Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord

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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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  • August 20, 2017
    It is a distillery that all its production of goes to the Asian. If you want to buy your products or do it in the distillery or in Asia. There's nothing that makes it different from other distilleries which I visited.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Go to Scotland without visiting a distillery, you feel that something is missing, the biggest CARDHU was closed, we are cut off on this distillery without disappointment. Visit to do for knowledge of whisky.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I really enjoyed the tour of the distillery and our guide, Charlie, was both informative and fun. I had the opportunity to taste 3 drams from the Singleton range and learnt first hand about the effect...  more »
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  • Great tour guide. Good prices for selection not sold outside Asia market. Definitely recommend
  • What a great tour! Charlie was amazing as a guide; he made us feel like one of the familiy. The whisky tasting (generous portions!) was pleasant and the whole experience was delighful. I'd recommend this distillery hands down to anyone who wants "the real deal".
  • Took the "Grain to Glass" tour and absolutely loved it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Learned so much about the history of Scotch whiskey as well as the distillery itself. This tour is worth the extra ££ and the tastings at the end are a great way to cap off the 90-minute tour. Thank you, Glen Ord!!!
  • Nice tour with standard tour at 6 GBP. Whisky only sold to Asian market. Forbidden to take photos inside the distillery.
  • Well worth a visit! We stayed locally and went due to its location more than anything else! A lucky coincidence as the tour (full tasting your) was great and excellent value for money! Is Whisky you can only get at the dust rollers as it all goes to an overseas market, so it's well worth a visit ... And I'm not even a whiskey fan!!

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