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Speyside Cooperage

Craigellachie, United Kingdom
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wendy w wrote a review Nov 2020
scotland179 contributions74 helpful votes
Stopped off here on our way home from a night in Aviemore, we knew it wasn't too far from home but had never visited. We enjoyed a coffee and cake in the wee shop, which had a good selection of hot and cold drinks, soup , sandwiches and lovely cakes . There is a small gift shop offering some lovely looking gifts at good prices. Staff very welcoming and doing an excellent job during these difficult times. We decided to do the tour of the cooperage entry is £4 per adult and well worth a visit. Very well informed tour and a great insight into the making of these whisky barrels. Both my husband and I were glad we decided on the tour. Ronnie our guide was excellent guide and did a great job. Definitely worth a visit here. A great day out even if you live in the nearby area, I recommend a visit. Great to have such a great wee gem in our area. The cooperage and coffee shop are closed at weekends.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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DonkScotland wrote a review Oct 2020
Scotland181 contributions70 helpful votes
Great place to visit - in our case on a wet day, but don't just keep it for a back up, it's really worth visiting any time. Fantastic safeguarding against Covid - best seen anywhere, including the measures in place for their own team - and staff extremely welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. Amazing to watch the men work at what is an incredibly skilful and demanding task. Equally amazing information about the life of the barrels/casks they make and repair to keep them in use for distilleries all over the place. Our guide, Rowan, was charming and enthusiastic, and the gift shop provided a few items to stash for (whisper it) Christmas! Only disappointment was that we didn't have enough space in our car to take home a half barrel, let alone a whole one, but we hope to come back sometime and do the big tour and will try to ensure there's room then!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Danielle wrote a review Sep 2020
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom123 contributions80 helpful votes
I developed a taste for Speyside single malt on a trip to the area a few years ago having visited a few distilleries. Sadly we could not fit this on that trip so made sure we included it this time and were even able to fit it in on the same day as a tour of the nearby Cragganmore distillery. We were delighted to see that they were back open following lockdown and from the moment of arrival it is clear to see the measures they have put in place, the signage is very clear and we had to report to reception to have our temperatures taken before going to the shop to buy our pre-booked tickets. This isn't a tour as such but they show you a really interesting video about Coopering and the history of the Cooperage, then afterwards our tour guide ( the tours are in social bubbles so it was just me and my Mum) took us to see the coopers at work. You really are watching master craftsmen at work and seeing this just makes you appreciate every dram even more. The tour was 45 mins in total and well worth the £4 entrance fee! We were met with a very friendly welcome both on arrival and afterwards in the shop and cafe. I just had to purchase a bottle of their secret Speyside Cooperage single malt for my collection, all they will tell you is that it's distilled especially for them by a local distillery. I really enjoyed this visit and if you are in Speyside then this is a must!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Richard G wrote a review Sep 2020
Kirkoswald, United Kingdom1 contribution
Not to be missed , very well organised and fascinating tour . Great staff , lovely cafe and shop. It is also the best protection Covid policy we have seen . So very glad we went. Many thanks
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Rucksaac wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
I'm not going to lie, I booked this by accident. I was looking for distillery tours that had opened back up, and rang a number I found on the Dufftown tourist information site. They must have been confused when I asked if they had any tours or tastings, but they did have tours, and they booked us in for a great experience of the most underrated trade in whisky - coopering. The guys at work here are true masters of their craft, and it's a pleasure to see them work. There's not an awful lot to see on the tour, but it's well explained by a very attentive personal guide, and well worth the £4 to get in. Make sure to try at least a miniature bottle of their Speyside Cooperage whisky - it's genuinely very, very good!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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