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Scotch whiskey

Where the best whiskey is born

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Scotch whiskey
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Whiskey is an integral part of Scotland. Its origins date back to the 15th century, where it was cooked in monasteries. Some sources state that whiskey came to the island from Ireland in the 6th century. Due to high burning taxes, black distilleries began to emerge. A huge number of these distilleries have been preserved in Scotland, and the „Scottish“ has thus become a sought-after assortment and recognized by many as the best in the world. Scotch whiskey has strict production rules and is divided into several types.

Scotch whiskey

Where the best whiskey is born

Whiskey is an integral part of Scotland. Its origins date back to the 15th century, where it was cooked in monasteries. Some sources state that whiskey came to the island from Ireland in the 6th century. Due to high burning taxes, black distilleries began to emerge. A huge number of these distilleries have been preserved in Scotland, and the „Scottish“ has thus become a sought-after assortment and recognized by many as the best in the world. Scotch whiskey has strict production rules and is divided into several types. Its primary and most important component is water, and it has clear rules. It should be out of the heath and flow through the birch roots, giving the whiskey a clear aroma, color and taste. It is no secret that distilleries buy land in the area to ensure safety and avoid water contamination. The second ingredient is now used to burn barley whiskey. After the production process, the whiskey is aged in oak barrels, which are always used. For example, after Burbon, Sherry, Port wine, or Cabernet and Rum, so it is possible to get whiskey with various attributes. The division of whiskey for us is probably the most famous is Single Malt and Blended Malt (Blended) and others. We probably find ourselves most often with the name Blended Malt (Blended) – it is a mixture of at least two Single Maltes, but it is often much more Single Malt from different distilleries. Single Malt – comes from a specific distillery and does not mix with other Single Malt, this whiskey is also priced elsewhere and there are differences in the taste, which even the likes know. Furthermore, whiskey is divided according to destinations. We are in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, which is characterized by numerous forests and moors. So we are in an area professionally called Speyside, which is divided according to towns and villages. In this park, there is a museum of Speyside, ie regional distilleries. Along the way, one meets many of them. We visited the largest distillery in Scotland – Glenfiddich, which is also one of the world's TOP whiskeys. We most often meet Grant's whiskey named after the founder, but it could be said that it is the starting line, as it is Blended Malt. Then we visited the oldest registered distillery in Scotland, Glenlivet. In each distillery it is possible to buy or taste their brand and get to know what is really good whiskey.

Speyside Museum

Here is a museum of regional distilleries from the Cairngorms National Park

Speyside Museum
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Barrels up to heaven

Who would count them. We are at the production of whiskey barrels.

Barrels up to heaven
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Glenfiddich

The largest distillery in Scotland.

Glenfiddich
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Inside the distillery

The folk architecture of distilleries is beautiful

Inside the distillery
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Family branch

To this day, Glenfiddich is a family business.

Family branch
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In the heart of the distillery

There is definitely a good year cooking here today.

In the heart of the distillery
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Glenlivet

distillery already in sight

Glenlivet
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The oldest distillery

It is the oldest registered distillery in Scotland

The oldest distillery
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Drinking may make your head spin
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Drinking may make your head spin

More than one person could get confused by the broom. It is possible to find fine whiskey to coarse whiskey. It is not a problem to come across whiskey in the range of 20–70%

Pleasant environment

We have always been in a pleasant environment, even inside, where we are tasting in a pleasant environment and the sommelier will be happy to recommend or even say what tastes to look for in it.

Pleasant environment
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Farewell

Just cross the bridge and drive again with the feeling of what good whiskey is and how it should taste. After all, „Scottish“ is one of the best in the world.

Farewell
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