Kapoors Year 8: Scotland/India/Bhutan travel blog

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I Adored The Stone Buildings In The Town Called 'Tomintoul'

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Here You See A Life-Size Bronze Stag Just Outside The Visitor's Centre

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I Can't Begin To Explain The Various Processes But I Can Admire...

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The Copper Vats Used In The Distillation Process, Who Knew?

Almost 5,000 Litres In Each Of These Vats

After The Distillation Is Complete, The Whisky Is Aged In Barrels Stored...

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After Sampling Each, We Knew We Would Have A Hard Time Going...

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BACKGROUND

Here’s what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Stirling – Central Scotland has to say about the Whiskey Trail:

“Since medieval times Aberdeenshire and its northwestern neighbour Moray have been the richest and most fertile regions of the Highlands. Aberdeenshire is famed for its Aberdeen Angus beef cattle, its many fine castles and the prosperous ‘granite city’ of Aberdeen. Moray’s main attractions are the Speyside whisky distilleries that line the valley of the River Spey and its tributaries.

The old county of Moray (murr-ree), centered on the county town of Elgin, lies at the heart of an ancient Celtic earldom and is famed for its mild climate and rich farmland – the barley fields of the 19th century once provided the raw material for the Speyside whisky distilleries, one of the region’s main attractions for present-day visitors.

Rome may be built on seven hills, but Dufftown’s built on seven stills, say the locals. Founded in 1817 by James Duff, 4th earl of Fife, Dufftown is 17 miles south of Elgin and lies at the heart of the Speyside whisky-distilling region.

With seven working distilleries nearby, Dufftown has been dubbed Scotland’s malt whisky capital. Ask at the tourist office for a Malt Whisky Trail booklet, a self-guided tour around the seven stills plus the Speyside Cooperage.

Visiting a distillery can be memorable, but only hardcore malthounds will want to go to more than two or three. Some are great to visit, others are depressingly corporate. Glenfiddich is big and busy, but handiest to Dufftown. The standard tour starts with an overblown video, but it’s fun, informative and free. Glenfiddich kept single malt alive during the dark years.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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