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“Great tour!”

Dalwhinnie Distillery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dalwhinnie Distillery is a VisitScotland five star attraction and the home to a famous Highland Single Malt Whisky renowned for its gentle flavours accentuated with notes of heather honey, citrus, vanilla and sweet malt. The site of the distillery was chosen for its access to clear spring water and abundant peat from the surrounding bogs. Set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, Dalwhinnie is the highest distillery in Scotland at 1164 feet above sea level. The name Dalwhinnie is derived from the Gaelic language, meaning ‘meeting place’, referring to the meeting of ancient cattle drovers' routes through the mountains. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the distillery (Dalwhinnie has been awarded “Best Distillery Tour 2017” by Drinks International so it’s always best to book ahead) - the tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and offers visitors a detailed explanation of the traditional art of malt whisky distilling. At the conclusion of the tour each adult is offered a complimentary dram of whisky with a matching handmade chocolate, a souvenir tasting glass, and a discount voucher which can be redeemed in the distillery shop. The whisky and chocolate matching theme is carried forward with the availability of a selection of tasting flights matching the finest single malt whiskies with the superlative artisanal chocolates of Iain Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier. These flights are served in the tasting area on a bespoke tray and a member of the team will describe the best way to enjoy the whiskies and chocolate before leaving you to enjoy at your leisure. And visitors who have no time for either a tour or tasting are most welcome to relax in the visitor centre, watch a short DVD, or browse an extensive selection of fine malt whiskies on sale. Dalwhinnie is 1.5 hours south of Inverness on the A9, 2 hours north of Edinburgh on the A9 and 1 hour east of Fort William on the A86 and A82. Located close to the A9 and A86, its central location makes it a great base for exploring other single malt distilleries and is only a short drive away from Aviemore, Pitlochry and Fort William.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Our family of four stopped by on our way from Skye to Perth, and it was a great, informative tour that took about half an hour. The bonus is award-winning chocolate, too.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

The location is very dramatic, but conveniently close to the A9. It looks lovely, with the traditional pagoda-style cooling vents and white walls. The visitors’ centre is an inviting, wood-paneled room with lots of interesting pictures, maps, information and AV displays. I visited this distillery with some relatives, one of whom is not a great whisky lover, but Dalwhinnie also sell amazingly good chocolates made by a local chocolatier.
The man who gave us the whisky to try was not only very knowledgeable but spoke with a poetic turn of phrase which made it a pleasure to listen to him. A great distillery visit!

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We visited the distillery as a family and had our own private tour with the very knowledgable Ben. He was great answering many of the kids curveball questions as we walked through the distillery rooms. Ben was passionate about Scottish history of distilling whiskey in the highlands. Great afternoon activity with the family, rounded off with tastings and a sample of royal chocolate.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Family group of 11 with ages ranging from 13 to 70. Distillery has a unique look and feel, not overly commercial. The guide was very informative.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Having recently become a friends of classic malts member, this was my first visit to a distillery and was the perfect way to start - Neil the friendly and helpful tour guide gave a very informative tour of the distillery, followed by a tasting. We were so happy with the whisky that we upgraded our tour to a 6-whisky tasting (4 more than in the tour). They were paired with chocolates and were amazing. Only negative was that the tour guide may need to be a bit more knowledgable in the future as we got more information from other Diageo distilleries.

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