THE MALT WHISKY YEARBOOK  -  INGVAR RONDE

hfx demo account Ingvar and Paul shared a table at the 2014 Whisky fest in Helsinki. A good weekend, this started off a good friendship.  This year (2015) Ingvar travelled to Scotland bringing a few friends with him, Paul was driving and guiding the group during April. here is the "aftermath" story ...

For five days in April, we guided a wee group of fantastic Swedish whisky “nuts” around Speyside. To say it was a good tour, would be an understatement. Is this a record? 43 distilleries visited in just 5 days! Ok, not all where full on tours, but surely this must be a record?  “Spent five fantastic days in Speyside with a group of fanatical whisky Swedes. Paul and I put together a record breaking program for the trip, visiting 43 distilleries – nine full visits and the rest stopping by for photos. Thanks to Paul we also managed to get quite a bit of history and culture. Already planning a new visit for next year.” Cheers for now!  Ingvar

Ardmore, Glen Moray, BenRiach, Glenlossie, Mannochmore, Miltonduff, Glen Elgin, Coleburn, Aberlour, Glenfarclas, Ballindalloch, Glenlivet, Tamnavulin, Braeval, Allt-a-Bhainne, Longmorn, Macallan, Cardhu, Tamdhu, Knockando, Dalmunach, Imperial, Dailuaine, Glenfiddich, Parkmore, Glendullan, Mortlach, Dufftown, Balvenie, Kininvie, Convalmore, Craigellachie, Glenrothes, Glen Spey, Glen Grant, Speyburn, Linkwood, Auchroisk, Glentauchers, Strathisla, Glen Keith, Strathmill, Knockdhu
 

binary options demo account We started at Aberdeen airport, met up with Ingvar and the lads, then drove to Ardmore distillery, a long tour was taken (and enjoyed) here. Alistair the distillery manager took the tour, as you can see by the facebook photos (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009466238501) it was good and many cask strength drams taken (apart from myself who was driving, but Alistair gave me a few samples). I came away with a couple of Ardlair samples. What a good start, then to lunch at Huntly, followed by a visit to Duncan Taylor, we met up with Euan, took a tour of the new bottling plant/warehouse facility and aye, enjoyed a good few drams! From here to Elgin, where we were based for four nights.
 

binary option demo Day two we were ready to go early as we drove the short distance to Glen Moray, where Iain took our guests on a tour. Me? I experienced yet again the “drivers share” a cup of tea. A really good tour and many, many drams followed, including the new peated expression – more on that later. Then dropping in at the Cooperage before lunch at the whisky inn, it was good to meet up again with Tatsuya after his years travelling around Europe as European Brand Ambassador for Suntory. Had a chat and will be back there very soon. A short drive to Ben Riach for a tour and taste here, a taste, I should say a good few tastes! Today we also saw several other distilleries (a part of the 43). Back again at the hotel, a wonderful whisky dinner, beautiful food and drams and beers!

Day three started with a few distillery visits, short and sweet, before a full private tour at Ballindalloch. We were there a day before the official opening by Prince Charles. Thanks Brian for the tour here, though no drams. Followed by a visit to Ballindalloch castle. After more distillery visits we arrived for lunch at Glenlivet, while the guys chomped doon their lunch, I chatted to Ian Logan – our tour guide! I had first met Ian many years ago on a 3 day whisky school at Glenlivet (will be seeing him again soon, that’s another story). If I said there were a good selection of drams, that would be understating it! Warehouse 1 lies a cask worth £1million retail, a 50 year old. Glenlivet doubling output to 20 million litres annually, with space for 30 million if needed! One or two more visits and then back to the hotel, time for my drinks.
 

Day four – a target of just the 21 distillery visits today. We managed it by the way! Macallan, cardhu to start and then Tamdhu, taken around by Sandy. That was a good long visit and special tastings, oh I wish I could have drammed too! Knockando and then back to Dalmunach and daluaine before lunch at Glenfiddich. Their new shop is a lot better. We drove to all the Dufftown distilleries before Glenrothes, for a long visit, including many drams. Aye we did the 21 visits, back at the hotel, a well earned few drinks.
 

Day five, the final day, started at Spynie Palace, also known as Spynie Castle, was the fortified seat of the Bishops of Moray for about 500 years. The founding of the palace dates back to the late 12th Century. Back to Glen Moray and then Linkwood, a few others including all three in Keith, including a full tour at Strathisla before lunch. We then drove (a little later than planned) to Knockdhu for a tour with Gordon, plus many, many drams! A fitting end to the tour, as we headed back to Aberdeen airport and a haste ye back!
Can I just say, the 5 guys on this trip were brilliant, thank you for my drinks and lunches! I did repay them with drams daily in between distilleries, I had a series of drams ready in the vehicle (with glasses and water). The Glen Moray visit; after tasting approx. 10 drams, Iain told us the peated bottle was due to go on sale on Friday, we ordered a bottle each on Tuesday, we returned at 10am Friday for them, the first people in the world to buy them.