Our last distillery visit was in between lockdowns when we were able to visit Glen Ord which is west of Inverness in the picturesque village of Muir of Ord, and despite being remote is an easy drive from Inverness and an even easier trip by train with Muir of Ord having its own railway station. It is an easy 5-minute stroll from the station to this large expanse of buildings which includes something unusual for a Malt distillery in Scotland. It has its own maltings which provides the malted barley for Glen Ord and several other distilleries owned by the parent company Diageo. It is an extremely functional building and certainly not built with aesthetics in mind, so no need to take any pictures of this part.
The visitor centre is situated in an extremely attractive Victorian type building which houses an excellent visitor display as well as tasting rooms and a well-stocked shop. Almost all its 12 million litres of alcohol distilled here annually is destined for the Asian market, under the brand name Singleton of Glen Ord. You can pick up a bottle of the 12-year-old at the distillery which is the only place outside Asia where you can purchase this, so another good reason to visit.
Glen Ord offer a variety of tours and I have been fortunate to have been here on at least 15 previous occasions taking around groups of whisky lovers from all corners of the world. As part of these experiences, we were fortunate enough to have a visit to the warehouse included in our tours and sampled a couple of drams drawn straight from bourbon and Sherry casks. They have 2 genuinely nice tasting rooms, one with a viewing window into a warehouse and, all in all a distillery well worth visiting. Oh, and if you join www.malts.com you may well get the basic tour for free if you turn up with your certificate, but please check their T&Cs just in case they have changed.