Thursday, September 15, 2016

Scotland Day 5 (Clava Cairns, Cawdor, and Glenfiddich)

Hello, everyone.

While my fascination with Scotland revolves around its stunning landscapes, I did try to take my husband's interests into account when planning our trip. Day five and six focused whiskey, but along the way to the distilleries we made a few stops. (All of the photos from our fifth day can be found here).

Our first stop was the Clava Cairns, a 4,000-year old burial ground with standing stones.

Next, we made a quick stop at Cawdor Castle (often linked with Shakespeare's Macbeth, the famed Thane of Cawdor, but built several centuries after his death).

Sheep are kept on the grounds, and my real motive for stopping was to pick up some yarn from the shop.

Then we moved on to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown.  We took the four-hour long Pioneers Tour, which took us through the malt house, still house, and several warehouses.

During the tour, we were able to fill our own bottle from one of four casks (two bourbon, two sherry).  Glenn and I both chose bourbon casks. One from 1997 and one from 1998.

After the tour, we had a tasting of five whiskeys, paired with canapes.  The tasting included a 12-, 15-, 18-, 21-, and 26-year old whiskey. At the end of our tasting our guide surprised us with a 30-year old.

Since I was driving, Glenn had double the fun, but we both really enjoyed the day and learned quite a bit.

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