Sunday, August 08, 2010

A visit to the Dalhwinnie whiskey destillery

This summer my husband and I visited Scotland. After some days in Edinburgh, we rented a car and drove north to explore the highlands. As the road took us higher and higher, we reached Dalwhinnie, the highest distillery for single malt scotch.

By guest writer Susanne Koch

In the barren yet beautiful landscape, the buildings of the distillery are visible far off, even though this is far from a large plant. The buildings are old and beautiful. The distillery was founded in the late 1890s. The remote location was chosen for its access to pure spring water and abundant peat from the surrounding bogs.

Does the height (1073 feet) and the proximity to the geographic centre of the Highlands contribute to the character of this whiskey? I don't know, but it's a nice thought. We bought a ticket for a tour of the distillery and learned that the water, the peat and least, but not least the barley malt, give a whiskey its characteristics. In fact, water, yeast and barley are the only ingredients allowed in the production of real single malt whiskey.

Dalwhinnie is nic-named the gentle spirit or even the lady's spirit. It is a thoroughly enjoyable drink: The main notes are grain, honey and fruit, with minor notes of sulphur and vanilla. I recommend the whiskey and a visit to the distillery.

Susanne Koch is an Internet professional who works as an e-learning and web communication adviser at the University of Oslo. She blogs about search engines and search engine optimization at may also want to have a look at Susanne Koch's homepage.

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