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  • Auctioneer Position – Royal Mile Whisky Auctions

    Interested in joining our team in an exciting new venture?

    Royal Mile Whiskies is pleased to announce that we are looking for a highly motivated individual to take on the position of Auctioneer for our new venture –

    Royal Mile Whisky Auctions

     

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  • Whisky Artefacts #7 - Aberdeen Distillery on Fire, September 27th 1904

    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.
     

  • Whisky Artefacts #6 - Soda for Whisky Drinkers With Gouty or Rheumatic Tendencies

    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

  • Whisky Artefacts #5 - Linlithgow Still from 1797, With a Secret

    This still was in the ownership of Mr William Glen of Mains, Linlithgow with a licensed capacity of 52 gallons (roughly 236 litres).
     
     

  • Whisky Artefacts #4 - Record Shipments to Canada, April 1914

    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

  • Whisky Artefacts #3 – Clynelish (Brora) Newspaper Ads, 19th & Early 20th Century

    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

  • Whisky Artefacts #2 – New Zealand Truth Newspaper Article, April 20th 1907

    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:

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  • Whisky Artefacts #1 - Matchbooks

    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

  • Haggis and Whisky Matching

    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.

     

     

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