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Issue 113 - Animal Farm

Whisky Magazine Issue 113
July 2013

 

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Animal Farm

In part three of our series on whisky labels we will take a peek behind Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose

?Both brands were introduced in the 1970s but virtually forgotten at the start of the 21st century. Until a few years ago, when both were firmly given a dusting and successfully rejuvenated by Alex Nicol, founder of Spencerfield Spirits.
Nicol is no newbie in the drinks industry and has worked for Whyte & Mackay, Laphroaig and Glenmorangie, to name a few. At the latter distillery he was co-responsible for the development of the much-lauded wood finishes.
His current headquarters is Spencerfield Farm in Inverkeithing, in the Kingdom of Fife. Its location is a historical one. In the 15th century a fortified tower stood here, given by the Franciscans to a certain mister John Scott. The battle of Inverkeithing was fought around it in 1651, between Royalists and Cromwell's troops. Spencerfield was seriously damaged, not only by continuous bombardments but also by soldiers who had been heavily drinking whisky, after which they “modified” the furniture.
Inverkeithing also happens to be the birthplace of farmer and whisky distiller James Anderson. He left for the USA in the 18th century to try his luck in the New World, where he ended as master distiller under none other than George Washington, first President of the USA. A letter from the latter to the former, written in 1797 testifies to that fact: “A distillery is a business I am entirely unacquainted with, but from your knowledge of it and from the confidence you have in the profit to be derived from the establishment, I a...

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