Glenfarclas Distillery Tour

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Address: Ballindalloch, Speyside, Banffshire AB37 9BD

Contact: +44 (0) 1807 500345.

Websitehttp://www.glenfarclas.co.uk

Opening hours (as seen on 2015/8/4):

January to March: Monday to Friday 10AM – 4PM

April to June: Monday to Friday 10AM to 5PM

July to September: Monday to Friday 10AM to 5PM, Saturday 10AM to 4PM

October to December: Monday to Friday 10AM to 4PM

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The Glenlivet Distillery Tour

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Address: Castleton of Blairfindy, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB

Contact: +44 (0)1340 821720

Website: http://uk.theglenlivet.com/

Opening dates*:
Monday 16th March – Friday 13th November 2015

Opening times*: Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 4.00pm, Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

(*as seen on 2015/8/4):

Booking: By telephone or Online vis their website.

– Be sure to check website or call for tour times and dates. –

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Dallas Dhu Distillery Tour

Address: Mannachie Rd, Forres, Moray IV36 2RR

Contact: 01309 676548

Website: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_085&PropName=Dallas%20Dhu%20Historic%20Distillery

Opening Hours (as seen on 7/8/15):

Summer: 1 April – 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Winter: 1 October – 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

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Worm Tubs

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Whisky Gifts : When you don’t want to buy a bottle.

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We all have whisky-lovin’ friends and family. Buying gifts can be tricky at the best of times and buying a bottle can prove a risky business (Ex. don’t know their preference, they already have everything they want, travel restrictions etc etc etc).

Here is my wish list, ahem, list of some great whisky gift ideas!

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Benromach Distillery Tour

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Address: Invererne Rd, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3EB

Website: http://www.benromach.com

Opening Hours (as seen on distillery website 19/8/15):

January 5th to April: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm (last tour 3pm)

May: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm (last tour 3.30pm)

June to September: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm (last tour 3.30pm), Sunday 10am – 4pm (last tour 3pm)

October to December 19th: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm (last tour 3pm)

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A view of the distillery.

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Cragganmore Distillery Tour

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Address: Cragganmore Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9AB

Contact: +44 (0) 1479 500202

Website: http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/cragganmore/

Opening Hours (as seen on Website on 4/8/15):

April: Monday – Friday 09.30 – 17.00

May: Monday – Friday 09.30 – 17.00 – Sunday 12.30 – 17.30

June/July/August/September: Monday – Saturday 09.30 – 17.00, Sunday 12.30 – 17.30

October: Monday – Friday 09.30 – 17.00

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Aberlour Distillery Tour

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‘Obar Lobhair’ or ‘Aberlour’ means ‘the mouth of the chattering burn’.

A group of people that once lived in the area believed that they could speak to their ancestors through the waters of the burn. Though the river babbles as it passes alongside the distillery the name likely came from the murmurs of these ethereal conversations.

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Address: Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 9PJ

Contact: +44 (0) 1340 881249

Websitehttp://www.aberlour.com/distillery/

Dates that tours are available (as seen on the Distillery webpage – 03/08/15)

From January 5 to March 13, 2015 (Monday to Friday)

March 16 to November 13, 2015 (daily)

November 16 to December 18, 2015 (Monday to Friday)

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Cadenheads Classic Gin

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I decided to diverge from our usual Whisky offerings to give you my thoughts on a summer favorite of mine.

Nose:

Juniper berries, perfume, and dried citrus

Taste:

Juniper berries, cinnamon, citrus and sweet sap

Finish:

Warm winter spices and bittersweet lemonade

Score: 8

Thoughts: This is my favorite gin on the market and one of the few I would happily drink neat as well as mixed. It has a great price point (-25 quid) for such a tasty tipple. Great with tonic for the hot summer months (wishful thinking in Edinburgh right now) and an excellent addition to a hot Gin Toddy.

Gin Toddy Recipe:

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