Whiskey Tour - The Glenlivet Distillery

The second stop on our whiskey tour was the Glenlivet Distillery, producer of the renowned Glenlivet single-malt (duh!). Known as the "single malt that started it all," Glenlivet is currently the biggest selling single malt brand in the US and is personally my favorite single-malt scotch.


Whiskey Trail

* This sign goes to show how all of our beloved scotch whiskey brands are just literally, neighbors.


Glenlivet Distillery

* Unlike the charmingly ancient-looking and picturesque Strathisla distillery, this distillery just screams with modernity, which is just as well as it was just recently renovated.


Glenlivet Distillery

* Founded in 1824 by George Smith, who was somewhat of a cowboy-ninja-entrepreneur, the brand has continued to grow leading up to the aforementioned expansion completed in 2010 which now sees the production capacity of the distillery increase to over 10 million liters a year.


Glenlivet Distillery

* One more difference between the two distilleries is the presence of these pretty, Scottish receptionists!


Glenlivet Distillery

* I just had to capture a shot of this amazing spiral bottle display, a replica of which will be the centerpiece of my future home's rumpus room.


Glenlivet Distillery

* The Glenlivet boasts of an excellent range of 12, 15, 16, 18, 21 and 25-year variants; along with limited edition whiskies exclusive for travel retail and duty-free markets.


Glenlivet Distillery Malt Mill

* The malt mill here was at least three times bigger than the one in Strathisla! I wish we could have actually seen these machines at work though, that would have been cool!


Glenlivet Distillery Mash Turn

* The Mash Turn which for some reason reminded me of a huge pizza oven.


Glenlivet Distillery Washback

* A whole section full of washbacks. The aroma is unmistakably Glenlivet.


Glenlivet Distillery

So much space. With glass walls, a REALLY high ceiling and polished metallic finish, the stills area is truly impressive.


Glenlivet Distillery

* Everything just looks so clean and new! All that's missing are the Jetsons-style, robotic workers.


Glenlivet Distillery

* A shot of the lantern-shaped still with its long and narrow neck, responsible for the smoothness and lightness of the The Glenlivet.


Glenlivet Distillery
* The Spirit Safe which looks like one of those alchemy set-ups in old science fiction / mad scientist movies.

Glenlivet Distillery

* It was another glorious morning of taste testing and sampling, as I felt a good buzz leading up to lunch. We sampled the 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25 year old variants.


BenRiach

* Leaving the Glenlivet Distillery and seeing another one right next door, further underscoring how all the scotch we enjoy come from just one area in the world.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Vienna Coffee Culture and Night Walks

How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa (Part 1)

The Wedding - Part 3 (Ceremony)