The Mad Brewer '99
March 16, 1999
Another fantastic tour, which is free! And it includes a pretty decent dram.
|The mash tun
Glenfiddich is part of the same group that owns Balvenie.
|The spirit safe.
Look closely, and you can seen the spirit running.
|The visitor center
They blend 9 casks aged in used bourbon casks to one aged in an old sherry cask. This may be why there is so little color.
|The visitor center is first class.|
|Even the views of the surrounding country side are nice.|
|A full washback. The unhopped beer starts at about 1.056, and ferements down to about 1.000 or lower, resulting in about 7.5% alcohol, and damn little residual sugar.|
|A nice sign|
|The stills are short and squat.
The time it takes to mash, and do three runnings is 6 hours.
Initial cask strength is 63%, which reduces to 60% after 8 to 12 years. The rest is the "Angels Share".
|But they have a bunch of them|
|If you look closely, you can see there are two different types of stills, one for the first pass, and a second still for the second pass.|
|The tasting room|
|Our tour guide.|
|The washbacks are all wood!
|They are filling up this washback.|
Below, a close up of the spirit safe in action. The left side is getting the middle cut, the right side is the low wines, which get recycled into the next batch.