Allow us to take half a step away from whisky, and highlight a mysterious label that appears to show a Scottish whisky distillery selling vodka to Russia. We don't know if this 'coals to Newcastle' situation reached the market commercially, as the label was found in the label specimen book of M. Risk and Sons Ltd rather than on an actual bottle. Here it is, with the translation below.<
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News of a distillery on fire captures the attention, in a twisted kind of way. Imagining the sounds of buckling metal and exploding casks, or the smells of 700,000 gallons of burning whisky tends to bring out the rubbernecker in all of us. This seems to be the case when North of Scotland Distillery in Aberdeen went up in flames, and there seems to have been money in it.
Taking a slight departure in our series of whisky artefacts let's look at the marketing of the most popular whisky mixer at the turn of the last century.
Most whisky books will tell you the success of Scotch whisky in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was largely built on the mixed drink, whisky and soda. There is little time in such histories to tell the ta
The postcard below is full of the confidence of a business flushed with success. Carts loaded with whisky stretch the length of Waterloo St, lined up in front of the company offices of the Glasgow blenders Wright and Greig Ltd. Producers of Roderick Dhu blend, they also owned Dallas Dhu distillery at this time, and had even added the word ‘Dhu’ to the distillery name to link it to their f
The distillery we now know as Brora was originally named Clynelish, so it is easy to confuse it with the modern distillery of the same name (more info here). Newspaper adverts give a fascinating insight to the past exportation of whisky, built on the framework of shipping established by the Brit
The ‘What is Whisky?’ debate of the late 19th and early 20th Century was a public and legal dispute seen as a watershed moment on the journey to the modern definition of whisky. The discussion was varied, at times heated, and the path to setting the terms of whisky as we know it was not a foregone conclusion. Some of the topics debated in court, newspapers and medical journals were:<
As well as old bottles of whisky, we have a particular love and affection for objects and documents from the whisky industry's past, so we are going to share these with you in a new series. We are not historians so will limit our analysis and conjecture, but hope that the dusty ephemera we choose delights or at least intrigues you.
Let's start small, with matchbooks, which were an imp
Is there a more misunderstood food than the noble haggis? A simple food born from frugality that made sure nothing went to waste. These days it’s seen more as something to have on a special occasion here in Scotland, most notably on Burn’s night. It was with that in mind we set out on a simple mission – to find out what you should drink with your haggis.