A Tour of Scotland Distilleries

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I was recently in Scotland on vacation with my girlfriend Kimberly, and we were able to visit a few distilleries. We started off in Edinburgh where we visited a place called the Scotch Whisky Experience. They have a fun interactive tour that shows you how whisky is made. After the tour they bring out samples of whiskies from Speyside, the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Islands to show the difference in taste between these regions. Then they bring you to a room that holds the Largest Bottle_bloglargest Scotch Whisky collection in the world. This collection was built by whisky connoisseur Claive Vidiz. It took over 35 years to build and holds 3384 bottles of Scotch Whisky. Needless to say, this puts my collection to shame. Then we finished the tour in the tasting room where they have the largest bottle of whisky on display. This bottle stands 4 feet 9 inches and holds 105.3 liters (about 150 bottles).

 

Our next stop was in the Scotch Whisky capital of the world, Dufftown. First stop Aberlour. We tried samples of the Aberlour a’bunadh, Aberlour 12 year and Aberlour 16 year. The 16 year in particular stands out for me. This was well rounded and has a nice complexity from both the ex-bourbon and sherry casks.

 

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Binny’s Mailbag: Whisky Recommendations

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Can you make any whiskey recommendations that are similar to Johnnie Walker Black Label and Glenlivet 12-year. I am looking for something around the same price or cheaper. The two brands that I mentioned are $59.99 for the 1.75L bottle right now.

Thank you,

J.C.

 

Hi J.C.

   We have two recommendations for you that would fit into the profile you’re looking for, and the price. 

   For starters, we highly recommend Speyburn 10 year old single malt. It’s a highland malt, and slightly more full-bodied and caramel forward than your Glenlivet, but very smooth and approachable for $50 for a 1.75L bottle. 

   Our other recommendation would be Teacher’s, a blended highland scotch. The base malt for Teacher’s is Ardmore, a particularly peaty highland single malt. The peat actually comes through slightly more than the Walker Black Label, whose base malts are the very peaty Talisker and Caol Ila. 

   Hope this helps. 

Cheers,

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