Any holiday to Scotland should include some whiskey tasting, and couples will have a lot to choose from when it comes to partaking in this time-honoured Scottish tradition. By taking the time to get an in-depth look at how Scotch whiskey is made, visitors will gain appreciation for this age-old, intrinsic part of Scottish culture.
Like wine, whiskey tasting involves observing the colour, swirling the amber liquid to get a sense of its viscosity and thus its age, a couple of good whiffs and then a taste. The taste and type of whiskey varies depending on the geographical region in Scotland where it’s produced, another similarity it has to wine.
Depending on whether couples are whiskey aficionados or just getting started, there are a number of different ways to experience Scotch whiskey. Here are a few suggestions:
Booking a tour is the best way to illuminate the history of Scotch whiskey for those who are unfamiliar. Tours can be one to four days, depending on just how crazy about whiskey you are. During the tour, couples will visit distilleries and learn about the process of crafting whiskey from master blenders. You’ll also get some great cocktail recipes, learn how to cook with whiskey and, most importantly, how to sip it.
If you prefer to blaze your own trail, there are whiskey distilleries all over the country and many offer tours and tastings, which you can book directly through the distillery of your choice. It may be best to start with the Highlands – the most famous and largest region of Scotland, and an area home to some of the oldest distilleries in the country.
If you don’t have time to visit a distillery, retailers specialising in whiskey sales abound. If you stop in at one of these shops, you’ll be dazzled by the sheer quantity and variety of whiskey available. Have a chat with the shop owner for some advice on which whiskey would best suit your tastes.
For more information on planning your own whiskey tour visit Scotland and Whiskey