distillery #8: laphroaig. Full tour with tasting. Wow. This is the best. For a change, not only was photography allowed and encouraged, we were able to taste the wash at fermenation -- was like sour, yeasty, beer. At the stills, we could even stick our fingers into the safe while the product was running off for a taste. And to top it off, there was even tasting at cask filling.
The regular tour ended with a dram of regular 10yr. We attended the full tour, with tasting of 4 expressions: the 10yr, 25yr, a festival bottling and the 30yr. And then I also had a tasting of the triple wood.
For any visitor, if you have only time for one distillery tour, this is the one you want. Then go join friends of laphroaig and own a piece of the land.