Tours of Strathisla can be booked online which is what I did; when I arrived at the distillery, I checked in slightly early and had a chat with Michael, the tour guide, for a few minutes while we waited for the other booked people to arrive.
The tour at Strathisla starts with some information on the history of the distillery and the Chivas Regal brand before moving to the production area.
The tour includes the milling, mashing, fermentation and distillation; the explanations were all clear and detailed. Photography was generally not allowed, except from two vantage points; one over the wash backs and the other from the door of the still house looking back inwards.
After the production area, we moved to the warehouse where we learned about the casks and the Chivas Regal blend. It was here that we had the first sample, which was the Strathisla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. My only criticism of this, was that the warehouse was quite cool, and so was the whisky. Whisky is like brandy or cognac whereby chilling it, makes it close up and lose flavour, which is also why it is best not to add ice to Scotch.
After this we moved onto the fancy new tasting room where there was three whiskies to try:
- Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
- Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky
- Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
I've toured Strathisla before and it is a very consistent experience; it is always very good. Todays tour was no different.