Monday, 31 January 2011

Dalwhinnie Distillery - 1

An opportunity to sample the 'Gentle Spirit' of the glen at one of the highest distilleries in the land, Dalwhinnie is a wonderfully full-bodied, smooth and warming malt whisky. Where it matters, Dalwhinnie retains the old ways. Increasingly rare wooden worm tubs, a landmark outside the distillery distinctive as it’s pagoda roofs, help this remain a spirit of real character.

Situated high in the Grampian mountains, near the geographical centre of Scotland, Dalwhinnie has for centuries been a meeting place, principally for the cattle drovers travelling down from the North, or over from Kintail, Skye and the Hebrides,to the main markets at Crieff and Falkirk in the south. It is probable that there was at that time an illicit still at Dalwhinnie, to meet their needs, as the journey was long and arduous, and required frequent resting periods.

Dalwhinnie is confirmed by the Met. Office as having the coldest average recorded temperature (6.0C) of any inhabited region in Scotland and probably, the UK.

In 2006 Alan Rae took over as Distillery Manager. We now have a team of 6 men and 2 women producing our Dalwhinnie single malt,between them they have over 160 years of experience. We have a busy visitors centre and well stocked whisky shop, with 4 permanent staff and 6 seasonal guides.

Dalwhinnie Distillery is indeed remote, and it is not a good idea to pay a visit whilst driving. Fortunately, Dalwhinnie has its own railway station and is approximately 1 hour from Inverness on the train.

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