(1) Aberlour Distillery James Fleming founded the Aberlour Distillery in 1879. James designed the buildings and much of the machinery himself, and personally supervised every stage of the construction. In 1898 a fire destroyed several of the distillery buildings and most of the whisky stocks. Under the supervision of Scotland’s foremost designer of whisky distilleries, Charles Doig of Elgin, the Aberlour Distillery was largely rebuilt. Over the past 100 years, with modernisation and technology, the composition of the distillery has inevitably altered, though many of the original features are still there and the traditional working character of the place remains unchanged. The distillery produces 3.2 million litres of alcohol each year. Casked at 63.5%, the main age statements of Aberlour single malt Scotch whiskies are the 10, 12 and 16 Year Olds and A’bunadh
(2) Bushmills Distillery Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The brand portfolio includes five award-winning whiskeys: Bushmills, Black Bush, Bushmills 10 year Malt, 16 year Malt and 21 year Malt. Bushmills is the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled malt whiskey. This is at the heart of all Bushmills whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness. In 2008 Bushmills celebrated the 400th anniversary of the original licence to distil whiskey granted to the Bushmills area in 1608. The distillery marked the occasion with the release of a limited edition Irish whiskey of exceptional smoothness, Bushmills 1608. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is owned by Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business. With its global vision, and local marketing focus, Diageo brings to consumers an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across the spirits, wine and beer.
(3) Cooley Distillery is the only independent, Irish-owned whiskey distillery in Ireland, converted in 1987 from an older industrial potato ethanol plant by John Teeling. The Distillery is located on theCooley Peninsula in County Louth on Ireland‘s east coast. Located in the scenic backdrop of the Cooley Mountains in Co. Louth, Cooley Distillery is Ireland’s only independent Irish whiskey distillery. Set-up in 1987 by Irish entrepreneur John Teeling, it is the first distillery to open in Ireland in the last 100 years. With a clear vision to revive many of the historical brands and a focus on restoring the ancient distilling techniques of Irish whiskey, Cooley has developed a portfolio of award winning whiskeys. Being the only independent Irish whiskey distillery, Cooley has continued to strive to expand the Irish whiskey category and in particular has been the driving force behind the emergence of Irish Single Grains and Malts. These efforts have been richly rewarded with Cooley winning over 300 international awards for its whiskeys and has been honoured as “World Distiller of the Year” by International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2008 and “Distillery of the Year” by leading US publication Malt Advocate in 2010.
(4) Glenfiddich Distillery In the summer of 1886 our founder, William Grant, set out to fulfil a lifelong ambition of creating the ‘best dram in the valley’. With the help of his seven sons and two daughters, William built his distillery in a single year. Their hard work was rewarded on Christmas Day 1887 when the first drop of spirit flowed from the small copper pot stills. William named his distillery Glenfiddich, Gaelic for ‘Valley of the Deer’. Over 120 years later, Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and our whisky has become the world’s most awarded single malt*, a true reflection of the passion, integrity and innovative spirit that have been passed down through the generations.
(5) Glenlivet Distillery Along with the other special attractions of the distillery visit, which include the magnificent scenery that surrounds it, this fascinating hands-on display of The Glenlivet and its history is not to be missed. Admission is free. Our guided tour takes in the distillery and the vast bonded warehouse. You can choose a dram of The Glenlivet 12, 18 years old, or Nàdurra. And drop in to the coffee shop for light meals and fine home baking.
(6) Jack Daniels Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee – the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. – is where it all happens. It’s where Mr. Jack first crafted the recipe for Old No. 7. It’s where the pure, iron-free cave spring water flows. And it’s where every drop of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is still made today.
(7) MaCallan Distillery The Macallan is a single malt Scotch whisky, produced at Macallan Distillery near Easter Elchies House, at Craigellachie in the Speyside region. Originally, The Macallan was only matured in oak sherry casks brought to the distillery from Jerez, Spain. Beginning in 2004, The Macallan introduced a new main product, the Fine Oak series, with the whisky mellowed in bourbon oak casks as well as sherry ones.
(8) Midleton Distillery Midleton is one of the most modern distilleries in the world, and with a production capacity of 19 million litres per annum is the largest in Ireland. The distillery boasts thirteen 75,000 litre stills, both pot and column, which are used in combinations of three to produce different types of whiskey.
(9) Virginia Distillery Co The Virginia Distillery Company is bringing the art of crafting authentic Single Malt Whisky to our distillery. Copper pot stills made in Scotland, skilled artisans and a commitment to quality and tradition promise to make ours among the finest whisky available. While our distillery is under construction and our Virginia Single Malt is aging, please enjoy our award-winning Eades Double Malt Whiskies.