I had the great privilege of touring Paris during the winter of 2016. While I was there, I was gifted a most amazing bottle of whisky from Bretagne, called Kornog. A dear friend, and former protégé from the region gave it to me, knowing I was on an exploration of whisky from Europe.
Until about a year or so ago, it was my belief that Scotland had set the Gold Standard for what a whisky should taste like, then one night in a whisky bar in Montreal, I got a small lesson in humility. I had ordered a sample flight of European whiskies, from Sweden, France and Switzerland. Each of them were amazing in their own right! I had slow walked myself to an epiphany that each whisky needs to be judged on it’s own merits!
So back to the Kornog, it is from a region that celebrates it’s continental Celtic heritage. It is lightly peated, with a beautiful straw colour. The taste is as good as any Scottish whisky I have sampled.
On our ongoing trip across Scotland last summer, we were on our way to Blair Castle, and detoured into Aberfeldy, as we were drawn by the distillery.
We had lunch in the cafe, but alas, did not have time for a full tour. So the Customer Care Specialist let us look around the museum, and offered us a dram or two of whisky. The Highland Hospitality was on full display for us.
Some pictures of our visit.
The ubiquitous pagoda at the distillery.
I only had one glass of whisky, dear 🙂
I am a hobbyist sampler, not affiliated with any distillery. This is offered only as a travelogue of my trip.
I really meant to get more of my distillery tour up, but life got in the way! So, without further delay, my trip to The Macallan.
After we left Duffown back in July, we made a bee-line to see The Macallan, as that is the whisky of choice of my friend Bill. We got there only to find out you have to book a tour online, in advance! So we did not get to walk about the facility, but Jodie demonstrated the finest in Highland Hospitality, offered us a dram, and gave us a story just the same! Customer care at it’s finest!
The view from the parking lot
Don’t remember the age, nor price of the bottle, but it was old and expensive!
Back in July, I travelled to Scotland with my friend Bill, and got to participate in my ABCD tour of the UK. That is, another bloody castle, another bloody church, and another bloody distillery.
We threw in some highland games and other tourist activities too!
After we left Aberdeen, we made our way to Dufftown, to see Glenfiddich. I wanted to see Balvenie too, but seriously closed on a Friday?
They offer free hour long tours every hour. You can take a longer paid tour if you are interested! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and outgoing we got to see most of the operation of distillery, and it was very cool! At the end of the tour, you get to sample a 10, 15, and 18 year old whisky!
The symbolic pagoda roof
A copper mash tun
Cool old delivery lorrie
Nice Glencairn glass, for those times you tell your wife you only had one 🙂