VISITORS will get the chance to see whisky-making first-hand when Scotland’s most easterly distillery, Glen Garioch in Oldmeldrum, opens its doors to the public on Saturday, September 22, from 10am to 4.30pm.
The 200-year-old distillery continues to reflect its proud Doric heritage of producing handcrafted natural Highland whiskies and now it’s inviting people to come and see that tradition for themselves at a free open day.
The open day will see Glen Garioch launch its first-ever Bottle Your Own scheme, where people can capture the essence of the non chill-filtered malt for themselves. Visitors will get the chance to decant the malt direct from the cask to bottle whilst taking in some facts about the distillery process.
Pride of place on the day will be an exhibition in the malt barns showing the results of a local school photography competition: Myths and Legends in the Garioch. Influenced by the success of the latest movie, Brave, pupils from Meldrum Academy and the twelve primary schools within its catchment area, have been snapping the best of the local scenery, characters or objects to get their hands on prizes. The competition has been open to a range of age categories including: P1-3, P4-6, S1-3 and S4-6.
The prize-giving ceremony will see Glen Garioch visitor centre manger, Anne Kinnes present prizes to the worthy snappers.
Dramming enthusiasts will also get the chance to soak up the history and experience the crafted range of malts from Glen Garioch by taking part in one of the master classes throughout the day by distillery manager, Kenny Grant, or those new to the whisky trail can try out an express tour of the visitor centre.
The important process of maturing the malt in wooden casks can be witnessed at a cooperage demonstration which will demonstrate how the barrels are built and used in the whisky-making process.
There will be a range of tea, cakes and craft stalls to keep the family entertained.
Glen Garioch distillery staff will also be collecting donations for local community groups.
Anne Kinnes, Head of Visitor Centres for Morrison Bowmore, said, “The visitor centre at Glen Garioch sees over 6,000 people a year and now we’re encouraging locals and other visitors to the area to experience our couthie spirit for themselves.
“Glen Garioch has been hosting a photography exhibition for local school children and the results will be announced on the day.
“For the adults, there are masterclasses and tours of the distillery, so they can see first-hand the enhanced visitor experience and how this fine artisan distillery continues to attract people to the area and remains a key driver for the local economy.”