Whiskey Distillery in Fort William and the village - Day 4
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April 29th, 2010 – by: signedcutie
The Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland and was established in 1825. The distillery is nicely located near the mountain of Ben Nevis and provides one of its most important ingredients which is fresh water. The other ingredients, besides water is yeast, barley and peat smoke or reek. Apparently they get the peat from the water passing through the peat bogs in the mountain.
The tour itself wasn't really my thing and didn't enjoy it that much but then again to each their own.
The tour was very informative on the different steps required to make whiskey. The tour guide spoke about each machine and it's purpose. I took a couple of pictures of the machine itself. What was surprising though was the smell within the distillery. It kind of smelled like yeast going bad or something.
Some points that I can remember about the tour:
- Whiskey gets its colour from the burned barrels as well as from what was previously stored in the barrels. This usually is some type of wine.
- Scottish whiskey is stored for 3 years and one day prior to being able to be distributed.
- Molt whiskey is a single flavoured whiskey.
- Blended whiskey is multiple flavours blended together to form the whiskey.
Also, outside the factory was these large barrels in a variety of different sizes where I took a pictures to show there different sizes.
The factory also had animals fenced in outside. There was a cute little pony that came and ate some hay out of my hand. There was also a Scottish hairy cow, at least I think that's what they called them. They were funny looking animals with really long floppy tongues! :o)
We also took an hour or so at Fort William. I am not sure why our tour guide wasn't very found of the place, but I thought it to be a cute little town to walk through. We only had an hour for lunch, luckily, I brought some food and ate on the bus giving more time to explore the area. This village/town had a lot of character and old school architect. Within on of it's main street, made of brick, there was a beautifully designed layering of the brick to reveal the sign of trinity. The village also had a small pretty park with old churches in the background.
Overall, I really liked the feel and vibe of Fort William and would recommend it to anyone. If I ever go back to Scotland, Fort William would definitely be on my itinerary!
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