Whisky

Strathisla

Known as one of Scotland's most attractive distilleries, Strathisla sits on the banks of the River Isla in Keith. The oldest licensed malt distillery in Scotland, Strathisla is the spiritual home of iconic blend, Chivas Regal. Its own malts are worthy of note too, evolving as they age from fragrance to richness.

Tours run from April until October, while the shop is open all year.

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The Glenlivet

Already an expert moonshiner, George Smith responded to the pivotal 1823 Excise Act not only by going legit the next year, but also by going light with his style. He began a new tradition.

As well as a tour and tasting of the home of this iconic malt, check out the Exhibition Area in the newly refurbished Visitor Centre. Its choice of innovative routes allows you to follow your interests, be that history, geography or The Glenlivet legacy.

Glenlivet's Jennifer Brophy writes:

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Highland Park

The most northerly distillery in the world, Highland Park still uses traditional methods to create its highly regarded whiskies. Established in 1798, it retains its own maltings, hand turning the malt and drying it over peat, and swears by the use of sherry casks for the all-important maturation phase.

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Isle of Arran Distillers

Hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Isle of Arran was home to over 50 whisky distileries, although most of them were illegal and well hidden. Arran's malt had a good reputation, ranked alongside those from the "Glen of Livet".

These days there's just the one distillery, but it keeps the torch burning brightly.

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Penderyn Distillery

Within a few years of opening in mid-2008, Penderyn's purpose-built Visitor Centre has become one of the most popular attractions in Wales. Nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, in the UNESCO-recognised Florest Fawr National Park, Penderyn's founders spent £850K on a visitor centre to share what goes in to Wales' only whisky, and in the last year has seen 25,000 visitors through its doors.

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Bushmills

It's over 400 years since King James 1 gave the original grant for Sir Thomas Philips to distill whiskey in the Bushmills region. Many other things will have moved on, but the methods of distillation haven't changed much. Bushmills still distills three times, retains its elegant, long-necked stills, and continues to lay great store in its cask selection for the all important maturation phase.

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Bowmore

Established in 1779, Bowmore was Islay's first distillery. A visit here offers a chance to experience its dramatic and inspiring Loch-side location and to find out what goes into making one of Islay's smokiest critters.

For the enthusiast, there's the Craftsman's Tour, with a visit to the legendary No.1 Vaults below sea level. And for those who don't want to leave, Bowmore rents out half a dozen self-catering cottages.

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Glenfarclas

One of the first to open its doors to visitors, Glenfarclas has been on show for nearly 40 years. Fiercely proud of its independence, the sixth generation of the Grant family, George, travels the globe with his malts in hand.

Choose between a Distillery tour or the more in-depth Ambassador's Tour & Tasting.

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