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Issue 81 - Exploring the Highlands

Whisky Magazine Issue 81
July 2009

 

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Exploring the Highlands

In the latest in our series on places to visit we look at some of the lesser known distilleries in Eastern Scotland.

The Highland region of Scotland is a vast and sprawling one, stretching on the mainland from Glengoyne which straddles the Highland Line, to Old Pulteney up at Wick. It stretches from Glen Garioch and Fettercairn in the East to Oban in the West. It would take you the better part of a week just to travel round the 20 or so distilleries which are open to the public, let alone visit them all.

But despite the distances between them,many of the distilleries do have similarities.

Many are very old and traditional, almost rustic in style. Many have traditional production methods such as condensing worms and wooden washbacks. Many are light on high tech production systems.

Because of the large geographical area the Highlands cover we've divided Scotland with an imaginary line from Inverness to Stirling, and in this feature focused on the handful of distilleries to the east of it. The greatest concentration of distilleries here is of course around the River Spey but we have taken Speyside out of the calculations and focused just on the distilleries which class themselves as in the Highlands region. The list contains some of Scotland's lesser known, but nevertheless most intriguing and pleasant distilleries.

EDRADOUR Small and utterly charming distillery with modern cafe and recently refurbished shop. The distillery is open all the year round and offers free tours. Bus parties welcome by appointment.

www.edradour.com Tel: +44 (0) 1796 472095 BLAIR ATHOLL Close to the town of Pitlo...

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