Whisky Tours

Ncn’ean distillery, Maclean lands & battles

Ncn'ean distillery, Maclean lands & battles Being a McLean I HAD to pay a visit, even before they were officially open. Ncn’ean (pronounced Nook-knee-anne), is short for Neachneohain, a witch-queen in Scots Gaelic folklore who, according to Sir Walter Scott, ‘rode on the storm and marshalled the rambling host of wanderers under her grim [...]

December 11th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Dailuaine Distillery

Dailuaine Distillery - Farmers and whisky and famous names Just how many of our Scottish distilleries were founded, set up by farmers? Dailuaine is a single malt whisky distillery in Charlestown-of-Aberlour, Strathspey, Scotland. Diageo owned these days. 3 wash stills (18.700 litre), 3 spirit stills (20.500 litre), capacity: 3,370,000 litres It was founded in [...]

December 6th, 2018|Whisky Tours|


ABERLOUR built by a farmer James Fleming, the son of a local tenant farmer built Aberlour Distillery in 1879 after having worked at Dailuaine, for ten years. See our blog James was producing whisky from 1880, until his death at the age of 65 (farmers never stop working, I know by experience) in 1895.  Fleming is [...]

December 6th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Interview with Uday Balaji

Uday Balaji Whisky Consultant. Licensed Whisky Ambassador.  I first chatted to Uday via email, pre dating his tour to Ireland to research whiskey there – I am half Irish after all and do love my Irish drams. Once he returned home to India, he contacted me again re a Scottish tour. I mentioned that we [...]

December 3rd, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Ardmore distillery visit November 2018

The visit was part of a whisky tour by Paul with Anders (Finland). Russell was happy to receive us, many thanks go to Alex for his help, have known him a wee while, it helps to have friends like him. I have been here a few time and looked forward to this, well in advance! [...]

November 28th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Glenallachie Distillery

Paul donders around Glenallachie Distillery, Speyside. In October 2017, Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson purchased the GlenAllachie Distillery. With over 100 years’ experience between them, many would have expected our three veterans to retire. No chance. GlenAllachie spirit was predominantly used in blended whiskies pre their purchase. Now the GlenAllachie is an exceptional single [...]

November 21st, 2018|Whisky Tours|


Paul McLean is talking to Mr Ross Murray, whisky collector Connie and Ross are the owners of The Mansfield Hotel, Elgin.  Ross and I arranged a meeting for a whisky chat. The hotel has been, owner managed, for over 27 years (and it shows). So I am coming into the story a wee bit late. [...]

November 12th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

GlenAllachie Distillery

Message from Billy Walker. GlenAllachie Distillery Scotland “When we purchased GlenAllachie just over a year ago, we were lucky enough to acquire the MacNair's brand. We're continuing our first anniversary celebrations with the launch of MacNair's Lum Reek, a range of peated blended malt scotch whiskies that revive a traditional brand with a contemporary [...]

November 8th, 2018|Whisky Tours|


HOW MUCH WHISKY IS IN SCOTLAND AT ANY ONE TIME? Not including those in my hoose. Have you ever wondered how much whisky there is just lying about in Scotland? I have. Let me guess this bit, say there is an average of 400 litres per cask (I know some are smaller and some larger) [...]

November 7th, 2018|Whisky Tours|

Dunvilles Old Irish Whiskey

Shall we blend tonight darling? Way back in 2008 (ten years folks!), Scotland exported approx 840 million blended whisky bottles; nine years later the number. almost the same. Single malt exports exploded in this same timespan, from 71.8 million bottles to 122 million bottles, stats from the Scotch Whisky Association. A “blended whisky” is a combination [...]

October 31st, 2018|Whisky Tours|