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The Water of Life’

Smokey, peaty, bold, and smooth:
take a whisky tour and discover the flavour of Scotland.
Fact File:
Distilleries in Scotland: over 120 active distilleries| Whisky Regions: Campbeltown, Highlands, Islay, Lowlands, Speyside
Minimum Maturation Time: 3 years
Whisky has simple ingredients: barley, wheat or rye, yeast and water. The Scots drink it straight or with a dash of water. But the drink is also complex. There's an abundance of different 'cask strengths', 'blended malts', and 'single grains'. Take a tour and learn the nuances. Whisky makers say distilleries are in remote locations because of fresh water sources. But this isn’t always true.
In the 18th century, distillers relocated to avoid tax collector routes. This was bad for distillers, but it’s great if you want to enjoy a dram near a delightful view.
Distillers avoided tax by malting at night. Glaswegians rioted when Britain imposed a malt tax. And dragoons and highwayman patrolled the roads searching for whisky smugglers. Take a whisky tour and let your guide bring the history to life. Many of Scotland’s literary legends were influenced by the taste of whisky. Robert Burns penned entire poems in the drink’s honour. Find out why the Scots call it ‘The Water of Life’ and you may be inspired to write a verse or two yourself.
Casks at Scottish whiskey distillery. 
BUSHMILLS, IRELAND - JULY 7, 2019: Buildings and exterior of Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The original site where Bushmills Irish Whiskey distilled since 1784
BUSHMILLS, IRELAND - JULY 7, 2019: Buildings and exterior of Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The original site where Bushmills Irish Whiskey distilled since 1784