There are six whisky regions in Scotland and I’m currently in the North East region knows as Speyside. Speyside whisky is characterized by less smokey taste. Yesterday I toured Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown. Balvenie is owned by Glenfiddich and is on the property next door but is considered a superior whisky.
Our tour started in the Malt room where the grain is soaked.
Once the grain has spouted its moved to a room over the furnace where it drys. Here’s a picture of the furnace that is stoked day and night.
They are once of the few distilleries that have a cooperage and make their own barrels onsite. I have a cool video of this that I will post later.
The distillation to alcohol happens in these impressive copper flumes.
Here’s where the liquid bubbles up and the alcohol volumes is monitored.