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“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)>>> Whisky reviews by Slàinte Mhath <<<
bedlamborn said:I have been thinking of using Rabbies small bus tours to some distilleries, as I visited Isle of Skye last year with them and they have good guides.
Thanks! We considered our options and booked the Speyside Whisky Trail (3 days). The tour includes:DalwhinnieBenromachCardhuGlenlivetNot sure why Cardhu is part of the tour - there are far better options around. Speyside cooperage and Gordon & MacPhail (Elgin) are also included. Following Horst's advice, we also booked tours to:GlenkinchieAuchentoshanOf course we will visit Cadenhead's in Edinburgh. Boy that will be a tough choice what bottles to pack into our baggage... Hello Norwegian customs! Slàinte!
@SlàinteMhathYou will have to let me know who the Rabbies tour were as I am thinking of booking it myself for this summer.
I missed you reply as I were in italy enjoying sun and wine
Some questions as I am thinking of taking that tour later on this year in September.
How long were each distillery visit? Did it feel rushed or good enough?
Does the distilleries have special bottlings only sold at the distilleries?
How was the Gordon and Macphail visit?
Some questions as I am thinking of taking that tour later on this year in September.How long were each distillery visit? Did it feel rushed or good enough?Does the distilleries have special bottlings only sold at the distilleries?How was the Gordon and Macphail visit?
Distillery visits were well-planned and there was no rush at all. At most places, we had a private tour for only the participants of Rabbie's. Cardhu was only a tasting session, no distillery tour. I have written detailed reviews on all distillery visits which you can find on whiskybase (go to the distillery's name under my 'check ins' and then click on 'Shop & Tour'):
Edit: Looks like whisky.com does not allow external linking to whiskybase. Just search for the distillery's name and you find my reviews anyway.
Concerning distillery-only bottlings: there was nothing too fancy. Your best option to buy something special is when visiting the Whisky Castle in Tomintoul. The have their own range of independently bottled malts, for example a 20-year-old Highland Park at cask strength from Gordon&MacPhail which I found decent enough to buy a bottle of (£99).
Gordon&MacPhail itself is certainly interesting though rather expensive. You find my review under 'shops' in my whiskybase 'check ins'.
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