2013 will be a good year for distillery tours! How do i know this? well i've managed 2 in only the first 17 days of the year so it can't have got off to a much better start thats for sure.
This week David and I travelled the wee trip round Edinburgh to Glenkinchie Distillery, one of only a clutch of Lowland distilleries still producing malt whisky where we were lucky enough to experience the exhibition and tour with only ourselves (and our awesome tour guide) for company.
I was a bit disappointed to see that cameras were not allowed in the distillery proper. I understand this to be a health and safety issue with flammable atmosphere and i know the damage a flash can make but surely a no-flash policy would be better than a no cameras one, most tourists would wish to photograph their experience and having been to a good number of other distilleries i was really disappointed with this point. I think i'll need to ensure i travel with my 60 year old Kidak Brownie in my bag just in case as with no electrical parts it could not be a possible fire risk.
As such any of the photographs here were from the exhibition or outside the distillery.
The staff at the distillery are all very friendly and welcoming and i have no issues there, the shop is also very well stocked with a big range of Diageo's malts and blends.
The tour staff are happy to answer questions and very knowledgable so that was another positive of the experience.
The whole complex has a real old world feel to it and the brickwork of the buildings was stunning, it certainly is a very pleasant setting to be touring around and i could easily have spent a lot longer just noseying around and photographing silly little bits of the building.
The exhibition is informative and well laid out, i really enjoyed some of the bits there including the information on office based staff terms and conditions (lunch between 11:30 and noon but you cant stop working).
The bar is very well stocked and as we were driving we brought sample bottles with us to take our samples away so not only were we treated to the standard Glenkinchie 12 Year Old we also managed to get samples of Glenkinchie Distillery Only bottling, Glenkinchie Amontillado Finish Distillers Edition, Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Sherry Finish - Distillers Edition, Dailuaine 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna and the Glenkinchie 20 Year Old.