A big Thank You! to Ken and Marion from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who found me and got a whisky tour in the beautiful East Highlands and Speyside. What is there not to like to go round Scotch distilleries on a frosty, crisp, winter’s morning in North Scotland? We made visits to the fruity, sherry-deliciousness of GlenDronach followed by a drive over to Speyside in the winter sun. We then stopped off for some great Cullen Skink (smoked haddock chowder) and followed that up with a comprehensive tour of the Aberlour Distillery and the space-age, Macallan. Marion had never had whisky before and Ken thought we may have created a monster as she loved the warming, malty goodness the distilleries were giving out. They loved the difference between the distilleries from small to medium to large! All in, we had a great day and their custom was greatly appreciated. Hope to see you again soon! Safe journey home!
The earliest reference to distilling in the Scottish islands is found in the Statutes of Iona of 1609, where it records the charter that allowed islanders to distil but not import “aqua vitae!