A quiet Saturday I dropped by on my lonesome to see my favourite distillery – just a half hour up the road. Pulling into the car park, just ahead of the tractor, was a wee bit surprised just how many cars were already there! A busy day for whisky it seemed. I really like coming here – we both do (Liz) – is it the staff? Is it the owner Andrew? Is it the whisky (lots of it)? Well, it’s all of the above, we get such a nice welcome here, so friendly plus it’s a very scenic place to visit. One of my main reasons was to check out the new distillery up the hill. I met Andrew, chatted for a while over certain bottles available in the shop, we needed a couple of his excellent drams, came away with Ballachin XPTMXCIH, a 2003 delight at 62.7%, a wee peaty/smoky number, also a bottle of his Edradour PTMXPE 14 year old single malt, 58.7%, fab choices from the distillery range, managed also to grab a bottle of his Clynelish 20 year old 1996, a 20 year old dram bottle number 314, cask 8787 for all you whisky geeks. A refill butt at 46% this won’t last long with us! After securing these wee beauties we headed up the hill to the new facility. It’s the first time I have made this walk and was amazed really at the size of the place. It continues all the way up the hill, white buildings, with the Edradour red and black paint on doors and windows. These new warehouses along with the existing can now hold 30,000 casks if needed, but as Andrew said, probably not, as casks are moved in and out daily. They have been producing their spirit here since January and 30 casks or so filled already. You need remember here, Edradour is not one of the big boys, is this a problem? NO, definitely no, it makes the whisky better in my opinion, as more care is taken, hands – on and loved – every drop, a real care is taken here, plus, I am told, it tastes exactly the same as the original dram, must be something to do with the new stills being exact replicas of the old ones, giving a total output of some 450,000 litres annually. The landscaping is still ongoing, a touch of paint here and there, but for all purposes they are up and running, grand stuff!