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Review of Cardhu Distillery

Cardhu Distillery
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US$336.26*
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3-Day Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Aberlour
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Share with us the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as "silky" and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends.
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We visited the Cardhu distillery on our recent trip to the Highlands.

We took the tour, which was good value for money and featured a dram at the end of the tour.

Our guide was very knowledgable and no question was too daft for her.

We even bought a bottle based on how much we enjoyed the trip\tour.

I would advised signing up to become "A Friend of the Classic Malts" via www.malts.com, as this will then enable you to get into 12 of the Diageo distilleries, including Cardhu for free! My father-in-law had wisely already done this before our trip and didn't have to pay here.

2  Thank Mr_Pork_and_Ham
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Who knew that Cardu whisky is in every bottle of Johnnie Walker? I didn't! This is a must see distillery! It was founded by a woman and contains the Johnnie Walker Vault (you get to go in). Holly was an excellent tour guide! There are shaggy highland cows (pets) on the property that you can visit. Be careful if you try to hand feed them grass, you might get licked!

Thank Aligirl65
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The distillery, which was pioneered by a woman, is located in a lovely scenic part of Speyside. On our arrival my three friends and I decided to undertake the Glassic Tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. Holly, our Tour Guide, was friendly and polite. She explained the whisky process, in detail, and her information on the history of the distillery was extremely interesting. She also managed to converse in French with some of the other visitors on the tour and answer their questions which greatly impressed us all. At the end of the tour we sampled three different single malts from the Cardhu range and on completion of our tastings we were allowed to keep our dram glasses – this will be a constant reminder of our visit. This distillery tour is excellent value for money. The distillery is, without doubt, “one of the gems” in the Diageo group of “Classic Malt Distilleries” and well worth a visit if you are planning a distillery tour in the near future especially as the distillery is open throughout the year.

Thank FOWERMARRAS
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Visited this distillery quite a while ago, but still cannot forget its average or below-average posture. We were booked on the last tour of the tour, which happened to be quite packed. The tour guide was rather average, did not show anything exceptional aside from what you'd know already from Diageo's website - so while you get an appropriate commentary, there is nothing to look forward to. At least the warehouse was part of the standard tour. I hoped the tasting at the end would redress it somehow, but it was not particularly well organised, and the whisky offered (Special Cask Reserve) did not shine, when compared to standard 12yo. Only copies of their flavour map were of any interest, so I took some. But overall, not a particularly interesting tour - there are better Speyside tours available, even Cragganmore (also owned by Diageo) does a better job. 6.8 / 10

Thank Marek90
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Was hurriedly shown around the DIAGEO(tm) Cardhu distillery by an ex trolley dolly a few days ago and left feeling that they just use the tour to attempt to get you to become a 'friend of the whisky'. She was keen for everyone to know that Diageo (international company that owns various drinks brands including Guinness and many more) now owns Cardhu along with many other well known malts.

Unfortunately the streamlining brought in by the new owners means that much of the whisky making process is now done off site meaning that we only got to see some of the process.

I suggest that if you are interested in the process of making whisky then avoid this one and head for the family owned Glenfarclas at Aberlour.

3  Thank Nickbob
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