This is a must for anyone who likes a wee dram of whiskey **In best Scottish accent**
Even if you’re not too partial to whiskey I’d still say it’s worth a visit!
Set in the quiet yet picturesque town of Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis lies the distillery.
It opened it 1825, a lot of the building is new however, there is one room which is part of the original distillery building.
Firstly, you meet Hector McDram who tells you the legendry story of the Dew of Ben Nevis.
Here are a few facts we learned along the way!
- For a whiskey to be classed as a Scotch, it has to be distilled and matured in Scotland for 3 years and 1 day
- Whiskey comes out of the still at 63% proof
- After 3 years, 99% of the whiskey barrels will be at 40%
- Scotch must be at least 40% proof
- The whiskey is always kept in used barrels. Normally they have been previously used for cognac, sherry or bourbon. This adds to the whiskeys final flavour
- It is actually someone’s job to decide which whiskey should be kept in which used barrels and in what quantity they should be mixed to create the perfect tasting whisky! (Anyone else want to know where they can send their CV’s too?!)
At the end of the tour, we were taken back to the gift shop and given a few drams of different whiskey to try. As we were all driving at some point that day, we were given them in takeaway pots which meant that none of us missed out!
The staff were incredibly friendly with a great sense of humour and were more than willing to answer any questions we had.
All in all, we had a great morning out which only cost us £5 per person – well worth it for the whiskey samples we received!
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, the highland coos mentioned in my previous post were only a further mile down the road so why not pay them a visit at the same time!