The smell of malt in the air was tantalizing. We were of all nationalities, tasting the nectar in this otherwise homogeneous little haven. Our guide put two drops of water into our glasses to ‘open the spirit up’. Just 70 miles north of Edinburgh and home to two of Scotland’s most distinctive whiskey distilleries is Pitlochry. Inverness and St. Andrews are only a short drive away. Driving north to Braemer, the heather and stark hills will take you back you centuries. A picture-perfect town, you will never forget the astounding views. Or walking alongside peacocks at the historic Blair Castle.