Guide to Moray Speyside

Balvenie Distillery

Balvenie was founded in 1892 and lies on the outskirts of Dufftown. It’s the more reclusive sister distillery of Glenfiddich. Distillery tours are by appointment only and  its recommended you book well in advance. Balvenie is one of only a handful of Scottish distilleries operating a malting floor. This sense of tradition is carried out through the whisky making process. Barley is grown nearby on Balvenie Distillery’s own farm.

Stories and anecdotes can enhance whisky tours and inspire new whisky expressions. Balvenie has collected a series of stories which are reflected in new bottlings such as week of peat.

Balvenie Tours

Blavenie Distillery is normally open for distillery tours however, in the current Covid-19 climate it is even more necessary check their website for the latest opening times and tour availability.

Blavenie Distillery is known for having one of the most comprehensive tours in the Speyside area. The tour takes around 3 hours. The tour is unhurried and in depth with a leisurely tasting at the end.

Balvenie is situated on the outskirts of Dufftown. There are many distilleries close by including BenRiach, Macallan and Strathisla however, the closest is Balvenie’s sister distillery, Glenfiddich. Balvenie doesn’t have a cafe however, Glenfiddich is only a short walk and has the Malt Barn which serves local food as well as a wide range of Balvenie and Glenfiddich single malts.

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