Strathearn Distillery is open to the public, but doesn't have a visitor centre. They are however happy to receive visitors by appointment - so please phone first to see if it is convenient. See website for more details.
Distillery built on farm, which the distillery hopes will one day grow the barley for the distillery. They describe themselves as probably the smallest distillery in Scotland. They do everything on a very small scale, with minimal mechanical help - let alone computers! The malt store is a pile of sacks of grist; the washbacks have no switcher to keep the foam down, but they can be cooled using a water jacket. The water used for distilling is from the tap! The wash is about 12%, and the low wines about 33%. The distilled spirit drains into a bucket and is then transferred to a larger receiver by hand. The stills were made in Portugal.
They have experimented with peated malt, and triple distillation.
The preferred casks for maturation are 50 litre virgin oak casks - filled at 58% to get the sweeter notes from the casks.
Too new for Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk
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Maps: Open Cycle Bing Nearby: Glenturret, Tullibardine
Road to distillery is off the A85, 2 miles from Methven (no sign at the end of the road - signs are for Bachilton and Strathearn Eventing - see below). There's also access from the South via a rough track from the Tibbermore - Balgowan road.
Nearest station (9 miles) - Perth (PTH) (Live Train Times)
No regular bottlings of whisky yet, the inital release has sold out. They also sell Uisge Bheatha - 28 day to 6 month old spirit aged in small Cherry, Chestnut, Acacia, Apple, Pear and Mulberry casks (see below)!
They have also produced gin, vodka, cider brandy and calvados.
Nearest bike shops and services in Perth:
Perth City Cycles 42 Princes St 01738 639346
JM Richards 44 George Street 0871 974 8592
The Bike Station Unit 11, Mid Friarton Business Park 01738 444430
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Strathearn Distillery will be available on Flickr.