What visits will 2020 bring?

31 December 2019

I stated the other day I had visited 53 distilleries in 2019, but later realised I had not added Tullamore to my timeline so I have actually visited 54.

I have started planning my visits for 2020 and, based on current plans, I will be visiting distilleries in the following regions:

  1. South Carolina
  2. North Carolina
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kentucky
  5. Scottish Islands
  6. Campbeltown
  7. Islay

As I travel around, I also hope to pick up a few distilleries in the following countries:

  1. England
  2. Republic of Ireland
  3. Northern Ireland

The majority of the distilleries will be whiskey or rum, but there may be a few other types sneak through.

2019 Distillery Tours – The Perfect 10 in Wales

7 December 2019

Coles Distillery was the fourth distillery I visited in 2019 and is set in south-west Wales. I had originally intended to do a two-week trip around Scotland, but failed to do any planning so changed it last minute to a week in Wales.

During that week, I visited three other distilleries in Wales, but Coles was the stand out tour and the only one in Wales which I rated a 10. Coles Distillery is set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire country side in the village of Llanddarog, the dark timber clad building no different to a large garden shed behind the White Hart Inn.

Coles Distillery looking inwards

The distillery is owned by the same family who run the White Hart Inn and uses a lot of custom designed equipment giving the distillery a unique feel. The tour needs to be booked in advance and is conducted by one of the distillery founders meaning you not only get to see the distillery, but also hear about its founding and the equipment used within.

The distillery makes a range of different spirits which you get to sample at the end of the tour, after which you can purchase bottles if you want; I opted to go for bottles of a few of their rums and a plum brandy.

The tour is nicely timed so that you can then take in a very nice lunch in the family pub.