Glen Ord Distillery

Glen Ord Distillery lies about 13 miles north of Inverness in an area perfect for growing barley. It was built in 1838 on a site with associated with illicit distilling.  Glen Ord was being sold in places like Singapore in the late 1800’s. It’s a hard to find whisky in the UK as most production still goes to the Asian market.

Glen Ord has its own maltings. After the barley is cut it needs to be prepared for the distillation process by malting it. This is a cycle of wetting and drying the barley to fool it into thinking it’s springtime in order for it to germinate. This converts starches to the sugar required for the fermentation process. In the past this process was done by hand and it was laborious work, expensive and results could vary. Industrial maltings such as the one at Glen Ord are able to produce malt at much higher quantities and to quite exact specifications. Indeed Glen Ord supplies other distilleries including Talisker on Skye. There are a small number of distilleries with a traditional malting floor.

Glen Ord Distillery Tours

There are a number of Glen Ord tours available including the The Glen Ord Tasting Tour (£12) which ends with a tasting from the core range. There is also the chance to tour the distillery maltings on The Grain to Glass Tour (£100) includes seeing the Drum Maltings followed by a distillery tour. Then a Glen Ord core range tasting with the addition of Teaninich, Clynelish and Talisker. Glen Ord supplies the malt for these distilleries.

Where next?

Glen Ord is situated on an area called the Black Isle. It’s one of the closest whisky distilleries to Inverness with a visitor centre. It’s about 15 miles north of Inverness while Tomatin Distillery lies about 16 miles south. 

These distilleries are often options in Highland Whisky Tours operated by bus or private whisky guides. Other distilleries nearby include Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Balblair.

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