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Travel Log

Summer Tours 2017

Jose Luis and friends from Florida
Jo and Doug from USA
Lisa and her family from USA
Stan and Carla from Canada
Jo and Doug from USA
Lisa and her family from USA
Heath and Linda from USA
John and Sheree from USA
Patrice and her friends from USA
Heath and Linda from USA
John and Sheree from USA
Patrice and her friends from USA
Steve and Jennifer and friends from Canada
Jim and Megan from UK enjoying a private tasting at Benromach
David and his father from USA
Steve and Jennifer and friends from Canada
Jim and Megan from UK enjoying a private tasting at Benromach
David and his father from USA

Early Summer Tours 2017

Jose Luis and friends from Florida
Vivek and Vidya from USA
Mike and Nadia from USA - 3 day tour
Jose Luis and friends from Florida
Vivek and Vidya from USA
Mike and Nadia from USA - 3 day tour
Peter and Tina from Germany
Manu and friends from USA
Brazilian group of 11 on a three day tour
Peter and Tina from Germany
Manu and friends from USA/div>
Brazilian group of 11 on a three day tour

Springtime Tours 2017

Matt and Aaron from Canada
Michelle and her colourful friends from USA
Libby and her friends from USA
Matt and Aaron from Canada
Michelle and her colourful friends from USA
Libby and her friends from USA
Claire from Australia
Russ and friends from USA
Alexey and Lihya from Russia
Claire from Australia
Russ and friends from USA
Alexey and Lihya from Russia
Urac and Sebnem from Turkey
Urac and Sebnem from Turkey

A bit of a departure from whisky tours - Balmenach Distillery now incorporates the Carounn Gin Distillery which was a port of call on tour with Yura san from Tokyo

Carounn Gin Distillery
Carounn Gin Distillery

Nice day touring Speyside distilleries with Dorianne and her three friends from Canada - seen here at the Macallan tasting.

Dorianne & Friends
Dorianne & Friends

Beautiful April weather for our whisky tour with Richard and his father from Switzerland - seen here at the 16th century Packhorse Brig near Glenlivet.

Richard & Father
Richard & Father

A lively three day all encompassing tour with Chad, Cara and Ryan from Nevada “ Dear Derek, just wanted to say thank you for creating memories I will enjoy and talk about for the rest of my life. You are an amazing person and very humble. I am thankful to have met you and hope I will be able to in the future - Chad

Cara and Ryan from Nevada
Cara and Ryan from Nevada

Autumn Tours
Sue and Robert visited from Hawaii and based themselves in Ballater. We enjoyed two days of touring which not only covered distilleries but also Balmoral castle. Seen here enjoying a dram near Braemar.

“Thank you so much for your time, expertise and hospitality, we love what we have seen so far. Derek, Robert learned so much more about Scotch and Scotch production and is eager to go home and try what he has learned. We wish you the best in your tour business - you are a great ambassador of Scotland and the Scotch industry - Much Aloha - Robert and Sue ”

Sue and Robert
Sue and Robert

Renato and Chris also travelled a long way from Brazil but enjoyed our cold but sunny November weather. Seen here at Glenfiddich Distillery, one of five distilleries visited over a two day tour.

Renato and Chris at the Glenfiddich Distillery Escorted Car
Renato and Chris

A very busy summer in Speyside
Here is a selection of my guests who I have enjoyed showing beautiful Speyside and its distilleries in super weather over August and September. click on the small image to display a larger image “Thanks Derek - we really enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot" Mark & Linda, Los Angeles

Dorota and her husband said:
Dear Derek, We wanted to thank you for the fantastic whisky tour we experienced with you in August. Your tremendous knowledge of all facets of whisky, the Speyside, Scottish history and more is truly outstanding and combined with your humble personality make you a true gem of a guide. It was a real privilege and we highly recommend that any whisky lover should try to share it at least once in a lifetime!


Early July 2016
Well travelled friends Teddie and Karen from USA visited Scotland for a few days, and I was able to give them a taste of Speyside in one day. Glenlivet , Cragganmore, Highland Cattle and Findhorn Bay were among the stopping off points.

Tddie and Karen on their Malt Whisky Distillery Tour of SPeyside

“ Thanks !! it was a great tour. We had a good time and learned a lot. Derek is a great guide. Highly recommend this tour”  Teddie Bridget Proctor.

“Fabulous day out!. I could not complement or recommend Derek enough. Thanks Derek ! - Karen Ann.


Late June 2016

Peter and Matt USA sPEYSIDE wHISKY  tOUR


Had a good day with Peter and Matt from USA. Visited Cragganmore, Glenfarclas, then onto Glenfiddich. "We had a blast" - was their parting comment.


Ian and Hamish - Canada
Early June I had a "grand tour of Scotland" with Ian and Hamish from Canada. This was much further afield that my normal territory, however it was a great adventure. From Glasgow to Islay, Oban, Skye, Speyside and return via Dalwhinnie - six action packed days.

Speyside Whisky Distillery Escorted Car
Escorted Whisky Distillery Car Tours speyside
Escorted Whisky Distillery Car Tours speyside
Ian and Hamish at Laphroaig, Islay
Enjoying a dram at Eillen Donan Castle on route to Talisker, Skye
Derek thanks Hamish at the last distillery - Dalwhinnie

"Interested in whisky and wishing for travel to a magical space?

‘SpeysideWhiskyExperience.com’ has a solution which coddles you through the best of this Scottish side of the world, refreshing every step of the way. Relishing an occasional tipple to contemplate the merits of a peaty Islay or a mellow Speyside, Derek Hancock (former Export Manager of Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin, Scotland) after more than 40 years in the whisky business, showed us the way. Six days in company with Derek flashed by as we put up our feet and sampled our way through some of the world‘s finest single malts. Met at the grey dawn in Glasgow arrivals and whisked into the Highlands, Derek‘s encyclopedic knowledge of whiskies concomitant with his easy personality matched our needs and exceeded every expectation for our wonderful Scottish venture. Highly Recommended! Father & Son - Ian & Hamish Cowan - June 2016."


Lily from Vancouver
Mid June I had a full day touring with Lily from Vancouver. We visited the Gordon & Macphail shop, Strathisla, Glendronach and Fyvie Castle.

Speyside Whisky Distillery Escorted Car
Lily at Strathisla

GluGlu2000 Whisky Club
Late April to coincide with the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Mauro Leone and members of his "GluGlu2000" Whisky Club from Como, Italy arrived in Speyside for a few days as part of a longer tour. By the way, GluGlu refers to the sound of whisky being poured from a bottle ( in English we would say glug glug ! ).
Mauro had put together a long list of distillery visits, including an interesting section "Chasing Ghosts" when we visited the sites of long lost distilleries and had a dram of that whisky on the site ( imagine us in the car park of a Co-op store in Inverness - Glen Albyn )
Distilleries visited included Clynelish ( and Brora ), Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Dallas Dhu, Dalmunach ( special arrangement ), Ballindalloch, Auchroisk ( SOSWF Dinner ).
We also paid homage to quite a few others by having a dram and a special biscuit made in Italy to match each distillery style in the car park or previous site - Royal Brackla, Teaninich, Balblair, Invergordon, Glen Albyn, Glen Mhor, Millburn, Benrinnes, Glenallachie, Craigellachie, Caperdonich. Quite a list !
PS - I only had the biscuit

Speyside Whisky Distillery Escorted Car
Escorted Whisky Distillery Car Tours speyside
The group at a chilly Clynelish Distillery ( and Brora )
Derek thanks Mauro at Glen Ord Distillery

For more information see www.gluglu200.it


Waldhaus am See Hotel in St Moritz

In early May I was happy to welcome a group of four from the hotel Waldhaus am See in St Moritz, Switzerland. This hotel includes one of the world's top whisky bars - The Devil's Place, which has entries in the Guiness Book of Records as having the biggest selection of single malts. The current General Manager and owner, Sandro Bernasconi with his deputy Felix and two key staff wanted an in-depth insight into the Speyside Distilleries which they offer at the hotel. I was pleased to oblige with information and visits to Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, Glen Grant, Benromach and the Speyside Cooperage. In between visits they enjoyed lunches and dinners at the Mash Tun, Aberlour , Glenfiddich cafe and The Drouthy Cobbler pub in Elgin.

Speyside Whisky Escorted Car Tour glenlivet distillery Scotland
Scottish Whisky Tours VIP visit to Glen Grant Speyside
The group at Glenlivet Distillery
A special treat of a VIP visit to the "secret whisky safe" in Glen Grant gardens.
Malt Whisky Distillery Escorted Tours Benromach Distillery SPeyside
Speyside Whisky Distillery Escorted Car Tours Scotland
Derek says thanks to Sandro at Benromach Distillery
To finish off the tour we enjoyed a dram at the coast ( Findhorn Bay )

For more information see www.waldhaus-am-see.ch

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