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Join us on our Penderyn adventure!

Recently we ventured west, to the land of dragons, daffodils and unpronounceable towns because we wanted to a look inside Penderyn Distillery. Enjoy the footage! Welcome to Penderyn Distillery! Earlier…

Recently we ventured west, to the land of dragons, daffodils and unpronounceable towns because we wanted to a look inside Penderyn Distillery. Enjoy the footage!

Welcome to Penderyn Distillery! Earlier this year we visited the first commercial whisky distillery in Wales for a century to find out how it makes its delightful whisky, what the future holds and more. Located in the rather beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, Penderyn has been distilling since September 2000, helping to put the Welsh whisky category back on the map. Over the course of the next five videos, we break down the story of how Penderyn whisky is made, from milling to maturation, with the help of our wonderful host Mike Wheeler, Penderyn brand ambassador. Enjoy!

Our first stop brings us to milling. Wheeler features to talk us through how the distillery processes the 28 tonnes of malted barley that is brought to the distillery every seven to ten days!

It’s tun time! Penderyn has only mashed its own barley on-site since 2013, so it’s quite proud of its mash tun, as well as its shiny stainless steel washbacks.

Onto the stillhouse! Penderyn’s unique Faraday stills are a notable highlight, as Wheeler breaks down the Welsh brand’s distillation process.

There is a lot of delicious whisky maturing in Penderyn’s warehouse right now in a wide variety of casks. Wheeler and blender Aista Jukneviciute talk us through the impressive stock here.

High-quality water is essential to make high-quality whisky according to Wheeler in this video, who talks about the distillery’s ideal location in waterfall country…

Penderyn

The distillery leads the burgeoning Welsh whisky category

So, there you have it. Be sure to join us again for more Penderyn-based fun next week…

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Discover the role of copper at The Balvenie Distillery!

Copper plays a vital role in whisky-making. As part of the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition, we explore just how influential the element is up at The Balvenie Distillery!…

Copper plays a vital role in whisky-making. As part of the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition, we explore just how influential the element is up at The Balvenie Distillery!

Denis McBain has spent an incredible 60 years working as a coppersmith at The Balvenie. We check out the importance of his craft and get all kinds of geeky with the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition programme. 

Want to know more about the next EBS Scotch Whisky Expedition? Check out the educator’s website for all the deets!

Balvenie Distillery

The Balvenie Distillery

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Discover the bottling process at Glenfiddich!

We join the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition for a behind-the-scenes tour around the bottling plant at Speyside’s Glenfiddich Distillery! It may not be the most glamorous part of…

We join the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition for a behind-the-scenes tour around the bottling plant at Speyside’s Glenfiddich Distillery!

It may not be the most glamorous part of the whisky-producing process, but we’d struggle to get our mitts on the good stuff if there were no bottling lines. As part of the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition, we check out the operations up at Glenfiddich Distillery, with dry good coordinator Steven Leighton.

Want to fully immerse yourself in the wonderful world of whisky with the EBS Scotch Whisky Expedition? Head to the website now!

Glenfiddich Distillery

Glenfiddich Distillery

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Discover the still house at Glenfiddich Distillery!

It’s where the magic happens: wash turns into spirit in the Glenfiddich still house! We explore the magnificent distillation space as part of the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition!…

It’s where the magic happens: wash turns into spirit in the Glenfiddich still house! We explore the magnificent distillation space as part of the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition!

We join the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition to go behind the scenes at Glenfiddich Distillery, including inside the majestic still house. The distillery’s archivist James Roberts spills all the deets. 

Like what you see and want to secure your spot on the next EBS Scotch Whisky Expedition? Check out the educator’s website!

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The still house at Glenfiddich

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Discover the maltings at The Balvenie Distillery!

In the spring, we joined the European Bartender School (EBS) to go behind the scenes at Speyside’s Glenfiddich Distillery, including the maltings at the neighbouring Balvenie! With only seven distilleries…

In the spring, we joined the European Bartender School (EBS) to go behind the scenes at Speyside’s Glenfiddich Distillery, including the maltings at the neighbouring Balvenie!

With only seven distilleries in Scotland operating their own maltings, it’s always a treat to check out the process. We join EBS’s Scotch Whisky Expedition and get geeky about all things barley up at Glenfiddich and Balvenie with archivist James Roberts!

Want in? Check out the EBS website to secure your place on the next Scotch Whisky Expedition!

Malt shovel in action

Malt shovel in action

 

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Discover the Robbie Dhu Spring water source at Glenfiddich!

Earlier this year we joined the European Bartender School (EBS) for a good nose around Glenfiddich Distillery. First stop? That all-important water source… Water is a critical Scotch whisky ingredient…

Earlier this year we joined the European Bartender School (EBS) for a good nose around Glenfiddich Distillery. First stop? That all-important water source…

Water is a critical Scotch whisky ingredient – along with malted barley and yeast. We joined the European Bartender School’s Scotch Whisky Expedition to check out Glenfiddich Distillery for a week of whisky-making and learning, starting with that all-important water source. For Glenfiddich, it’s the Robbie Dhu Spring. Lorna Woodcock, environmental chemist for Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie Distillery, showed us around!

Fancy joining the next EBS Scotch Whisky Expedition? Check out the educator’s website to secure your place!

Glenfiddich Distillery at night.

The Glenfiddich Distillery looking all lovely by night

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Relive all the fun of Fèis Ìle 2019!

Nine days, 12 distilleries and open events, and one magical island. It can only be Fèis Ìle! Join us as we relive all the Islay (and Jura!) whisky fun. Back…

Nine days, 12 distilleries and open events, and one magical island. It can only be Fèis Ìle! Join us as we relive all the Islay (and Jura!) whisky fun.

Back in May, an intrepid team of five headed north from MoM HQ to the island of Islay for Fèis Ìle. The annual spirits extravaganza (there was a lot more gin around than you might expect) takes in all nine distilleries, plus open days at the Port Ellen Maltings and Islay Ales, as well as a focus on neighbouring Jura. It really is a bucket-list trip for whisky-lovers!

Every day we packed the car (with a designated driver, obviously) and decamped with full film kit at each location. We got fully involved in distillery, tours, tastings, and even putting YOUR questions to the great and the good of the island distilling scene.

Missed the action? You can catch-up on our day-by-day reports, videos and more here. But why not get a taste for all things Fèis with our supercut?!

MoM HQ at the Port Ellen Maltings. Safety first!

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Discover Highland Park with Martin Markvardsen!

Love Highland Park? So do we! We grabbed some time with brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen while he was in London to find out more about what sets the Orkney distillery…

Love Highland Park? So do we! We grabbed some time with brand ambassador Martin Markvardsen while he was in London to find out more about what sets the Orkney distillery apart, and of course, have an all-important taste…

One of just two distilleries to call the Orkney Islands home, Highland Park has a pretty compelling sense-of-place story. We met Martin Markvardsen at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch for an in-depth chat, exploring peat, floor maltings, the brand’s Viking heritage and more. And have a taste, of course! Join us as we check out Highland Park 12 Year Old, Valknut, and the 18 year old expression in detail. Enjoy!

Delicious Highland Park

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What’s going on with barley at Bruichladdich?

Islay’s Bruichladdich has built a bit of a reputation for its obsession with barley types and terroir. We hung out at the recently-purchased croft next to the distillery to get…

Islay’s Bruichladdich has built a bit of a reputation for its obsession with barley types and terroir. We hung out at the recently-purchased croft next to the distillery to get an exclusive update on the barley trials. 

Last September, Islay distillery Bruichladdich bolstered its barley focus when it bought a neighbouring croft to accelerate its work in whisky terroir. Part of its vision? To explore new and heritage barley varietals and ultimately amp up the flavour in whisky.

The croft is now being used to test how as many as 60 different varietals take to the Islay soil and climate – and what their resulting flavour and yield might be. We take a walk up to the croft with Bruichladdich’s communications manager – malts, Christy McFarlane.

Filming up at Bruichladdich

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We put your Ardbeg questions to Mickey Heads!

Join us as we put your questions about Ardbeg to distillery manager Mickey Heads during Fèis Ìle 2019! Hurrah for Ardbeg Day! We marked the occasion by heading to the…

Join us as we put your questions about Ardbeg to distillery manager Mickey Heads during Fèis Ìle 2019!

Hurrah for Ardbeg Day! We marked the occasion by heading to the distillery and asking Mickey Heads YOUR questions! Want to see all the Q&As from the island? Check out the Fèis Ìle tag on the blog or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! (@masterofmalt, if you didn’t know.)

Ardbeg Mickey Heads

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