Whisky Festival

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The Inverness Whisky Festival was started in 2011 and has been a great success, giving you the opportunity to learn about Inverness Whisky and have some fun along the way.

The Inverness Whisky Festival, 2012 took place on the 6th and 7th April starting with the Inverness Whisky Tour 6 drams in 6 different pubs finishing up in the Hootananny locally known as Hoots with Traditional Scottish music, including the Blazing fiddles. On the Saturday, an Inverness Whisky master class took place with drams being served between 12 and 5pm at Bogbain Farm, 3 miles south of Inverness. A selection of single malts were on offer with live music, exhibitions and cocktails to finish off the 2012 Whisky Festival.

The Whisky Festival 2012 was a great success with music, tasting, food and all things Inverness Whisky. Plans are already in place for the 2013 Festival, the first weekend in April. Single malts featured this year were, Glenmorangie, Isle of Jura, Highland Park and even Amrut a single malt from India.

If you are looking to experience Inverness Whisky at other times of the year, why not visit the Glenmorangie Distillery with the tallest copper stills in Scotland; the Dalmore Distillery on the Cromarty of Firth Shore, North of Inverness Scotland. The Tomatin Distillery is located in the Monadhliath Mountains, South of Inverness, Scotland and the Glenord Whisky Distillery can be found 15 miles west of Inverness where you can try The Singleton of Glenord. Inverness Whisky Distilleries offer tours all year round.

The Grampian Malt Whisky Trail

A must do day out from Inverness. Discover the best Scotland has to offer - Highland scenery, a beautiful coastline and attractive towns and villages. Visit the eight distilleries and cooperage on the Malt Whisky Trail, the Cashmere Visitor Centre, craft centres, castles & gardens and Baxters of Speyside. Play on championship golf courses, fish, sail, go dolphin watching or follow the Speyside Way footpath from the coast to the shadow of the Grampian Highlands.

Tomatin Distillery

20 miles south of Inverness well signposted form the main A9 south

Illicit stills are part of the history of whisky distilling in Scotland, and were widely used in the local hills around Tomatin. As a distilling site, illicit or otherwise, Tomatin goes back to the 15th Century when drovers men who drove their cattle to market over high mountain passes would fill up their whisky flasks from a still alongside the Old Lairds House.

A formal distillery for the making of fine Scotch malt was first built on the site in 1897 by the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Co Ltd, and revived in 1909 by the new Tomatin Distillers Co Ltd. A 20-year expansion programme started in the 1950s saw production rise to some 12 million litres a year by 1974, making Tomatin the largest capacity Scotch whisky distillery in the world at the time.

The distillery was acquired by Japanese shareholders in 1986, who established the current Tomatin Distillery Company Limited, and launched the modern era of whisky distilling in the Monadhliath Mountains

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Glenmorangie Distillery

The biggest selling single malt in Scotland but from a small company. Glenmorangie (the Scots pronounce it to rhyme with "orangey") made an early start: It has been available as a single since the 1920s.

The distillery is around hours drive from Inverness, at Tain in the county of Ross-shire, on the Morangie burn and overlooking the Dornoch Firth. The site housed a meal mill from the 1550s and a brewery from the 1820s, not to mention illicit distillation which went on in the area for most of that time. Certainly an estate inventory in 1703 mentions an 'aquavitie Pott with it ffleake and stand'.

The water comes from the Tarlogie springs about a mile from the distillery, flows though lime and sandstone and is hard. Glenmorangie felt sufficiently strongly about protecting their interests in the spring that they bought up the square mile or so of land surrounding it, an area rich in heather and clover. Lightly-peated malt is used, and a house yeast. The stills are the tallest in Scotland at 5.13m/16ft 10.25in.

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