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Speyside Cooperage

Dufftown Road | Craigellachie, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 52 activities in Aberdeenshire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours
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Arlington, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Seeing the Speyside Cooperage in action was a highlight of our trip. The tour included a video and then going to an overlook of the workshop to watch the coopers make and repair the casks. We have a new appreciation for their craft, skills and strength. The kids (little and big) enjoyed putting together a demo cask. The guide was... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Everyone knows that Whisky has to sleep in a cask for a long time ... but how important the making of this cask is clear to me now. These hard working man make it all possible. Great respect and very happy I saw them really working. I will think of them everytime I have a wee dram. The location is... More

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear McSan41 It is very kind of you to take time to review your visit. Thank you for your comments; I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the facilities and location. I also hope you enjoy your next wee dram! Best regards Gill More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The visit was interesting but not as good as the promotional leaflet suggests. The front of the leaflet leads with a close-up image of the barrels being flamed - we didn't get to see this at all (apart from on the video). Getting a bit closer to the action would be good - I know it's a working factory but... More

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear DaddyBadger2010 We very much appreciate your review of your visit to the Cooperage. I am sorry to hear you feel your visit could have been better; you are correct that we do not let visitors in to the area where the casks set alight - this is due to the obvious safety implications which is why we show the... More

Braemar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went there a few days ago and planned to do a few distilleries and stopped by the cooperage, as without casks there would be no whisky Great location and plenty parking, a very good welcome and was shown a short video about the oak source etc the was met by Ronnie our guide, he was full of knowledge and explained... More

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hi Jimbob Thank you for taking the time to review your visit, it's great to hear you found the tour interesting and Ronnie, our head guide was so knowledgeable. I am glad you found the facilities and location great; do visit us again if you are ever back in the area. Best regards Gill More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I learned things about the beautiful oak whiskey barrels and watched the coopers at work, a dying trade.

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Mary Thank you for visiting the Cooperage and for your review. The traditional craft of coopering certainly is fascinating to watch and I am glad you found it interesting. Best wishes Gill More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I had passed the Speyside Cooperage before and had always fancied a visit, it's well worth the £3.50 entrance fee and great to see the coopers at work. You even get to have a go at building a demonstration cask. Not a full day out but a worthwhile visit.

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Allan Thank you for visiting us and taking time to leave comments. We were pleased to welcome you here at the Cooperage and I am glad you found your visit interesting. Best regards Gill More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Visited the Cooperage prior to a distillery visit. If you are visiting the area, you must visit this place. It is so fascinating seeing how the barrels are put together and at what speed also. We tried to build a small demo barrel with no success, so my hat off to the guys who do this as a career.

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Colin Many thanks for visiting us whilst you were in the area and for taking time to give feedback; I am delighted you found the tour fascinating. The small cask is a bit of a fun challenge so hope you will come try it again if you are ever back in Speyside. Best regards Gill More

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had no idea what went into the making of casks and barrels, and we had had various bits of information at the various distilleries that we have visited. So we decided to go to the Cooperage which was recommended to us by the guide at Glenlivet distillery. We were not disappointed! This is a fascinating process and after watching... More

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Dear Jonathan Thank you for taking time to review your visit. It's great that you found your guide so insightful and enjoyed all the facilities. Don't worry about the small cask; very few manage to construct it!!! Kind regards Gill More

Inverness, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

On my travels to Aberdeen, I had on occasion passed the stacks of casks at the Cooperage and was fascinated by them. When my son and his family visited, we decided to go to and enjoy the tour. As many other people have noted this seems a natural progression for those who have 'done' the distilleries! Very welcoming and helpful... More

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Lucy Many thanks for visiting us this time you were passing. It is great that you found the staff welcoming, helpful and able to answer all your questions. We were delighted to have been part of such a great day out for you and your family. Regards Gill More

Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Having visited some distilleries we wanted to know more about barrels. Therefore we decided to see the cooperage, too. The entrance fee is not high (only 3.50) and worth every penny. First you are shown a short film to see the basics and the background story. Then you can go up to the first floor to watch the coopers while... More

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Gill M, Manager at Speyside Cooperage, responded to this review

Hello Viaggi_CS Thank you for reviewing your great experience after you visited us at the Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre. I am pleased you found it a worthwhile addition to your trip and delighted you found your guide to be so knowledgeable. Best regards Gill More

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