Whisky Magazine Issue 81
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Star letter - Visiting rites have just got back from an excellent week on Speyside and the north of Scotland, and as usual, visited a lot of distilleries.
Whisky Magazine has in the past run articles on visiting distilleries and currently runs features on what can be found in duty free shops around the world.
I think you should be looking at what you can buy at distilleries. Here is a sample of what we found: • Clynelish: excellent distillery only bottling at cask strength for £45.
• Glen Moray: fill your own bottle from the cask for £40 and an excellent cafeteria.
• Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet: nothing any different from supermarkets and good whisky retailers. Glenfiddich could be forgiven for being viewed as a clothes shop.
• The Macallan: Lots of nice Macallan branded goods, but the pick was the limited edition Gillies Dram for £96.
• The Dalmore: A small range of top end bottlings, none of which I think were unique to the distillery.
• Royal Lochnagar: a range of standard and deluxe Diageo offerings, but not their own Distillers Edition.
• Edradour: fantastic array of Edradour wood finishes and the whole bewildering world of Signatory bottlings.
My point is that when you have done the tour and maybe done the deluxe tour, what is there to keep the real die hard going back? There must be something that is unique to the distillery, otherwise there is no point. Some of these distilleries are a long way from anywhere and whisky fans are m...