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Perthshire Whisky Distilleries

Scotland is synonymous with Whisky. Originally called "Uisge Bea" in Scots Gaelic (pronounced ooshka bea - which means "Water of Life" in English). It changed as it became phonetically anglicised into whooshka be and eventually whisky. It is part and parcel of our culture in Scotland and now enjoyed worldwide although it retains its scottish origin being called "Scotch" in the USA and throughout Asia.

 

If Whisky is your tipple of choice, Perthshire offers the chance to visit and taste a variety of different whisky distilleries. It hosts the oldest (Glenturret in Crieff) and the smallest (Edradour in Pitlochry) distilleries in Scotland, but as the Knockendarroch House Hotel is in Pitlochry, make sure to schedule in the Eradour as well as the Blair Athol Distillery first and foremost. The other distillery of note in this area is in Aberfeldy, just to the West of Perthshire.

 

The 12 year old Malt produced at the Blair Athol Distillery s a reputation as one of the best in Scotland. It is not as peaty as those from the West Coast, but has more of a fruity flavour with a smooth finish. This distillery is within walking distance from the hotel.

 

Eradour is famed for its 10 year old single Malt. It may be a small distillery, but its whisky certainly packs a punch. This malt is handmade, so there are only 12 casks produced each week. John Reid the manager has eschewed the newer automated whisky producing methods, which makes this little gem of Scottish industry a fixture on any sightseeing schedule.

 

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