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Speyside Cooperage

Dufftown Road | Craigellachie, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 50 activities in Aberdeenshire
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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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

Mocksville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This tour was very informative about the construction of whiskey barrels, their sizes and so forth. The majority of the oak that goes into barrels comes trees harvested in Tennessee and overseas they can reuse the barrels, where as in the states they can only be used once. The tour is worth the time to see how they are constructed,... More

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

Dear Dave Many thanks for your review and comments on your visit to the Cooperage. I am pleased that you found the tour informative and worthwhile. Do visit us again if you are ever back in the area, Gill More

Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Having made many wine tours over the years, my friends and I have visited a few cooperages. This was our second whisky tour, and we had skipped the Speyside Cooperage in our previous tour five or six years ago. So it was decided that while we probably knew all we wanted to know about barrel making and repairing, we would... More

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

Dear Hanan Thank you for your review and for including us in your trip. It is great to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back if you organise a third whisky tour! Gill More

Delft
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Very impressed! I didn't realise this kind of handmade work was stil done. These people have to work hard for their money.

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

Dear YvonvdZalm Thank you for reviewing your visit - the Coopers certainly do work very hard! We hope to welcome you here again in the future. Gill More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I had family and friends up from Sheffield on a whisky trail tour some to see the oak barrels casks made was part the experience, we started with a video then onto a very informative tour, we went upstairs to a first floor viewing gallery to watch the boys at work, understand its piecework hence they really work hard and... More

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

Dear Alan Thank you for taking the time to comment on your visit here to the Cooperage. It's great to hear you found the tour informative and we are well impressed your relative managed to put the mini barrel together - not many people can do it! Best regards Gill More

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