SCOTLAND - PART II: THE WHISKY TRAIL
The next destination of my Scottish adventure was Aberlour, a city in the highlands where are the most important whisky distilleries. It’s 160miles from Edinburg. The trip is worth! The landscape is amazing. Elks, bisons, horses and sheeps in the midst of snow-covered fields and pines.
My friends and I ended up to stay in Craigellachie, a small and beautiful village in Moray, at the confluence of the River Spey and River Fiddich, in walking distance of Aberlour. The hotel was The Craigellachie Hotel, a boutique style with very good service, restaurant, accommodation and a bar with a large and amazing selection of single malt whiskies by the glass, with well over 700 bottles.
Craigellachie is near Cardhu Distillery, where we started the Whisky Trail. Cardhu is the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced there has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as silky and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends. Nowadays, Cardhu belongs to Diageo, that also owns the brands Buchanan’s, Johnnie Walker, Grand Old Parr, Guinness, Smirnoff among others giants.
After Cardhu, we went to The Macallan Distillery. One of the first distilleries in Scotland, to be legally licensed, since 1824. And, it’s the one of the world’s truly great single malt whiskies.
Our last stop on the trail was the Glenfarclas. Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.
There were three intense days tasting and learning more about the history of this drink so unique and traditionally appreciated around the world.
What an unforgettable trip!