Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

It seems only appropriate that Distillery Month on Traveling Savage was interrupted by a trip to Scotland where I worked at a distillery, but I’m back this week with a distillery that has long been near and dear to my heart: Edradour Distillery. Nestled in the hills of above Pitlochry in Perthshire, Edradour is among the first distilleries I ever visited in Scotland. I was struck then by its beauty, history, and indefatigable adherence to tradition. Places like Benromach, Kilchoman, and Strathearn all provide insight into the old ways of uisge beatha, but perhaps Edradour, as the smallest traditional farm distillery in Scotland, combines the various processes and stories of yesteryear into the most attractive and approachable package. Read more...

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Old Pulteney Distillery, Wick, Caithness, Scotland

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve written about Strathearn Distillery and Wolfburn Distillery, and I’m continuing distillery month with a look at another Caithness distillery: The venerable Old Pulteney Distillery in Wick. Since its founding in 1826 Old Pulteney has been one of the more difficult distilleries to visit in Scotland due to its geographical location in the far northeast hinge of the highlands. When the distillery was established everything was brought in by sea — barley, barrels, even men — and the finished whisky left by the same means. This heritage has given Old Pulteney’s whisky the moniker ‘The Maritime Malt,’ and as I would find out there’s more to this name than the history. Read more...

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Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland

Today I’m rolling forward with another distillery visit for Distillery Month here on Traveling Savage. Last week I wrote about Strathearn Distillery in Perthshire and announced my impending return to work there for a week at the end of this month, but today is all about the wild and windy northland. Caithness stands in the northeastern-most corner of Scotland, just across the Pentland Firth from the Orkney Islands, and makes one of the far corners of the North Coast 500. This is a gentle landscape… Read more...

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Strathearn Distillery, Methven, Perthshire

Today marks the beginning of distillery month here on Traveling Savage, and I’m starting with a doozy. Before I get into the heart of my visit, I want to let you know I have some very exciting news that I’ll share at the end of this post. Keep reading!

Visiting every whisky distillery in Scotland is a solemn duty and privilege and a task unlikely to be accomplished any time soon. Every year new distilleries open, further adding to my dastardly workload. Kilchoman and Daftmill are a couple of Scotland’s more recent additions, and Strathearn Distillery, which just celebrated its three-year anniversary in August, is another one. Read more...

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Tomatin Distillery, Inverness-shire, Scotland

One of my personal goals is to visit every malt whisky distillery in Scotland. That’s really just the first step, though. I don’t want to simply step foot in the visitor’s center and jet off, I want to have in-depth tours and tastings to glean the nuances of each establishment because Scottish single malt whisky is all about nuance. To wit, I’ve visited around 45 unique distilleries in Scotland, and several of those I’ve visited multiple times (places like Aberlour, Talisker, and Highland Park). I am continuing my quest today with an epistle from one of my more recent visits: Tomatin Distillery.

Tomatin is one of the easier distilleries to visit in Scotland. It lies just off the A9, the main road north into the highlands, about 25 miles south of Inverness, but this position, wedged between the western highlands, northern highlands, and Speyside, makes it somewhat hard to classify in terms of style. The Tomatin brand is quite familiar to me because I see it on store shelves everywhere here in the Midwest USA, but my experience with it amounted to a few micro-drams at whisky shows… Read more...

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