The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet whisky distillery is about 1.5 hours north-west of Aberdeen in a beautiful, rural pocket of the Cairngorms. It’s surrounded by forests, rivers, hills, and farmland.

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The buildings are black in this next photo because the whisky production process attracts microorganisms causing it to go black. A fungus – Baudoinia compniacensis – feeds on the ethanol which evaporates from ageing barrels of whisky. It’s sometimes referred to as distillery fungus and is also found around brandy and vodka distilleries. The tell-tale blackened trees made it easy for tax collectors in the 19th century to find illegal distilleries.

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This is the Old Bridge of Livet, a 16th century stone bridge which originally had three arches. One of the arches was washed away in floods in the 19th century. That’s a dusting of snow on the ground. We’re expecting more overnight.

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