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Tullibardine

This isn't the prettiest of distilleries but within it I had one of my best experiences on tour. It is the oldest brewing and distilling site in Scotland.

This isn't the prettiest of distilleries but within it I had one of my best experiences on tour. It is the oldest brewing and distilling site in Scotland.

Blackford, Perthshire, PH4 1QG, 01764 682252. Tullibardine Distillery Ltd. www.tullibardine.com

APPEARANCE AND LOCATION:      **      The hills and glens around Blackford are all stunning and the Highland Spring bottling plant is only a little way along the road. The distillery, however, is situated in a retail park directly off the A9.

TOURS PROVIDED:

‘Standard Tour’: £5. See ‘My Tour’ below.

‘Tutored Tastings Tour’: £7.50. There is no tour in this option, just a guided tasting of three expressions of Tullibardine in their special tasting room off the warehouse.

‘Bonded Tour’: £15. All of the qualities of the standard tour, only you can actually walk in the warehouse, a rare privilege. There is also a free Tullibardine-branded tasting glass and a miniature as well as the three expressions to enjoy.

‘Connoisseur Tour’: £25. Again, the merits of the standard tour, only here you get to dram three samples straight from the sleeping casks in the warehouse. Three expressions of Tullibardine.

DISTILLERY-EXCLUSIVE BOTTLING:       N/A

My Tour – 13/04/2010

THE RUNNING COMMENTARY:      ***

THE PROCESS AND EQUIPMENT:      **

Notes:      Designed by the renowned distillery architect William Delme-Evans (also responsible for Jura and Glenallachie), this is a very functional distilling enterprise.

GENEROSITY:     ** (2 drams.)

VALUE FOR MONEY:      *

SCORE:      8/10 *s

COMMENT:      Gavin Cunningham, our South African guide, was the star of the show. The distillery was silent at the time of touring for maintenance and the Easter break but Gavin held the attention marvellously: entertaining, authoritative and with a unique turn of phrase and means of explanation, he deserves those three stars. They bill themselves as the most easily-accessed distillery in Scotland and as you can see the distillery in its little shopping complex from the northbound A9, it is hard to disagree. It is also the oldest brewing and distilling site in Scotland and 1488 whisky ale is sold in the visitor’s centre. The on-site cafe serves a little of what you’d expect and does it very well. This tour exceeded all expectations and you are allowed to take pictures inside. I should think this would make a very pain-free day out.

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saxon
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April 18, 2010 um 10:05 am
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