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Issue 18 - From hacks to hospitality (The Scotsman Hotel)

Whisky Magazine Issue 18
September 2001


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From hacks to hospitality (The Scotsman Hotel)

Tom Bruce-Gardyne visits the heart of Edinburgh and a new luxury hotel that has taken over the former home of Scotland's national newspaper – The Scotsman Hotel

Whisky, that pre-eminent social lubricant and loosener of tongues, has always played a key role in journalism. Countless indiscretions have slipped out over an evening dram to reappear in print the morning after – suitably spiced up for the gossip column.

A drop of the hard stuff has no doubt often helped steady an Editor's nerve in the midst of a circulation war or when a big story is breaking in the dead of night. So it is only right and proper that the new Scotsman Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh, which for 95 years housed one of Scotland's top newspapers, should dedicate its bar to Scotch whisky. Not content with the usual Macallans, Glenlivets and Laphroaigs you would expect in a five star hotel, The Scotsman has selected no less than 399 of Scotland's finest malts.

With one last puff on their cigarettes the journalists at The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Evening News decamped to new offices at Holyrood to await the delayed arrival of their neighbour – the new Scottish parliament. For a brief moment the building, described as “the most magnificent newspaper building in the world” when it opened in 1904, fell silent allowing the ghosts of printers past to wander the eleven floors in peace. Then the builders moved in and The Scotsman's imposing baroque façade, that rears up above the North Bridge to look down on Waverley Station, disappeared behind scaffolding. In May of this year, two years and £19.5 million since the revamp began, Scotland's latest ...

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