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Whisky Galore

Our last day in Killin was spent visiting the Dewar Distillery in Aberfeldy. It had been raining all night, everywhere was running water and the skies were still full of it so there was nothing for it but to raise our spirits with - well spirit!

As we had '2 for the price of 1' entry tickets for the tour of the distillery which included 'a wee dram' it promised to be a bargain treat.

Jim and I have visited many distilleries during our holidays in Scotland but I always seem to forget how whisky is produced. We have been to the smallest (Edradour in Pitlochry), the highest at Dalwhinnie and Blair Athol which is one of the oldest. We like whisky.

The tour in Dewars is particularly good as they have an excellent museum and a short film explaining the beginnings of the Dewar company. The distillery grew prosperous due to the efforts of two brothers, John and Thomas, sons of the founder John Dewar.

Thomas Dewar (Tommy) was in charge of sales and marketing and he travelled the globe spreading the good word of Dewars whisky by his charm and wit. He was skilled as a writer and speaker, publishing several books and was popular as an after-dinner speaker. His speeches included sharp little epigrams of his own devising known as 'Dewarisms'

I am going to give you examples of these 'Dewarisms' during the next few days and begin with this one:

'Footprints in the sands of time are not made by sitting down'

Posted at 14th Oct 2012 - 11:35AM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   Whisky Galore Comments: 9

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Vic's Avatar We like a whisky or two in this house, but I've never been to a distillery! Whisky Galore is a great film too.

Posted by: Vic on 14th Oct 2012 at 12:18PM

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Faith's Avatar We went to Talisker on Skye - amazing smell all around the distillery, you could almost taste the whisky. I like whisky tooVery Happy

Posted by: Faith on 14th Oct 2012 at 12:43PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I am the anathema that is a Highlander that can't stand WhiskyRolling Eyesbut I do like a tour round a distillery... just a pity we don't make Brandy instead!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 14th Oct 2012 at 04:09PM

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Camilla's Avatar Good to see you back Rosie, ah Whiskey, I like a small wee dram myself too.Very Happy do love the fine malt whiskey.

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Oct 2012 at 04:09PM

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Camilla's Avatar Whisky without the 'e that is.!

Posted by: Camilla on 14th Oct 2012 at 04:10PM

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Fennie's Avatar Anyone who wants to tour a distillery and learn about whisky can visit the Highland Park site - just Google Highland Park. No Dewarisms but they do a lot in Orkney (whence comes HP) that other distilleries don't do. The videos are excellent.

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Oct 2012 at 08:52PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar But no 'wee dram'!

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 14th Oct 2012 at 09:20PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Love Highland Park Whisky although not really a whiskey drinker and believe it or not I have never actually been round a distillery - I can't see the fascination - so maybe I should go as I could be missing out big time.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Oct 2012 at 09:46AM

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Salle de Bain's Avatar My dad loved to tour the Scottish distilleries...he was a real fan and connossieur....collected bottles of good Scottish Malts. Over here we call it 'Ischabaha'....'Water of Life'. Been to Bushmill's but not to any Scots ones....hopefully soon!

Nothing like a glass of the old 'Ishca' whilst sitting in front of the fire enjoying the craic.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 15th Oct 2012 at 04:54PM

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