The experts will tell us that when it comes to whisky, there are only four primary tastes but 32 primary smells. They’re detected by the Olfactory Epithelium located at the back of our noses which have a direct link to the brain. But no need to be blinded by science; the important thing is that the flavour is a combination of smell AND taste, so you’ll certainly be sipping and savouring a drop of the good stuff if you opt for a weekend break on the whisky trail.
Check out www.maltwhiskytrail.com for details of ‘the only malt whisky trail in the world’. Head for Speyside where you’ll find over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries and can smell AND taste the final product and learn about blending whisky and malt. The trail includes seven working distilleries from Glen Moray to Strathisla, home of Chivas Regal. It’s fun to visit at anytime of year, but there’s a whisky festival in September with ceilidhs, general partying and welcoming drams of the local super-tipple on offer.
Speyside really is seriously ‘up north’ so the easiest way to get there is to take a flight to Aberdeen and hire a car. Low fares are available on BA, easyJet and Ryanair from many UK airports.