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Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
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4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
Glen Ord is a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is the only remaining single malt scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle. Its principal product is an eponymous 12-year-old single malt whisky. The distillery won awards for the best single malt at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 1994 and 1996, and at the Monde Selection in 1996 and 1997. However, IWSC and Monde Selection awards are non-competitive and only products that pay to enter are judged.HistoryIn the mid-13th century the MacKenzies of Ord were granted lands in the west of Scotland by King Alexander III. In 1820 Thomas MacKenzie of Ord inherited the estate embarked on rejuvenating the area. A large portion of MacKenzie's land was devoted to the cultivation of barley, as such he decided to lease the land for a distillery to be built, this would also provide year round employment for local men.At the time there were nine small licensed distilleries operating in the area to compete with, the majority of which were being run by ten-twelve of the tenant farmers. The whole of the barley crop was used in the distilleries as it was the fastest way of turning it into funds with which to pay the rent. Water from Loch nam Bonnach and Loch nan Eun flowed to two large water wheels from which the distillery derived its power. The water for the mashing was taken from a well known as the Cuckoo Well.
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  • Beautiful Distillery, unfortunately we could not visit it entirely because she was under maintenance, but a nice little Museum inside, which explain very well with french translation and a movie to show us how did whiskey. Test of whiskey offered with the visit. And a very well stocked shop.
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  • We were staying at Aigas on their Whisky and Wildlife Week. Unfortunately the distillery was officially closed for a few weeks for yearly maintenance, over the period of our holiday. They kindly agree...  read more »
  • Visited here in June (sorry about late review!). The guide we had was friendly and informative, although young and slightly nervous in his delivery. However as the tour progressed, he warmed to his au...  read more »
  • Amazing place, very nice tour with a great tourguide (Raymond in our case). The explanation of how the different parts of the flavour of the whisky are born is very interesting and the tasting part afterwards doesn't need much of an explanation.
  • Interesting tour of this large distillery. No photography inside allowed, outside not so much to take pictures of. Giftshop is fairly limited.
  • Amazing experience. Great whisky and lovely tour through the distillery
  • Stumbled upon this place and were greatly impressed by the knowledge and friendliness of the staff. Got us right on a tour and explained the different whiskey's
  • Nice place. Only went to pick up some whisky. Staff where so nice and happy to help
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