Speyside

The Classic Tour at The Speyside Cooperage (Tour)

The Classic Tour at The Speyside Cooperage (Whisky Sherry Bourbon Cask Barrel Wood Cooper Experience)

It is said that about 70 per cent of a whisky’s flavor and 100 per cent of its (natural) color come from the cask. When you put a sub-par distillate into top-quality wood, the result will usually be decent at least. But when you fill excellent new make into weak barrels (more…)

Balmenach “48.98 – Bubblegum church candle” by SMWS (Review)

Balmenach 9yo Bubblegum Church Candle by The SMWS (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Society Tasting Notes)

My girlfriend and I bought this Balmenach 9yo at The Vaults, the spiritual home of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, on the first day of our latest trip to Scotland. To be honest, we predominantly picked it because it was one of the cheapest whiskies they had on sale. (more…)

The Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin (Bar)

The Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin, Speyside (Scotland Whisky Bar Restaurant Pub Afterwork Drink Place)

“When you are in Elgin, make sure to stop by at The Drouthy Cobbler for a dram and a nibble!” – While planning my first-ever visit to Speyside, I did not hear this advice once or twice, but at least a dozen times. As this left me with no other option than checking the much-praised venue out (more…)

The Explorers Tour at Glenfiddich Distillery (Tour)

The Explorers Tour at Glendfiddich Distillery in Dufftown (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Experience)

When my girlfriend Dini and I arrived at Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, our experience started in quite an uncommon way, namely with a modeling session. As we were about to enter the visitor centre, photographer John Paul stopped us and asked if we would mind serving as extras (more…)

The Six Pillars Tour at The Macallan Distillery (Tour)

The Six Pillars Tour at The Macallan Distillery (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Experience)

“This spirit can restore you / It’s the finest I have seen / With my own eyes / With my own eyes,” sings whisky bard Robin Laing in his beautiful piece “Macallan” from the acclaimed “Whisky For Breakfast” album. While I have already seen the cherished Speyside distillery’s excellent product (more…)