Scotch Whisky Distilleries in Perthshire
Perthshire is one of Scotland’s many great whisky producing regions with a number of fine whisky distilleries. Perthshire is also an incredibly picturesque part of the country so you can enjoy the great taste of whisky combined with the spectacular rolling countryside of Perthshire. Many of the distilleries in the region are well-equipped to cater to tourists and Perthshire is even home to Glenturret – Scotland’s oldest distillery. Because there are at least five different distilleries in this part of Scotland alone, many people prefer to embark on a whisky tour where they will not only be able to learn all about the legendary Glenturret but where they will discover Edradour – the country’s smallest distillery. You’ll be able to savor a variety of classic malts as well as enjoy strong fruity flavors, warm tastes and mellow colors. So the next time you visit Perthshire, don’t forget to make a stop at some of the great whisky distilleries in this region.
Auchentoshan Distillery has had many owners in its many decades of existence but its unique characteristic has remained unchanged. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is the only distillery in Scotland that triple distills its alcohol. Furthermore, it is one of the few remaining Lowland Malt Whisky Distilleries that are still functioning and flourishing. Most whiskies are distilled twice but Auchentoshan follows their age old practice and distils theirs three times. Despite the several changes of hands since its inception in 1823, its unique production process has been preserved as a part of its splendid heritage.
Blair Athol is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland and stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. A distillery at the site of Blair Athol was originally functioning from 1798 but little is known about it. The present distillery at Pitlochry in Perthshire Scotland was established in 1826. Pitlochry is a picturesque town about 25 miles north of Perth.
The highest distillery in Scotland is located at Dalwhinnie in Inverness-shire at an elevation of 1073 feet. The little town lies midway between Perth and Inverness in a glen with the Monadhlaith Mountains on the one side, the Forest of Atholl, the Cairngorms and the Grampians to the other. It was a popular haunt of smugglers and cattle drovers on their way to the markets of the south – in fact Dalwhinnie means meeting place in Gaelic.
At Scotland’s smallest distillery three men still makes whisky by hand. At Edradour the original equipment used over 150 years has remained unchanged. Just twelve casks of whisky are produced every week - you really have to be lucky to get a bottle of this rare single malt.
You can conveniently visit what is reputed to be the oldest distillery in Scotland, which is just an hour’s drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Though illicit stills in the numerous small huts or bothies in Glenturret flourished even in 1717, a legitimate distillery was established in 1775 to make single malt whiskey. Located next to the Glenturret Burn in the heart of the scenic Perthshire countryside of Scotland, the Glenturret Distillery used the pure waters of the Turret Burn to make a prized single malt whiskey, using traditional distillation methods and equipment.