Ingvar Ronde’s whisky tour
Another whisky tour. This tour features a Keeper of the Quaich for the first time! It was our third whisky tour for Ingvar Ronde, Editor of The Malt Whisky Yearbook, great to see Ingvar and friends again.
Sunday 7 May: Paul met the guys in Aberdeen drove to Elgin, it was a late arrival so munchies at The Drouthy Cobbler and bed. Monday 8 May: An early start to Glen Grant Distillery . Many thanks Dennis for a brilliant tour. From here we drove to Forsyth´s in Rothes – never been before and it was eye opening to say the least! Our final visit was at Glenfarclas. Not too far from here we stay for the first night, with a 3 course dinner.
Tuesday 9 May: We left Speyside and headed to Glen Ord Distillery, another great tour and dram session. Leaving the distillery, we head to the Carnegie Hotel for lunch. Next – Balblair. The Distillery – Manager, John MacDonald, selects whiskies that have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the peak of perfection and offers these to the waiting whisky lovers. He gave one of the best tours I have ever had at a distillery, even supplying drams for me (the driver)! Our rest for a couple of days was Dornoch.
Wednesday 10 May: a drive south to Glenmorangie Distillery. Another excellent tour – this is becoming a habit! A short distance away was our next stop; Dalmore, myself, I found this disappointing, the guide had a few things wrong and we did not have a private tour, och well, the (private) dram session made up for this. We also enjoyed a guided tour of Dornoch Distillery by Simon, wee but good, followed by a great tasting with Michael at Carnegie Cellars. Another night in Dornoch.
Thursday 11 May: From Dornoch to Clynelish, for a tour and tasting, well Brora ws the tour as Clynelish is still undergoing changes, but we did dram there. We needed to be at Tomatin at 13.15 – a serious effort driving here in time, notwithstanding all the roadworks. Tomatin, once one of the largest in Scotland. Excellent visits as usual, all arranged by the Boss, Ingvar. Is that it for today I hear you ask – no, we called in at one more; Speyside Distillery near Kingussie, Paul’s favourite. Thanks to Sandy for a grand tasting and yes, I bought a bottle!
South again to Pitlochry. I went to see the gypsy. She looked in my palm, looked me in the eye and said “You’re a lucky man” coming your way, is a large dram. Liz joined us tonight in Pitlochry, we all shared food, drinks and fun, she should join our tours more. Friday 12 May: Glen Turret at 10am – known to many as The Famous Grouse. Off to the Deanston Distillery for 14.00. A glimpse into the angels share, great tour and taste, before heading to Edinburgh. We left our friends overnight here, another great tour over, looking forward to 2018 now.
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