Whisky Magazine Issue 95
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Our man heads to Derbyshire to find a whisky to match his cake
?Nestle – verb: to lie or be located in a sheltered spot; be naturally or pleasantly situated.
That's what Bakewell does. It is the cat asleep on the crumpled duvet that is the Derbyshire Dales. Within Bakewell the Wee Dram nestles very comfortably in Portland Square, which is a bit like The Trafford Centre, Bluewater or Westfield, but much, much smaller. Size is very much a theme here.
But back to basics, In the 90s Adrian Murray was an accountant from the West Midlands, so how did he get from the depths of the Black Country to running one of the smallest whisky shops?
Adrian and Alison first opened The Wee Dram's doors on 14th March 1998, although it all started a year or so earlier. Gordon Jackson's (in TV's The Professionals) insistence on single malts had raised Adrian's interest and while working in Edinburgh he wandered into the Whisky Shop. Other than feeling at home, the thing that really stood out for him was the display of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice bottlings, stretching down the one side of the shop. At the time there was nowhere in England outside London with such a large range of whiskies. He started to think, why is there nowhere in England with such a great range of whiskies? So with evangelical zeal the crusade to bring whisky to the spiritually barren lands between Watford and Carlisle had begun. The couple felt that it was their duty to bring the Good News of Whisky to the English provinces.
So Alison was working as a personal assistant ...