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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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  • We called here mid afternoon after a day out and didn't have time for a tour at all. The young lady on the desk was really friendly and informative, and chatted with us for a while. She advised us re ...  more »
  • We had a rain day and then this is fun to do, the umbrellas were ready for us. First the tour and after the tasting, delicious!! Bought a bottle
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  • Had a really great tour from David, really informative and great whisky tasting at the end! Very well priced and a lovely visit which takes just over an hour. Will be back again! 
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  • A nice distillery and a reasonable tour. I felt the tour was very commercial and scripted. Little to distinguish it from any other distillery but definitly worth a visit if you've not been to one before. On the plus side, a£6 tour ticket get's you £5 off a bottle of whisky which is really what I was there for as "The Singleton" can only be bought at 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!!
  • 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.
  • Big distillery with 7 stills producing whisky mainly for the Asian market. They offer different tours with tasting at the end.
  • Interesting tour of this large distillery. No photography inside allowed, outside not so much to take pictures of. Giftshop is fairly limited.