We've had a nice tour with Brian, but as the team is quite small he's probably the only "guide".
The start was a little bit strange, as we arrived about 30 minutes before tour start and there was literally no open door, no possibility to wait, nothing at all.
But then Brian opened the doors right before the official tour start and we were offered some tea and we were talking about the distillery, the project, the founders, the royal family (which is not really of interest, when visiting a distillery, but anyhow). Brian is a nice guy, as well as the distillery is quite nice. But in the end Ballindalloch is a royal distillery in some way, where you can see, that they took every penny they could get by EU and government to get that thing started. It is missing of history (which is not the most important, but heritage in some way is), it is definetely missing of heart and also missing of passion for whisky itself.
The 35 pound tour was interesting and every question was answered. Nice equipment, too.
But there was no possibility to taste the wash which is quite nice to get a first taste of the distillery.
The tasting in the end with the sherry cask matured Cragganmores (and also there some story about, ohhh the owner has some casks here and there - nice) is indeed quite nice, but isn't giving me anyimpression of this distillery at all. Of course it is something like a privilege to taste that kind of Whisky, but guys it still is a whisky from another distillery! It would have been much more interesting to have a tasting line consisting of new make spirit, a 1 y.o. Bourbon cask matured and a 2 y.o. Sherry cask matured or something like that. Because that's why enthusiasts are visiting distilleries, to get a taste of the distillery and not of others or at least not only of others. If they would have started with the own spirits in progress and would have given then a dram of Cragganmore 27 to show "this is where we want to be in 12 years" everything would have been perfect.
I don't know if my impressions are wrong, but this is something like an english distillery in Scotland and that's not my thing.
For me whisky is much more about passion, about heart, about guts and the right feeling.
Anyhow I'm going to buy a bottle when it is ready.