If tasting the local tipple is a big part of your travel plans, why not join a tour to see the sights while you enjoy the drinks? Tasting tours and bar crawls are fun ways to spend a day, but some tours go above and beyond the ordinary, leading you through beautiful surroundings to soak in some local culture while you soak up the beer (or wine, or rum, or whatever may be on the menu). From self-guided excursions around the countryside to perfectly organized island tours, check out these one-of-a-kind tastings that bring together the best local flavors in an unforgettable setting.
Whiskey tour of Islay
Single malt regions of Scotland are distinct, and while each offers a beautifully complex palate, Islay is arguably the most unique flavor among them. Sitting off Scotland’s west coast, the perfectly rugged island of Islay is its own “microclimate” of terrain, tradition, and community: think complex whiskeys filled with peat smoke aromas and salty Atlantic undertones, paired with charming local hospitality. One reason to choose a whiskey tour of Islay over another region is the sheer saturation of whiskey houses – you can easily fit a tour of the island’s eight distilleries in a few days, with windswept beaches and Gaelic ruins serving as your backdrop.