Whisky making is somewhat of an art in Scotland where this alcoholic beverage is considered a great source of national pride. With distilling dating back as far as 1494, whisky making is very much engrained in Scottish tradition and it is little wonder that some of the best whiskies are thought to be produced in this wild and rugged land. On Trafalgar’s Best of Scotland guided holiday guests will visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a Cultural Insight tour and tasting session that is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart!
Originating from the Gaelic language to mean ‘water of life’, Irish Whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe and is still enjoyed all of across the world into the present day. Where better to enjoy a taste of this silky smooth spirit than in Dublin’s famous Temple Bar where traditional Irish bars and pubs can be found around every turn. On Trafalgar’s Enchanting Emerald Isle enjoy free time to explore this lively area of this fair city.
The origin of America’s home grown Bourbon whisky is a point of dispute with some saying the name was inspired by Bourbon County in Kentucky and others claim the name was derived from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The spirit, made mainly from corn, has been distilled since the 18th century, and although it is distributed throughout the United States, it is more closely associated with America’s South. On Trafalgar’s 10-day Tastes and Sounds of the South guided holiday, guests can venture out and sample the authentic American whisky along with delicious Southern cuisine as they travel through Nashville, Memphis, Natchez and New Orleans.
In the United States, rye whisky is made from at least 51 % rye and is aged in oak barrels. Originally prevalent in the north-eastern states, particularly Pennsylvania, Maryland and Pittsburgh, rye whisky largely disappeared during prohibition and has only recently started to undergo a phenomenal revival. The bolder taste of rye whisky compared to that of Bourbon has helped the drink expand in popularity especially at cocktail bars where bartenders can use rye whisky to add more flavour to their drinks. Rye whisky was commonly manufactured by President George Washington at his Virginia estate, and can be experienced by travellers on Trafalgar’s East Coast USA and Canada guided holiday.