This series is about how I combined my passion for technology with my new found passion for whisky. The culmination of which is a mobile app called iLounge. A little more than a year ago, I travelled to Scotland to learn more about whisky. The selection of single malts in Hong Kong is quite limited and variety can only be found in higher end F&B establishments. It was a mind opening trip not only in terms of the exposure to the myriad of single malt expressions but also seeing first hand the care and pride that goes into creating a good dram.
My trip began in Edinburgh at the Scotch Whisky Experience. It’s a good place to start as it gives n00bs like myself a general introduction to how whisky is made. The experience entails a mechanized ride that takes you through the various stages of whisky production. You also get to see the world’s largest collection of whisky bottles. And of course the all important whisky tasting where you learn about the whisky producing regions and their taste characteristics. After the experience you can stop by their store and buy a bottle or two.
After the overview from the SWE I was ready the next day for my first distillery tour. Time was a limiting factor so I wasn’t able to go too far up north. So I finally settled on visiting the very picturesque Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry. The distillery is a 1-2 hours train ride from central Edinburgh and short cab ride from Pitlochry Station to the distillery doors. The moment I laid eyes on Edradour’s quaint white washed buildings surrounded by picturesque countryside I knew I had picked the right one. Stay tuned for more in the next post about the Edradour Distillery.