Today I went for my second visit to the Glen Garioch distillery, which is situated a short distance from the outskirts of Aberdeen in a village called Oldmeldrum.
From their website:
“One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen in North East Scotland, ever since 1797. Shielded from the world’s prying eyes, deep in the fertile ‘Granary of Aberdeenshire’, and only ever produced in small, precious batches, Glen Garioch is a rare find indeed, but warmly appreciated by those who like a hearty Highland malt, non chill-filtered as nature intended, with a wholesome maltiness, honeyed sweetness and delicious creamy texture to savour”.
I was greeted by Fiona who would later take us on the tour. There was an older gentleman on the tour whose father had been a distiller there over 60 years ago, whilst he himself had been a joiner working there. He told me a very interesting story of the “plumbers” share. They would open the casks and use copper piping (thumb to hold in the liquid) and fill up their flasks with whisky.
I like this little distillery, a lovely history and a lot of character. A definite must for any passers by.