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“A must visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Whisky Castle

The Whisky Castle
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Tomintoul
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Whisky Castle has been selling the finest malt whiskies of Scotland from its premises in the quaint village of Tomintoul for over 100 years. It is located at the gateway to Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail. Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and The Whisky Castle is the highest whisky shop in the UK. Your hosts Sam and Scott, along with their team Maureen, Kirstin and Lauren would be delighted to welcome you to sample some of the finest Scottish malts and gins Scotland has to offer. We have over 500 malt whiskies with many being single cask, independently bottled and from small batches. We provide a unique tasting experience from a fantastic selection of products allowing us to match a malt to your palette and budget. Our single malts are personally selected by us with many being non-chill filtered so you are assured of some of the most unique drams from across Scotland including limited and rare collectables. We also stock some whiskies from distilleries that have closed and also those that have been demolished and lost forever! We also offer lager, beers, wine, champagne, vodka, gin, port, brandy, sherry and many Scottish liqueurs. There is an extensive gift shop and 18 seater café in our Highland Market serving hot food all day. We offer a full range of Scottish gifts, toys, unique jewellery and country clothing to suit all tastes. When you get the chance to visit us you will be given a traditional warm Scottish welcome and if you are looking for something extra special that we don't have in stock we offer a sourcing service and we can have your item shipped direct to your door. All of our products can be bought online. We love reaching out and spreading the word about the fabulous Malt Whiskies of Scotland in their natural state where there is no added caramel for colouring and whiskies have not been chill-filtered for clarity and/or diminished in flavour for consistency.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Sydney, Australia
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“A must visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

This is a must visit if for nothing else than the sheer numbers of different whiskeys. Add to that the knowledge of the owner plus his willingness to discuss all matters of places, life, the universe and all that, plus the adjoining gift shop and you simply can't fail to have an enjoyable visit. I didn't buy a whiskey, however I didn't leave empty handed as I found some books on whiskey, plus my wife found the gift shop ! !

Visited July 2014
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“Water of Life.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Have visited here for more years than I can remember and always had a warm welcome from the Drury's.Both husband and wife are a fountain of information about all the whisky they sell from the humble bottle to the 1k nectar.Always free samples to test your knowledge and theirs.You may nose or taste something that arouses their interest.I always buy a couple of bottles but never pay excessively.They have books on whisky which you can browse to see what the"experts" say.Definitely return next year.Good luck to you both.
Large free car park opposite.

Visited June 2014
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Seattle
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“Free Tastes of Many Fine Single Malts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

Lots of fun and a lot of info at this little shop, The owner is a hoot and very free withh his samples. Be prepare to buy something. The owner is a good guy who will chat with you about life, travel and whisky while pouring wee drams of the good stuff. How can you not buy something ? Fun and no pressure. Good restaurant across street.

Visited May 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Knowledgeable lady”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

An amazing find! Cathy is extremely knowledgeable about her whisky and even managed to teach my husband a thing or two. Will certainly be calling in again next time we pass.

Visited May 2014
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Banff, United Kingdom
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“A must visit on the whisky trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

I had family and friends up from Sheffield for a whisky trail tour we did the usual mentioned earlier we moved onto the the highest village I understand in Scotland the proprietor Mr Drury I think was very entertaining with loads knowledge we bought some nectar from him but he was more interested in explaining things about whisky, we all enjoyed a must visit place

Visited May 2014
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