The Whisky Trail
This region of Scotland is home to the world famous Malt Whisky Trail. Some of the finest whiskies in the world are proudly and lovingly produced in the area. Once tasted, this amber liquid becomes a pleasure to be repeated and the tasting of different single malts and blends a must.
At Boath House we have a wide selection of fine and rare malt whiskies, which are available for sampling at any time during your stay. As there are so many fine distilleries locally, we would also highly recommend visiting at least one. Below we have included details of a selection of ones that, in our opinion, beg to be visited.
'Must Visit' Whisky Distilleries in Scotland
Benromach - Situated on the outskirts of the ancient town of Forres, Benromach Distillery has had a chequered history, changing hands several times and also laying silent. Work began in 1997 to re-equip the distillery with production equipment. This included two new stills, a new mash tun and wash backs which had been re-worked from the originals. The first spirit ran off the stills in the Autumn of Benromach's Centenary Year, 1998. The distillery opened its doors to the visiting public in August 1999 and visitors are warmly welcomed in the Malt Whisky Centre, which was formerly the old drier house. www.benromach.com
Aberlour - Due to the increasing interest in and appreciation of malt whisky, a greater range of whisky is being produced by this distillery using the soft water rising from the granite of Ben Rinnes. The village of Aberlour lies in the heart of Speyside malt-distilling and Aberlour distillery can certainly be traced back to 1826 and was rebuilt in 1879 and 1898 leading to expansion in 1945 when it was purchased by Campbell Distillers. www.aberlour.co.uk
Glenfiddich - The Glen of the river Fiddich gives its name to this biggest-selling single malt whisky in the world. The distillery lies on the river Fiddich (meaning that the river runs through the valley of the deer), in Dufftown. This small but world famous distillery was founded in 1886-87 and is still owned by the original family. It is a limited company with its own bottling line on site, producing mature malts some of great value and age. www.glenfiddich.com
The Balvenie - Next door to Glenfiddich and founded by the same company in 1892 - added Kininvie in 1990 and remains a family firm.The Balvenie whiskies are sweeter and richer following the Speyside heather-honey style and the barley is supplied from the family farm. www.thebalvenie.com
Glenfarclas - One of the best known, respected and fiercely independent distilleries of Speyside. Although not widely known their whiskies are much sought after by the connoisseurs. The distillery, privately family owned by J. and G. Grant, (no connection with any other whisky Grants), is situated about a mile from the river Spey, below heather-covered hills, beneath Ben Rinnes. Using the same soft water as Aberlour. www.glenfarclas.co.uk
The Macallan - Became part of the Highland Distillers group in 1996 which group inherited a distillery of very high standards. The malt whiskies distilled in recent years come to maturity shortly and are awaited eagerly. Meanwhile the variety of whiskies produced by this company are consistently of a high standard. However, the short supply of special barley has proved somewhat of a problem and other strains of grain have had to be included, with their loyalty to Jerez sherry still firmly intact. In fact these whiskies of quality have been made on the Macallan Speyside site near Craigellachie since late 1700. www.themacallan.com