Tommy and John Alexander Dewar opened the Aberfeldy Distillery near a town of the same name in 1898. Fed by the Pitilie Burn in the heart of Highland Perthshire, malted Scottish barley to make the whiskey is brought to site, where Dewar’s premium blends are ‘double-aged’, with a secondary resting in oak barrels once the blend is created.
A Cask tasting tour, a blenders tour, and a chocolate and whiskey tour are a few of the options available.
Other places of interest in the area are Castle Menzies, the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 500 years-visiting the home of the home of Iain Burnett, known as The Highland Chocolatier, and exploring the nearby Loch Tay by boat.
Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown
Started in the summer of 1886 by William Grant, his seven sons and two daughters, Glenfiddich Distillery is still owned by the Grant family-surviving prohibition as one of the six distilleries in Scotland.
Tours range from walking through each step of the whiskey making process, to those that reveal the secrets behind the brand’s 15-year old Solera. The pioneer tour takes you further into the distillery-discovering warehouse number 12, home to the Malt Master’s Selection. Four selected casks are available to sample and fill your own bottle to take home after the tour is finished.
Nearby points of interest to explore in the heart of Speyside in north eastern Scotland are Balvenie and Auchindoun Castles, and the Balvenie and Mortlach Distilleries.
The Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie
Founded by Alexander Reid in 1824 on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland, The Macallan Distillery recently opened its doors to its new facilities in 2018. Farmers had been making whiskey on their Speyside farms in the area for centuries, using their surplus barley during the quieter winter months.
The Macallan tour takes you through the whiskey making process and the philosophy and vision behind the whiskey-including an inside glimpse of how imported casks from Spain. Their commitment to distilling and maturing their single malt whisky has made it one of the best in the world. Tours end with a tutored nosing and tasting in the nosing room.
Nearby attractions include dolphin watching on the Black Isle, visiting the Gordon castle Estate-where annual Highland Games are held every May, and checking out the Huntly Falconry Centre.
Glenmorangie Distillery- Tain, Ross-shire
William Matheson founded the Glenmorangie Distillery in the Scottish Highlands in 1843. The distillery is one of the oldest legally recognized in the country, and produces a smooth single malt whiskey that is recognized worldwide. The Men of Tain, the master craftsmen entrusted with the secrets of the distillery are an elite group. Their dedication, skill and attention to detail have become the stuff of folklore.
Tours include the Heritage Tour, starts by taking you to the springs that feed the distillery, and continues with a step-by-step introduction to the whiskey making and aging process. A visit to the Glenmorangie House follows, where lunch is served, and an exclusive tastings of the label’s best bottles ensues afterword.
Nearby things to see are Dunrobin Castle, visiting the Highland pottery and textiles shops, and demonstrations at the area’s hot glass studios.
Talisker, Isle of Skye
The Talisker distillery was founded in 1830 and is situated on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands, with panoramic views of the Black Cuillin mountains from the shores of Loch Harport. The Talisker is a sweet, full-bodied single malt whiskey that is available in a number of varieties from ten to thirty years old. Tours of the famous distillery are offered throughout the year for visitors.