I can finally see the light at the end of the very long tunnel that is the A to Z blogging challenge and here we are at the letter W and living in Scotland it had to be Whiskey. People seem to associate whiskey with the Scots and I keep getting told that the reason I don’t like whiskey is that I haven’t tried the right one yet. Raymond Chandler famously said, “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others
Whiskey was brought to Scotland by the Monks in the 4th Century and has become practically the national drink. The clear water in the Scottish streams is used to make the whiskey and there are plenty of rivers for them to use.
Walk into any pub in the highlands and you’ll have way too much choice when it comes to this drink – whiskey is very popular.
There are over forty distilleries in the highlands and islands, so you can’t drive very far without seeing one. Dufftown, which is 41 miles from us and is quite a small town, has nine distilleries around it. One of the most famous is the Glenfiddich family run distillery whose stills are pictured below.
Whiskey is a big business and not only is the alcohol sold but also lots of crystal tumblers and decanters for serving the precious golden liquid in.
Whiskey can be very expensive, the longer it has been distilled the higher the price. This bottle below that was for sale in the Glenfiddich shop had been distilled for 50 years and was £26750!! The other picture shows the whiskey behind the bar in the Glenfiddich restaurant.
All around the highlands you’ll see things that represent the whiskey industry – lots of whiskey barrels for planters and mini stills dotted around the place.
The other important thing to have in whiskey country is a cooperage to make the barrels. This one is not far from Dufftown.
I think that now is an appropriate time to mention that Tasmania has a thriving whiskey industry and has even won best single malt in the world, beating all the Scottish whiskeys that entered in that year.
In the post I did about Ullapool there was a Christmas tree made out of lobster creels, well here we have Rudolph and a Christmas tree made out of whiskey barrels.