Monday, checking out of the apartment and starting our way back home.
But we had a scheduled stop in Pitlochry.
Thought we had time for the long way round so we drove by Glenlivet.
No time for a tour, but we browsed the shop and the displays.
Very fancy looking visitor center, but a rather poor selection of whisky.
Passed Tomintoul on the way and ended up on the Highland Tourist route across Cairngorm national park. Quite some nature, but a long winding one lane road for mile upon mile.
Think it took us at least one hour more than if we had gone straight on the A95.
But we reached our destination with time to spare.
So we had a look at Edradour.
And what a selection in the shop.
Signatory have their bottling plant next to the car park across the road, and they must have had every Signatory bottling from the past two years neatly lined up on the shelves.
Fairly good prices as well.
Time was up and we headed for Blair Athol for our last booking, the Allt Dour tasting.
A short guided tour around the distillery before the tasting.
Looking at the heard of 28 people taking off for the basic tour while we were waiting gave our tasting group of 5 an even more exclusive feeling.
A knowledgable, calm, collected and quite funny employee by the name of Ian guided us.
It's the first distillery I've been to that takes their mash water from the open stream running through the site, named Allt Dour.
Settled in the Allt Dour tasting room we were served very generous measures of:
Blair Athol 12YO F&F, Blair Athol Distillery Exclusive @ 48%, Singleton of Dufftown 15YO, Dailuaine 16YO F&F, Blair Athol 1986 32YO bourbon cask and 1993 25YO sherry cask.
Both single casks were drawn straight from the casks placed in the room.
And you know a cask is about to run empty when the whisky gets chewy
The sherry cask was considered the best they had ever produced.
Ian's most favourite of all time, and aclaimed by several whisky notabilities.
Measured to be 62% ABV, tasting like it was 48.
All in all, not just most bang but most quality and fun for the price I've ever had at a distillery.
Good selection in the shop. Most F&F bottlings and a large selection of more exclusives.
Ronny managed to walk away with the last bottle of Collectivum XXVIII, a malt blend from all 28 Diageo distilleries. It was their last bottle, sitting in a locked glass cabinet and reserved by the distillery master.
As Ian said; hope he won't be too mad, after all, money in the till is better than a promiss.
The last night was spent at Athol Palace, a hillside castle built as a healt resort in the late 1800's
And when in Rome... a three course dinner and an hour in their spa was a suitable follow up to a superior tasting.
Tuesday morning, 1,5 hour drive to the airport, drop of the rental, grab an Octomore 08.2 passing through the duty free and reach the gate as it opens for bording.
Perfect timing and sunshine all the way through