A trail, which features some of Scotland’s top whisky distilleries, is offering a selection of great Christmas gift ideas for whisky fans this festive season.
The Malt Whisky Trail (MWT) links nine iconic whisky locations in Moray Speyside, an area with the largest concentration of whisky distilleries in the world.
This year, the company behind this exciting trail is offering a range of experiences that are the perfect gift inspiration for those stuck short on ideas of what to get their loved ones.
A spokesperson for the MWT said: “Why not treat your loved one to the ultimate Scotch experience this Christmas, with a visit to malt whisky country to meet the craftspeople who make the whiskies you love. There are tours and tastings to suit all budgets.”
The Chivas Blending Experience
During this fun experience you will discover the world of Chivas Regal, the world’s “first luxury whisky”. You will begin by touring Strathisla distillery in Keith to discover how the single malt at the heart of Chivas Regal is made.
You will then have the opportunity to taste some special drams and the opportunity to create your own blend in the style of Chivas Regal and you will be able to take away a small bottle of it to impress your friends.
Price: £60 per person for 2 hours 15 minutes
Cardhu Distillery ‘Collection’ tour and tasting
Home to the World-famous Johnny Walker blend, Cardhu Distillery nestles in a picturesque setting in the heart of Speyside. The only distillery started by a woman, Cardhu really does stand out with its unique history and the product it makes.
This in-depth guided tour of the distillery is followed by a tutored nosing and tasting of the Cardhu range and a complimentary Glencairn glass.
Price: £20.00 per person for 1 hour 15 minutes
The Glenlivet Distillery (Definitive Spirit tour)
On this in-depth tour you’ll learn about founder George Smith, and discover how this brand became so popular around the world.
You’ll also get a sample of their new make spirit followed by a selection from their range of other whiskies to help you understand the marriage of the spirit and the wood in creating this final whisky from this hugely popular distillery.
Price: £65 per person for 2 hours 30 minutes
Glenfiddich Distillery ‘Pioneer tour’
Situated in the whisky town of Dufftown, the Glenfiddich Distillery is home to the world’s most-awarded single malt. The distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant and is currently run by the fifth generation of his family.
Distillery tours start at just £10, but this inspiring half-day visit offers something special. You’ll visit a number of malt warehouses including warehouse number 12, home to the Malt Master’s Selection. Here, you will be invited to fill a 20cl bottle from the cask of your choice.
The experience will conclude with a tutored masterclass of a selection of five of Glenfiddich’s finest whiskies along with delicious canapés prepared by the distillery head chef.
Price: £95 per person for 4 hours
Glen Moray ‘Intermediate Tour’
Get an intimate insight into this small, friendly and informal distillery in the heart of Elgin, the historic capital of Speyside. Glen Moray has been distilled on the banks of the River Lossie since 1897 by a small dedicated team of craftspeople.
During this in-depth tour, a distillery manager will show you how the ingredients, processes and skills of those responsible for producing this finest quality single malt have remained constant over a century of distilling.
Price: £35.00 per person
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