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The Malt Whisky Trail is the ultimate Scotch experience, sitting in the heart of malt whisky country. Be sure to check back on our blog to keep up to date with all the latest news from the Malt Whisky Trail. Read stories from our visitors, enjoy insight from the masters of malt, and find out what is going on in beautiful Moray Speyside.

Spring/Summer Opening Times | Malt Whisky Trail

Spring is without a doubt one of the best times of year to visit Speyside. The sun is starting to shine, the flowers are in bloom, the little lambs are running around the fields and of course… increased opening hours at our Malt Whisky Trail locations! Not sure where to start? Here is a quick run-down of The Malt Whisky Trail locations you should visit this Spring/Summer.

We highly recommend booking a spot at the locations you would like to visit ahead of time. Book online by following the link below for each individual destination.

Dallas Dhu

Dallas Dhu

Opening hours: April-October from 9:30am-5:30pm daily.

Said to be one of the most picturesque distilleries, Dallas Dhu offers an insight into how whisky was made in the 1900’s with self-guided audio tours. If you want to get up close and personal with the machinery that helped make Speyside Whisky a global brand and then enjoy a dram for yourself, Dallas Dhu is well worth a visit.

Benromach

Benromach

Opening hours: April – October, 9:30am- 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and opens Sundays throughout June, July and August from 10am-5pm with the last tour at 3:30pm.

Benromach Distillery has been making their whisky with the same spring water rising in nearby Romach Hills since 1898. Fancy a tour? The people at Benromach will take you on a highly educational yet immersive tour of the production of their whisky and of course finish off with a tutored tasting of the classic Speyside Single Malt Whisky.

Glen Moray

Opening hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. (Increased opening hours from May 4th)

Located in Speyside’s historic and friendly capital, Elgin, Glen Moray offers a variety of tours including; a guided chocolate and whisky tasting tour, a fun and informative experience led by Iain Burnett, Highland Chocolatier.

 

Glen Grant

Opening hours: April – October, 9:30am-5pm from Monday-Friday.

From connoisseurs to first-time triers, 16,000 people pass through Glen Grant’s doors each year and immerse themselves in the guided tours and private tastings the distillery has to offer. They also have beautiful gardens and walks that would be perfect to explore on a sunny day.

 

Glenfiddich

Opening hours: 9am-4pm daily.

Glenfiddich was one of the first distilleries to sell single malt scotch whisky outside of Scotland and to this day continue to push the boundaries of whisky making. Join the craftsmen for a tour or tasting and discover how the world’s most awarded whiskies are made.

Strathisla

Opening hours: March until October, 9:30am-6pm daily.

Considered one of the most beautiful distilleries, Strathisla distillery offer a sensory experience, whether you are a whisky enthusiast or complete newcomer, each tour Strathisla offer is both memorable and informative. There ‘Blending Tour’ is a must do when you are in Speyside. 

The Speyside Cooperage

Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 9am -5pm, with the last tour of the day at 3:30pm.

From a great gift shop to the five star award winning tour, The Speyside Cooperage offers insight into the journey of speyside casks and the chance to witness the Coopers hard at work, still using traditional methods. A favourite for many Speyside visitors. 

The Glenlivet

Opening hours: 11th of March to the 8th of November, 9:30am-6pm, daily.

With gorgeous grounds, a fantastic tasting room and a rich historical background, allow one of the seasonal guides to give you a glimpse of how one of Scotland’s most legendary and best selling whisky brands is made before sampling it for yourself.

Cardhu 

Opening hours: April – September from 10am – 5pm, daily.

Being the only distillery to have been pioneered by women, Cardhu’s history and the product it continues to produce is widely unique from its surrounding neighbours on the Malt Whisky Trail. With their 12y whisky being slighter lighter, this is the perfect starting point for someone at the beginning of their whisky journey, with the 15y and 18y providing flavours for more experienced drinkers or those looking for something richer and complex.

 

 

That concludes our round up. We hope you enjoy your experience in Speyside, we can’t wait to see what you get up to – share your experience with us by tagging us on social!

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World’s first Malt Whisky Trail unveils its debut expression

The Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, Scotland, has become the first whisky trail in the world to launch its own brand of whisky. ‘Monarch of the Trail’ is a blend of Speyside Single Malts aged 12 years from across the seven whisky producing sites on the Trail, showcasing the region’s iconic whisky credentials.

Distilled, blended and bottled in Speyside, Monarch of the Trail encapsulates the
very best of Malt Whisky Country in a bottle. With soft sherry, rich oak and
waves of puppy paw aroma on the nose, this is a medium-bodied whisky with a
finish of zesty orange, sultana and an Irn-Bru zing.


In order to mark the launch of the new whisky expression on April 1, the first nine bottles are available exclusively to The Malt Whisky Trail visitors who visit all nine sites across The Trail in under an hour. This includes; Benromach, Cardhu, Dallas Dhu, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Strathisla and Speyside Cooperage, collecting a special key at each one. The keys will unlock a secret door at the last distillery which will reveal a bottle of Monarch of The Trail along with a special ‘finders’ certificate.

Chairman of The Malt Whisky Trail, James Johnston OBE said:

“We’re no fools – Speyside has more whisky distilleries than anywhere else in the
world so it makes perfect sense for this iconic region’s Malt Whisky Trail to
create its own expression. With Monarch of the Trail our goal was to create the ultimate Scotch experience,
just like The Malt Whisky Trail which we hope whisky lovers across the world will
enjoy, reminiscing about their adventures across The Trail past or future.
As the world’s first Malt Whisky Trail, and the first tourist trail to launch a whisky,
we hope this richly sherried expression with an Irn-Bru finish will add another
dimension to The Malt Whisky Trail experience, now captured in a bottle.”

Speyside is home to the world’s largest concentration of whisky distilleries and
The Malt Whisky Trail is the ultimate Scotch experience featuring nine centres of
whisky excellence. Monarch of The Trail features hand-selected single malts from
The Trail’s whisky producing sites which are finished in sherry casks from the
Speyside Cooperage.

// Tasting Notes //
Colour: Golden
Nose: Soft sherry, rich oak and puppy paws
Palate: Medium-bodied, sweet fruity notes
Finish: Notes of zesty orange, sultana and an Irn-Bru zing
ABV: 40%
RRP: Available from The Malt Whisky Trail sites
and specialist whisky retailers from £45

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