Our 'water of life'

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Nature provides the ingredients for Aberdeenshire’s “water of life”.

Whether it’s the toasted barley from the fertile farmlands, the ice-clear mountain water from burns and springs, the smoky peats and heather honey from heath and moors, or simply the sparkling fresh air – the whisky distilleries are busy bottling the essence of this beautiful place.

Off the tourist track you’ll find “The Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire”, produced by a cluster of distilleries dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Here visitors can get right up close to traditional skills in rural settings among picturesque villages, wooded hills and rolling fields at places like the Fettercairn or GlenDronach distilleries, out on the coast for Glenglassaugh (its fans say you can taste the sea), or into the Cairngorms for Royal Lochnagar.

In winter, perhaps you’ll take a wee dram or two at a special tasting of Glen Garioch – by a roaring fire in a traditional granite-walled bothy.

This is the stuff that makes memories. Cheers min!

If you are looking for extra inspiration to visit our region for whisky, the fantastic Whisky Galore! shows the stunning landscapes of Portsoy and Pennan. Released in May 2017, it's certainly worth a watch! 

Guide to the "Secret Malts" of Aberdeenshire

Guide to the "Secret Malts" of Aberdeenshire

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