Top Distilleries to Visit in the United Kingdom
- STEFFI JOSEPH
- Jul 13, 2016
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If you are a fan of distilled spirits, there are only few things more exciting than slowly sipping
your poison and enjoying its flavor - one such thing is visiting the place where your whiskey,
or rum, or gin is made.
Making your gin with botanical ingredients, or enjoying the distillation process or touring the
cask rooms is not a dream. A tour to these top distilleries of UK is sure to make your
1. The Glenfiddich Distillery
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If Scotch whiskey is your firewater, a tour to Glenfiddich Distillery will be the highlight to all
of your getaways. Established in 1886, it is one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the UK.
Admire the gigantic stills that produce 10 million litres of the spirit in a year and the
warehouse where the alcohol is aged in oak casks. The tutored tasting of the four single
malts will blow your mind away making you an even bigger fan of the brand.
Address: Dufftown, Banffshire AB55 4DH, United Kingdom
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30AM-4PM
2. Beefeater London: The Home of Gin
After their inauguration in 1829, it didn’t take long for the Beefeater to become one of the
most popular distilleries in London. The distillery has a very informative self-directed tour
taking you through the history of gin, which can be taken at your own pace. The other tour is
a guided tour that is wrapped up by a tasting of the finest gin and tonics.
Warning: It’s almost impossible to not want to buy a couple of extra bottles of the The
Beefeater Garden Gin and Borrough Gin (a cask aged gin).
Address: 20 Montford Pl, London SE11 5DE, United Kingdom
Open Hours: Mon-Sat 10Am-6PM (Sundays Closed)
3. The Black Friars Distillery
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Don’t be surprised if we tell you that the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night here before
starting the legendary journey to the US. The Black Friars Distillery is housed in an historic
building and is renowned for distilling the celebrated Plymouth Gin. Take the 90-minute tour
and discover the site where gin is being made since 1793 and create your own with the
super-quality ingredients. Adding to the plus side of the tour, they allow you to take a small
bottle of your creation.
Address: Black Friars Distillery, 60 Southside Street, Plymouth PL1 2LQ, United Kingdom
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 10AM-5PM
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4. London Distillery Company
This boutique distillery started in the early 1900s and is one of the few places that produce
single malt whiskies in London. You can book yourself a tour of the distillery or get yourself a
session in whiskey making (with the only downside that you would have to wait for three
years to taste it). The tour is simply excellent and you will enjoy every bit about knowing
more about the spirits you oh-so enjoy.
Address: 33 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP, United Kingdom
Open Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM (Sat & Sun Closed)
5. Sipsmith Distillery
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Since its inception in 1820, the Sipsmith Distillery is known for the remarkable spirits they
produce. A small factory unit, houses the tour, which starts with a brief history of gin,
followed by Sipsmith’s history before you learn about their traditional methods of preparing
the spirits. The Sipsmith’s aren’t afraid of experimentation and besides their gin and vodka
from their copper stills named Patience, Prudence and Constance; you will taste other sloe-
steeped spirits. Our favourite from the tour remains the Damson vodka.
Address: 83 Cranbrook Rd, London W4 2LJ, United Kingdom
Open Hours: 6:30PM-8PM Mon-Tue-Wed
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6. Devon Distillery
A relatively new distillery, the Devon Distillery has made this list because they’ve got the
experiment game on point. Started by Cosmo Caddy in 2012, this micro-distillery sources
grape skins from the English vineyards and produces a spirit called Dappa that is made using
an authentic Italian copper still. The best part of this tour is that you can see the production
free of charge and taste some of the exotic spirit.
Address: Sigma House Oak View, Near Edginswell Park, Torquay, Devon TQ2 7FF
Open Hours: Subject to change
7. The Talisker Distillery
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With the scenic view of the shores of Loch Harport on one side and some part of the rocky
Cuillins on the other, the Tailsker distillery tour will always have a special place in our heart.
The smoky-sweet Talisker single malt is produced in five copper stills and you can watch the
process and have a guide explain the complexities of the liquor to you. While you are there
stock up on some of the scotch and some other isle and Spey whiskies. The mere £8 tour is
super informative and a highly enriching experience.
Address: Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8SR, United Kingdom
Open Hours: 9:30AM-5PM Mon-Sat (Sunday Closed)
8. East London Liquor Company
As the name suggests, the place is a paradise for an alcohol enthusiast. With their distilleries
producing vodka, gin, whiskey and rum in the prior glue factory in Bow Wharf. Taste
exquisite samples of their sweet poisons and get creative bartenders to mix you some
delightful cocktails. Besides the bartender’s signature shake-move the gleaming distilleries in
the background also makes for a good view.
Address: Unit GF1, 221 Grove Rd, London E3 5SN, United Kingdom
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 12-11:30PM
9. Penderyn Distillery
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The only distillery in Wales, the Penderyn distillery is situated in the Brecon Beacons
National Park. Besides the scenic beauty of the place we are absolute fans of the cream
liqueurs they produce. You can take a tour of the distillery and have an insight into the
making of the other renowned spirits of gin and vodka. Before retiring to the tasting room,
don’t forget to visit the exhibition on the history of Welsh whiskey and the distillation and
cask aging processes. We recommend you take the in depth whiskey master class tour to
compare the whiskies of the world.
Address: Pontpren, Penderyn CF44 0SX, United Kingdom
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30-6PM
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10. Shake, Rattle & Stir
With London being a gin city, there are few places that organize a rum distillery tour; Shake,
Rattle & Stir organizes one and how! Your guide will assist you on your tour to the five
different bars and at each place you will enjoy a tasting session that helps you soak in all the
other information about the history of rum and the intricate process of its production. This
trip will definitely be a good value for your money.
Address: 13 Long Street Workshop 5, London E2 8HN, England
Tip: Book Ahead Of Time
While each distillery has its own charm, there are only a few that provide an exceptional
experience. If you haven’t booked a tour to any of the above, now would be a good time!
We assure you, these places will surely get your spirits high!