Several distilleries are now offering visitors the opportunity to bottle their own from a specific cask. Not only is there a sense of theatre from the proceedings and a unique experience, but these casks offer you the rare chance to sample a whisky from the distillery that is cask strength and without any interference.
Many visitors are content with a tour or a small sample of the whisky to remember their trip which is great, but I always prefer something a little more substantial. Pouring your own is enjoyable and sometimes nerve-racking with a busload of tourists gazing as you go through the process. Some distilleries such as Glenfiddich have a machine to assist you in the process, whereas Deanston rely on the traditional tap and keep it simple.
I’m going to try and experience these bottles as and when I can only my travels during 2014. First up is Deanston, a distillery I’ve visited on numerous occasions and one that I believe is heading in the right direction. Overlooked by many, this peaceful producer is starting to create some marvellous whiskies and establish its own identity. They offer a couple of distillery exclusives including the marvellous Spanish Oak and the 2013 Festival Edition, as I already own these I wanted to complete the hat-trick.