Our Five Star award winning Acorn to Cask exhibition will take you on a journey through the lifecycle of the cask, where you will see our Coopers at work, still using the traditional methods and tools. Learn what our casks are used for today and see the truly unique and ancient craft of barrel making.
Oak is the only wood that can be used to produce casks for wines and spirits as it prevents seepage and allows the contents to breathe without spoiling the flavour. Each year we make and repair over 100,000 casks – barrels, hogsheads, butts and puncheons.
Exclusive to the Whisky festival, The Master Cooper Tour is a unique opportunity to experience the smells, sounds and sights of our Cooperage.
View our skilled Coopers at work close up and at first hand as they build barrels to exacting standards against the clock.
Your experienced guide, a former Cooper himself, will accompany you through our Cooperage beginning with an informative audio visual presentation followed by a visit to the viewing gallery and an in-depth tour-and-talk explaining the role of the Cooper and the cask making process.
Take a look behind the scenes outside (weather permitting) to try nosing a selection of different casks and learn about the different types.
You will witness our qualified Coopers with their Apprentices to discover how they learn this ancient traditional craft and then the grand finale – the firing of a cask.
After the tour you will be escorted to a reserved area of our barrel-themed coffee shop to enjoy a selection of locally made petit four shortbreads, a dram of our 10 year old malt whisky which is specially bottled for us, served to you in a Speyside Cooperage tasting glass which is yours to keep along with detailed tasting notes.
Please note that there is wheelchair access throughout the visitor centre.