We visited Springbank and Glengyle distilleries (both owned by the same independent company and only a few minutes walk apart) as part of a full on long-weekend of distillery tours.
We had been given a treat the day before with a visit to Glengoyne and so expectations were high for this visit. We weren't to be disappointed. We arrived slightly early for the tour we had booked and wandered around the courtyard for a few minutes. We were lucky enough to have a chat with the general manager and a couple of members of staff during this time.
Then Jim arrived. Straight away you could see the twinkle in his eye - Jim is a legend! He took us on one of the most knowledgeable tours into whisky distillation we have ever had. He sensed our enthusiasm and it seemed to spur him on. He opened up to us in a really positive sense and really gave us an insight into the distillery and the industry.
Springbank itself is a well run, well presented distillery in a centre-of-town location. Not the most attractive from the outside but once inside it is a wonderful tour.
We were then taken to Glengyle distillery, owned by the same company, which was just around the corner. Jim explained to us that this distillery currently only produces for a very short period every year - around a month. The same men move from Springbank and work here during that time. Apparently then love it at Glengyle because, as it is a new distillery, everything is in one place and easily managed.
It was sad and strange to be in a distillery with so much investment and so much attention to detail, but which only produces for 4-5 weeks a year.
Jim then showed us to the Cadenhead shop in Campbeltown which is where the tasting took place. We were given a taste of 7 or 8 drams by the shop manager who allowed us pretty much free reign over which ones we tried. At the end of this we all took the opportunity to bottle our own whisky direct from a cask in the cellar area (cost extra).
Overall we spent well over 2 and a half hours and had a great time. The tour cost £20 which is great value considering the amount of time spent. Thanks for a great time all!
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