Pencaitland: Field upon field of barley ready for malting
Benriach: Malting floor where germinated barley is dried for 4-6 days to stop germination
Glen Scotia: Old traditional grinder to convert malted barley into grist.
Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery: Malted barley, a lump of peat and grist in front of the Mash Tun where water is added to grist.
Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery: After mashing, the sweet sugary liquid is known as wort.
Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery: The wort is pumped into washbacks, where yeast is added and fermentation begins.
Glen Scotia: Fermentation under way in the washback.
Benriach: The Pot Stills where alcohols are distilled from the Wash.
Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery: The Pot Stills
Glengoyne: A Pot Still
Glen Scotia: New make spirit from the still is sorted into the receiving flask.
Isle of Arran, Lochranza Distillery: In the spirit safe, distilled spirit is sorted into three alcohol levels on the left, with second distillation on the right.
Benriach: Barrels lined up outside.
Benriach: The spirit sits in oak barrels for at least 3 years - but usually many more.
Benriach: Cobwebs in the storage warehouse are an indication that this is not a fast process to create excellence.
Glen Scotia, Campbeltown:
Glen Scotia: One of the oldest remaining distilleries in Campbeltown.
Glen Scotia: A rare treat - barrel tasting with distillery manager, Iain McAlister.
Glengoyne: The best visual display of the whisky aging process and the impact of the "Angel's Share".
Glen Grant: Beautiful old building on the site and adjacent to magnificent gardens.
Glen Grant: Their ultra-modern tasting room.
Edradour: One of Scotland's smallest - and certainly a beautiful setting.
Dalwhinnie: Tastings paired with chocolate!
Glenfarclas: Six generations over 150 years have produced some of the best and most consistent sherry-finished drams.
Oban: A great classic single malt and their tour is excellent (but for non-Scots, note it is pronounced "Obin" and not "Obaan")
Tullibardine: A re-built factory near Stirling - but not one of my favorite drams.
Tamdhu - on the banks of the River Spey.
Tamdhu: Has its own (disused) railway station which they plan to use for tastings - currently only open for special events.
Tamdhu: The barrel warehouse - complete with cobwebs.