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Speyside Whisky Experience

Elgin, United Kingdom
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Speyside Whisky Experience
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alexmcg28 wrote a review 3 May
San Diego, California22 contributions2 helpful votes
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Look NO FURTHER - Derek is the tour guide, and experience you want. We feel so grateful to have found him to take us around to the distillers and share with us his wealth of knowledge. Always on time, extremely clean car where he provided waters, cereal bars, umbrellas etc. We booked with Derek for two days and learned so much from him, not only about whisky but about Scottish history as well. The itinerary he made for us was perfect and allowed us to try and range of different whisky and see very large production vs smaller production distilleries. He planned everything for us, picked us up and dropped us off at our accommodations, we didn’t have to worry about a thing besides enjoying ourselves. We did seven distillers in two days. Well worth every penny, book with him. Thank you Derek !!!!!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from SpeysideWhiskyExp, Owner at Speyside Whisky Experience
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Alexandra. Thanks so much for this very positive review. It was a pleasure touring with both of you and good to know that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again sometime. Derek
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Michael S wrote a review Sept 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Spending the day with Derek touring around Speyside was sublime, his knowledge is second to none and is prepared to meet you where you are at, whether that means you've been on a whisky journey for a years or it's your first time ever enjoying the water of life. He brings are career of adventure and story telling which is unlike anyone else. You can tell as we visit distillery one after another he is well liked and trusted in the whisky community and you nearly feel like you are with a celebrity at times. Can't reccomend this company enough from start to finish a pleasure and made my anniversary trip special for me and my wife.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from SpeysideWhiskyExp, Owner at Speyside Whisky Experience
Responded 6 Sept 2021
Hi Michael and Tiffany. Thanks for this kind review, I am glad you both enjoyed the day and were able to pick up a few whisky facts and stories. It was a pleasure hosting you. All the best Derek
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Daisy Z wrote a review Nov 2019
Bavaria, Germany28 contributions3 helpful votes
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Derek was a gem. Communicative from the first inquiry, he quickly customized an itinerary for a full day in Speyside - taking care to focus on what was most interesting to us and also offering his own suggestions when we asked. He scheduled two full distillery tours for us, both unlikely that we would have picked on our own (Cardhu, and Balvenie). We still haven’t stopped raving about the Balvenie tour. We also fed Highland cattle, saw Balvenie castle, and stopped at two other distilleries (Glendfiddich, Macallan) for lunch and casual tastings. Derek showed us around the museum at Macallan and told us so many stories and amazing bits of information, that we NEVER would have gotten just from touring around ourselves. He is a highly respected name in the industry, everyone knows Derek, but he’s so humble and walking around with him just makes everything feel approachable. He has recommendations for every taste and knows every distillery inside and out. If you know a little something about whisky, or even if you don’t, Derek will go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and treated like a true VIP. He will educate you more than you ever thought possible, but in a casual, entertaining, and non-pretentious way. At the end of the day, Derek made sure we were set for dinner and happily took us to the co-op so we could grab food - something he didn’t have to do, but was such a nice gesture. Simply put, our day in Speyside as Derek’s guests was a high point of our trip and an experience we will never forget. Thanks again! - Daisy + Lee
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from SpeysideWhiskyExp, Owner at Speyside Whisky Experience
Responded 14 Nov 2019
Hi Daisy and Lee . Great to hear from you, and thank you for such a nice review. If you have learned just something about malt whisky from me , my job is done ! Keep enjoying our national drink, and hope to see you again some time in the future. Cheers Derek
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ray1green2018 wrote a review Oct 2019
Delray Beach, Florida12 contributions10 helpful votes
Me and 3 friends spent 2 full days with Derek in speyside. Derek booked our tours, planned our itinerary to the pace and experience we wanted and we could not be more thankful. What an amazing journey learning about whiskey and the Scottish culture and history. Derek is modest but several distillery guides told us just how lucky we were and how he is a member of the keeper of the Quaich. An extremely rare and highly coveted honor in the whiskey world. Derek always has a plan B if someone wants to pivot or mix things up. He knows every road and every distillery and every lunch and dinner spot and then some. Derek even helped us with a golf tee time and coordinated a special rate and experience on a private course thru a friend who is a member. This trip would not have been possible without Derek. 4 Americans visiting for our first time it was overwhelming the thought of planning and driving (on the opposite side). Thank you Derek for everything and have a good winter. We look forward to sharing a dram together hopefully on another visit in the future to Speyside. R,G,L,R from Florida. PS one of our group members had luggage not arrive on the plane. He was without his bags for 2 full days. Derek helped with extra clothing , coordinated the bag delivered to his own home from Inverness and made sure we were comfortable warm and taken care of at all times. Truly above and beyond.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from SpeysideWhiskyExp, Owner at Speyside Whisky Experience
Responded 28 Oct 2019
Hi Guys. Thanks very much for such a positive review. it was my pleasure to host you all for the couple of days you spent in Speyside. Glad that you enjoyed the experience ! Derek
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The JD wrote a review Oct 2019
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Derek's knowledge and experience made the two days we hired him as a guide absolutely fantastic and stress free. He handled the organization, booking, and driving for two days in the Speyside area that allowed us to visit 6 different distilleries in two days along with visiting a cooperage, feeding some highland cattle, and visiting the Balvenie castle. His seemingly bottomless knowledge of the specific distilleries as well as the history of the whisky industry in general made the drives between locations entertaining and informative. I can't recommend him enough!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from SpeysideWhiskyExp, Owner at Speyside Whisky Experience
Responded 4 Oct 2019
Jon, Thanks so much for such a positive review. It was my pleasure to host you for the two days and show you around Speyside and its distilleries. Derek
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