Whisky tourism gets sophisticated

FOR anyone fancing a trip north to whisky’s Scottish heartland, prestige brand the Dalmore is taking the tourist experience to a rather exciting new level. The company has dropped a whopping £1m on souping up its Northern Highlands HQ to include an interactive experience that’s part science museum, part rock concert, part Tron. Amid lasers and funky presentation systems, visitors can witness how the age-old techniques of whisky production have been brought into the 21st century.

You can also taste some sensational whisky. Founded in 1839, The Dalmore is one of the most revered producers of single malt in the Highlands. The distillery was briefly occupied by the Royal Navy at the end of World War One and is now in the hands of global blending giant, Whyte & Mackay.

The distillery’s house style is distinctly robust in character, with pronounced notes of dried fruit, spices, marmalade and aromatic cigar boxes, which develop during long maturation in sherry casks. Highlights include a 15 year old, the spicy Gran Reserva (which pairs perfectly with Cuban cigars) and some ancient limited editions including the 45 year-old Aurora and 59 year-old, Eos, retailing for a cool £15,500.

For more information, visit www.thedalmore.com.