit. This distillery is beautifully kept, has a malting floor, and offers a varied and unusual selection of whiskies for the region. Well worth a look.

Tel: +44 (0) 1343 862888

The experience: One of the most enjoyable distillery tour offerings...

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