Maybe also I was a little lucky to have Frank MCHardy (Manager) doing the tour but all I can say is WELL DONE all at Springbank!!
Very imformative and good fun, and a superb REAL distilerry.
I would love to hear comments on other tours.
Glengoyne - very poor
Bruichladdie - Good
Arran - Okay tour, nice Cafe.
Ardbeg (not J. Thompson) - Not good
Lets your YOUR comments
Aberfeldy/Dewars is better than Famous grouse although Grouse has an excellent restauraunt . Strathisla is original as well.
Glenkinchie is very good as you can get tastes of all the other whiskies in their portfolio.
Glen Moray is good if you go with some pals as you can get tastes of 3 different whiskies.
To the matter in hand... I can say with authority that, instead of the chill filtration much disliked single malt aficionados, Ardbeg is now filtered through the old rags once used to bung the casks. This must surely impart the exquisite flavours you discern and so accurately describe. Of course, like sherry casks, cloth bungs are in short supply in the industry. In recent times, I believe, several old pairs of socks belonging to the Thompsons have been utilised in their place. Let us hope that this does not have a detrimental effect on the traditional character of this fine dram.
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