Wednesday, 18 June 2014

1940 feet and some change

It was time to say goodbye to Linda, Graham and Johanne. Two weeks had gone bye so fast, while we were still having so much fun getting to know each other when staying with them in Speyside. After exchanging some hugs we took off before we all would break down in tears, apparently we are not good in goodbyes from people we have a good connection with - lets leave it to that.

Driving from Craigellachie to Dufftown and then in the direction of Tomintoul following the A939 and eventually the B976 to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery is quite a beautiful ride. We wanted to do this drive in 2012 also but were warned by some locals that the road was still icy and snowy, so we passed back then. Having heard about this great route through Cairngorms National Park we knew we just had to try when we were in the area again.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Traveling to the west for some #whiskyfabricroadtrip fun

On the last day of our trip to Speyside we had an appointment with the Tomatin distillery. In 2012 we had stopped at Tomatin Distillery on a Sunday, driving from Oban to Inverness taking the scenic route via a closed Ben Nevis distillery. Tomatin does not do tours on Sunday either, but they had their visitor's centre doors opened, so we could go in for a cup of coffee and a dram. Back then we had promised ourselves to come back and this year, that time had come. Johanne had arranged a tour, but was not told what to expect, so the five of us came in and were ready to get surprised. And what a surprise they had in store for us...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Building a cask and going to the museum


We had already seen the cooper's craft when we visited the Balvenie two years ago, but had never been to the Speyside Cooperage before, so we had decided to visit while we were in the area anyway. Coming from Craigellachie when going to Dufftown, it is a hard to miss location when you would be following the A941 once more. Traveling from Aberlour to Dufftown, you can take an unnamed B-road, which will lead you behind the back of the cooperage, where you can see the many casks, hoops and staves in all different sizes, stacked to be used - either for repair work or in order to be sold to a distillery and filled with spirit.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Our 50th

We woke up to this beautiful sunny Wednesday morning at the house we rented on the banks of the river Fiddich in the beautiful village of Craigellachie, Aberlour, Scotland. The sun was out early and the birds were performing their most beautiful compositions in our windowsill, reminding us we had a beautiful day ahead, where we would be going to see our 50th distillery from the inside; Glenfarclas - our Golden Promise*.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Feis Ile 2014 - Ardbeg day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.


Today, Saturday May 31st 2014, it is Ardbeg day. Possibly one of the most anticipated parties of the year (on the island) take place at the courtyard of the distillery at this day, welcoming the many Ardbeg fans and Committee members with their many silly games and festivities. We have chosen the Ardbeg Committee expression of the Ardbeg Rollercoaster to celebrate the day - albeit from a distance.



We have been at the distillery, done the tours and drank the drams - and although that was great and all, whenever we think back of the times we have visited, we mostly remember the fantastic lunchroom we keep coming back to because we still have not tried everything on the menu.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Feis ile 2014 - Bunnahabhain day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.


Today, Friday May 30th 2014, it is Bunnahabhain day. We have decided to share the Gordon and Macphail - the Macphail's Collection - Bunnahabhain 8 year old with you.



We have visited the distillery twice, but have actually never managed to do a tour there, but it is still on the planning to do so on the next occasion we are there for sure; during Feìs Ìle 2015. The grand distillery looks like a small abandoned village, and our initial impressions was "desolate". The trip to get to the distillery in quite beautiful and the distillery's surroundings make up for the impression though, as do most of the drams we have tasted.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Feis Ile 2014 - Jura & Kilchoman Day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.

The stunning Machir Bay
Today, Thursday May 29th 2014, it is Jura and Kilchoman day. We are sharing our thoughts today on a dram of each of these distilleries with you.

Gordon & Macphail - Connoisseurs Choice - Jura 1995/2010
Thomas' thoughts - Ansgar's thoughts

Kilchoman 2007 Vintage 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Feis Ile - 2014 Bowmore Day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.

Today, Wednesday May 28th, 2014, it is Bowmore day. We are sharing our thoughts today on the Ultimate 2002 - 2014, matured in a Hogshead for 11 years.


We have visited this lovely distillery last year for the Feis Ile 2013 festivities. Placed in the heart of the village of Bowmore, it is a great place to stop by and bottle your own straight from the cask in the warehouses.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Feis Ile 2014 - Laphroaig Day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.

Whisky Speller enjoying Feis Ile 2013
Today, Tuesday May 27th 2014, it is Laphroaig day. We are sharing our thoughts today on the Ultimate 1998 - 2013, matured in a refill ex-Sherry Butt for 15 years.


We have visited this lovely distillery last year for the Feis Ile 2013 festivities. A relaxed place to be and to walk around. Weather permitting, you can stroll to the edge of the island and see the Atlantic ocean and have a look at Ireland in the distance. Situated in a beautiful setting, we are looking forward to travelling back to this great spot on Islay, come next year.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Feis Ile 2014 - Caol Ila day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.

the best view one gets from the still room towards Jura
Today, Monday May 26th 2014, it is Caol Ila day. We are about to share our thoughts on the Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1997-2010.

Thomas' thoughtsAnsgar's thoughts

Our second distillery tour ever was at the Caol Ila distillery in 2012 and we only visited the distillery's shop on last year's travels. It is about time we get back there and see what we have missed in the process, and make sure we take home a bottle of something nice while we are at it...