The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul, Moray, Scotland
The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul, Moray, Scotland

Travelove Series is about the smiles I have gathered during my travels. I consciously look for Travelove during my travels.

Travelove Series 3 – Of Single Malts and a Chill-Filtered Smile!

On the last day of my Speyside Whisky Trail trip to Scotland, we visited Tomintoul – a small town in Moray. This place houses a globally famous single malt outlet – The Whisky Castle – that is run by Mike and Cathy Drury. It stocks over 500 single cask and small batch Single Malts.

Our tour guide Andrew conspiratorially asked me if I would like to taste some exotic Single Malt for free. I nodded. He then proceeded to tell me once we reach The Whisky Castle, I should strike a conversation with Mike about chill-filtered Single Malts.

Once there, I did so and realised that Mike is a sworn hater of chill-filtered Single Malts (chill-filtering is a purely cosmetic process and is all about removal of sediments in the whisky). Sure enough, he poured a shot of non-chill-filtered whisky and offered me to taste that.

Upon finishing that shot, I realised couple of other similar, yet exotic, whisky shots waited for me. At that point I exchanged a knowing smile with Andrew and added yet another interesting and indelible travel experience to my memory.

PS: I didn’t taste those whiskies for free after all as I ended up buying a rare gem from that store 🙂

Do you look for Travelove during your travels? To read more of my Travelove series, click here.

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