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Aug 23rd, 2004, 01:09 PM
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Whisky Tour

Looking at the 1,2 & 3 day tours out of Edinburgh, all I can find are ones that visit one distillery, the Famous Grouse.

Any tips on a short motor coach tour that visits 2 or 3 distilleries?

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Aug 23rd, 2004, 03:07 PM
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I don't know any, but just to play devil's advocate, why would you want to go and see 2 or 3 distileries on one trip, anyway?

The Famous Grouse one at Glen Turret is meant to be a great trip
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 03:43 PM
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I'm with Sheila. See one distillery and you've seen them all. Now tasting various whiskies -- that's another matter. But you don't need to go to the distilleries to do that!!!
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 06:10 PM
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Keith: Hate to disagree with such authorities as Shiella and Patrick. However, we did a day trip from Elgin to Perth and stoppred at three well researched distilleries. They are as different as wineries in the US; the facilities, the tours, the tasting rooms and, of course, the whisky. Famous Grouse is a blend, not a single malt; a very good blend to be sure, but a blend none the less. Our favorite in terms of ambience and architectual splendor was the no longer operational Dallas Dhu. Simply beautiful and you can still taste whisky the have on hand. I bought a 35 year old to take home and enjoyed over the years. You get a "wee dram" at each distillery and after three stops we had to pull into a rest stop and take a wee nap. The banter with the barmen and women in the tasting rooms was great fun particularly if you are there on a not very busy day as we were.
I don't know of a tour from Edinburgh, but I might sugest a car rental for a day, The route is beautiful, much like our Napa Valley if you have done that; a bit more hilly, but wooded and shrubby like the Silverado Trail. Go to a TI in Edinburgh )there are at least two and perhaps more) and I'll bet they can hook you up with a tour. If you do multiple days and get anywhere near Elgin, be sure to visit Pluscardin Abbey. It is at the top of the Whisky Trail and quite amazing, Just a beautifully serene place and still an active Abbey. Have a great trip.
Late breaking development: if you go to this site "http://www.maltwhiskytrail.com/index1.htm", you will find information on a day long tour visiting six distilleries with lunch included. I am sure there are others. Just google "whisky trail scotland". Good luck.
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 06:41 PM
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Hmmmm... renting a car to take a tour of distilleries may not be the best idea.
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Aug 23rd, 2004, 10:53 PM
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I do agree with joegri that seeing more than one distillery is a good thing to do....I have seen (mental calculation) 6 over the years, and some of them many more times than once! But in one day!!

And to be clear, Famous Grouse IS a blend, but, like many blenders, its owners Matthew Gloag and Sons owns at least one distillery, and, as referred to by Keith, one of them is Glen Turret, which can be bought as a single malt. They have built a visitor centre at Glen Turret and it's meant to be first class although I haven't been yet.

In addition, Famous Grouse have been doing a vatted malt for about 4 years. Not everyone's cup of tea, but.... I believe the key ingredients are the Macallan and Highland park
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Aug 24th, 2004, 06:23 AM
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>>They have built a visitor centre at Glen Turret and it's meant to be first class although I haven't been yet.<<

Well, I visited in March, and it was a first class disappointment. But I should have known better -- it is billed as "The Famous Grouse Experience" and I should have learned by now to be wary of manufactured "Experiences". Glen Turret is a tiny distillery in a pretty glen. What you get is a quick and perfunctory tour of this little distillery, a glass of Famous Grouse, which contains little or no Glen Turret, a lame multimedia "experience" and exit through the gift shop.

Fortunately, I visited Glengoyne a couple of days later and had an honest and interesting tour, no "experiences", with a chance to taste the 10 year old and 17 year old Glengoyne single malt.
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Aug 24th, 2004, 01:08 PM
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> why would you want to go and see 2 or 3 distileries on one trip, anyway?

Because I am interested in them don't expect to be in Scotland a second time.

Why would someone see several plays in one trip to London

Aside from the obvious negative of driving and drinking, I drove in the UK earlier this year (I'm American) and did not like driving at all.

I have googled pretty heavy on tours in Scotland. At first glance, there are a ton of options. But after removing all of those that are too many days, or are only for groups or personalized, there are only a few.

It looks like there are more, because some are listed under many names. For example: Timberbush Tours = Rabbies Trail Burners = Astral Travels = Sightseeing Direct = Travelers Toolkit, and Lynott Tours = Prestige Tours = Scottish Tours.

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