It has become almost a tradition that I use the Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in London as an excuse for a small holiday at the beginning of October. Apart from popping over to London I also decided to spend a few days in Paris afterwards.
I received an invitation for this year’s Whisky Show organized by The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis in London. Even though it was not quite easy to fit this into my schedule, I decided to accept anyway.
On my way back from Speyside to Edinburgh I made a pit stop in Crieff. I had recieved an invitation from my German Facebook friend Mark Giesler who wanted to show me Glenturret distillery, the home of the Famous Grouse blend.
Like Knockdhu, Glendronach is only about ten miles away from Huntly close to Forgue, so with the help of a lift I could visit this distillery as well. Retired distillery manager Frank Massie showed my around the place.
Stewart Buchanan, the distillery manager of Benriach held a tasting of his whiskies at the Spirit of Speyside Festival. It started out as your usual distillery tasting, but it turned into something very special.
Dufftown has the reputation of being “built on seven stills”. One of those is aptly named “Dufftown”, and just like its neighbour Mortlach it is only open to the public for the Spirit of Speyside Festival.
Glenfiddich is one of the biggest Scottish distilleries and it was the first one that actively marketed single malt whisky on a global basis. I decided it would be foolish not to pop in and have a look around.