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Visiting Deanston Distillery

In late August, the Brit’s dad was in town so we decided to do a little local travel.

Doune and Deanston are both only a short drive away from Stirling (about 15-20minutes) and they are worth the visit. There is a castle in Doune, which many will know from Game of Thrones, Monty Python or Outlander. Deanston is the home of a small local distillery in Deanston. Paired together they are perfect for an afternoon adventure.

Doune village is nothing interesting, but the castle is nice to visit. For some reason a massive wedding party had taken over the castle so we couldn’t really take photos. Personally I think they should have closed the castle for the wedding. In the instance that you pay for entry, it’s a shame that you can’t fully visit or take photos of the castle. 

In the end we stayed there only 20 minutes and headed over to Deanston Distillery instead. Could you believe that in three years of living in Scotland I still hadn’t visited a whisky distillery? I remediated to this.

We visited on a late Saturday afternoon and we were the only people in our tour, making it cosy and easy to ask questions and interact with our lovely guide. 

She started the tour at the barrels – explained the importance of the wood and charring on taste. We then headed inside to see all the machinery. I would explain it to you, but I don’t remember much. It went from sifting, to grinding, to washing the grain before fermentation. Then finally it ends up at the distilling part of the process. That’s the one with the big copper pots. 

Then they barrel and wait. We were told that to be called ‘Scotch Whisky’ a whisky has to be made in Scotland with Scottish water and be barrelled for at least three years old. They have whiskies that are more than 40 years old.

We all really enjoyed the tour, which ended with tasting their special 10-year-old whisky. I barely took a sip and it burnt my mouth. I’m not used to whisky yet! But the Brit and his dad said it was really good whisky – and they’re connoisseur. 

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I ended up buying a whisky for my dad, some jam (with whisky) and fell in love with a whisky-scented candle. 

I also discovered myself a new mission! Realising that I started truly appreciating wine when I went to a few wine tastings, I’m going to start doing more whisky tasting to grow my taste of it as well!

Have you visited a distillery or tried a whisky tasting?xx

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  • Love these photos! I’ve never visited a distillery, but it looks like so much fun. And I’m intrigued by the whiskey-scented candle. Was it a pleasant scent?

    • It was so pleasant! I can’t really describe the smell, but it was a bit sweet and it would probably be lovely lit up in a home 🙂

  • This type of thing always massively appeals to me but I don’t drink whiskey so I don’t know why it appeals to me so much! I think that Luke would love it though!

    • haha I know I’m the same! But it was fascinating to learn about whisky making, even though I don’t really drink it haha

  • Yay for local travel!! 🙂 I haven’t quite acquired the taste for whisky either. haha I’m working on it though.

    • haha it’s so rough! But it was interesting because when we did our whisky tasting they told us you’re meant to keep the first sip in your mouth for as many seconds as there are years (so twelve seconds for a twelve year old whisky) and it’s meant to burn a little but then your next few sips will be burn free and allow you to really taste it. So in theory I understand, but my mouth isn’t used to it yet lol

  • I totally agree – if you can’t see what you’ve paid for (i.e. due to the wedding) they shouldn’t make you pay an entrance fee. And you know the wedding would have paid a huge fee in the first place! I enjoy whisky cocktails, but I’m not quite at the point where I can have it neat. x

  • what a cool experience!

  • We visited the Plymouth Gin Distillery and it was so interesting! Alice xxx

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  • That’s so cool that they let you take photos! My husband and I went on a whisky tour in Speyside and none of the distilleries allowed photos inside. It was very interesting to learn all about how whisky was made, though!

    • No way, how crazy that they didn’t let you take photos. May have been the big famous distilleries? To be fair, in some of the rooms we would have normally not been allowed to take photos because of something in the air, but the day we went they weren’t producing so we were allowed to take photos.

  • I haven’t developed the taste for whisky yet, but it does seem a good idea if you’re living in Scotland to tour a distillery at least once! It’s a shame you couldn’t take full advantage of your time at the castle in Doune, though :/ You should’ve photobombed the wedding party.

    • hahaha i thought about photobombing the wedding! But I didn’t want to ruin their probably very expensive wedding haha. I really don’t have a taste for whisky, but I’m hoping I develop it! Now it just always tastes of burning lol