We left Chester on Friday morning and drove the 6 hours north to Inverness. On the way, the landscape and weather changed dramatically and constantly. We never had rain for more than 5 minutes and the sky would be blue for a few minutes. And that appears to be the weather in scotland..
Halfway up we stopped for lunch at Blair Castle. We didn't have time to go in. While planning, I found that distilleries had 'extended and in depth tours' that you had to pre-book but included tastings of rare and very old whiskeys..this is right up Jason's alley. So I booked a tour each day as they tended to last a few hours.
Blair Castle was beautiful .
First he fills the bottle:
Then he caps it
Driving out to Speyside (the 'area' of distilleries) took a little over an hour from Inverness. We went through a lot of countryside and small towns. No cities here.
It was very large and had lots of vantage points and history. Loch Ness is huge.
I feel sure I don't remember it correctly..but the barley goes in these things to soak and get ground up.
And then it goes in to these things for 8-72 hours to ferment with yeast..kind of like beer at this point.
Up to this point, every distillery was exactly the same except for the source of water. But the shape of the distillers were different. They always looked like tear drops, but some were larger/smaller/taller/fatter/had divits/had inset/etc
And then we tasted
And yeah..remember the whole "you can bottle one, if you'd like"...turned in to two.....
Jason comes home on Saturday. He is ready and so are we!!!!!