Our Story of Whisky Production: From Barley to Glass

SUMMARY: No visit to Scotland is complete without an investigation of our national drink - whisky! On this tour we expand the conventional distillery visit by tracing whisky production from the seed in the field to the liquid in the glass. Slainte.




HIGHLIGHTS & KEY LOCATIONS: Rural landscape, visit a working farm, distillery tour and whisky tasting


ITINERARY: After collection from your hotel in Aberdeen we will travel north into the ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’ to visit a 400-acre, privately owned farm specialising in the cultivation of barley. The farmer will escort our guests on a tour of the farm, where we will see the growing crop (May to August growing season) and combine harvester, hear how he achieves the quality required for barley destined for whisky production, and visit the drying and storage facilities. The farm visit includes a warming cup of tea, just in case the weather turns cold!


We then head to the neighbouring town of Turriff; home, in August, to the largest two-day agricultural show in Scotland. Here, we will visit a commercial Maltings and Storage facility for an in-depth talk on the malting process and the standards required for malting barley.


After lunch in an award winning local restaurant we will travel to the village of Oldmeldrum for the last step in the whisky making process; a visit to the Glen Garioch distillery. Here they take the malted barley, along with water and yeast, and distil one of the finest Single Highland Malt Whiskies; a tour will provide a full step-by-step explanation of the process and is followed, of course, by a taste of the amber liquid, uisge beatha - the Water of Life.


OVERNIGHT STOPS & ACCOMMODATION: Why not extend you tour with a tour of the neighbouring Speyside region, home to the highest concentration of distilleries in the country?

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: There will be ample photo stops at all main locations.

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