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The distillery with a sense of humour

March 2 2019

Angus Dundee Distillers are one of these firms whose importance is in inverse proportion to their coverage in the media. Put simply, it’s a firm you have hardly ever heard of but they are a big player in the industry. Roughly 5% of the whisky that leaves Scotland in bottles or tankers is supplied by them. In a £4 billion-plus industry, we may be talking about £200 million-plus.

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Distilleries are on the must-do tourist list

March 9 2019

As someone who has banged the gong for whisky tourism and urged distilleries to open visitor centres, I’m delighted to see that everyone from the Scotch Whisky Association to VisitScotland is singing from that same hymn sheet.

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Prohibition was a cure worse than the disease

May 25 2019

Aside from several Islamic countries, no nation on earth bans alcoholic drink, and the reason is simple. They have learned the lesson from Prohibition, when the US banned alcoholic drink from 1920-33, arguably the most disastrous policy adopted by a democratic state in modern history – although Brexit may well come to supersede it in the long run...

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Measuring the success of whisky

December 29 2018

I have often pondered, how exactly do you measure the “success” of a whisky, particularly a single malt? For instance, certain whiskies sell zillions of bottles a year worldwide, yet rarely if ever win gold medals or top prizes in whisky and spirits competitions.

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Raising a toast to distillery architect Charles Doig

March 30 2019

Some years ago, I mentioned one of the great, if now largely forgotten, names in the history of Scotch whisky, that of Charles Doig. Born on a farm near Lintrathen and originally employed in an architect’s office in Meigle, he eventually moved to Elgin and became the greatest distillery architect of all time.

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