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Whisky Extras - History

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Gangsters, guns and the real McCoy
Tom Bruce-Gardyne traces the history of Berry Bros. and Rudd through Prohibition, a period that saw the birth of one of themost famous blends in the world, Cutty Sark.

February 2001, Issue 14, page 32

Having the last laugh
Ian R Mitchell tells the story of the Macraes of Monar, illicit whisky distillers

July 2005, Issue 49, page 58

Malice in the mix
A book on the great Glasgow whisky scandal of 1872 is set to be republished.According to Ian Buxton,it makes essential reading

October 2005, Issue 51, page 52

Northern lights
There's a noble tradition of whisky making in Canada based on the superb qualtiy of its grain. Kathleen Sloan and Ted Mcintosh pay tribute to a unique spirit.

June 2000, Issue 10, page 60

Quenching the thirst for exploration
Scott Longman recalls the tale of two 19th century heroes who, when requested to do so by the President, pushed back the frontiers of America – with the help of 120 gallons of whiskey

November 2001, Issue 19, page 52

Saints and sinner
Robin Laing delves in to the historical connections between the country's saints and the water of life

November 2006, Issue 60, page 52

Splitting Wick
For a quarter of a century the Northern port of Wick had no licensed premises. Dominic Roskrowreports on the bitter feud that divided the town.

June 2008, Issue 72, page 20

Taking the pledge
Ian Mitchell charts the rise and fall of the Temperance movement in Scotland.

April 2009, Issue 79, page 21

The crazy world of James Grant
With Glen Grant up for sale it's timely to look at the man behind the distillery. Iain Russell reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 48

The deil's awa wi th' exciseman
Gaugers were the hated excisemen who hounded whisky smugglers in the 18th and early 19th century. And Malcolm Gillespie was one of the most wretched and tragic of all. Ian R Mitchell tells his story

June 2006, Issue 56, page 40

The forgotten blend
Tynron is a sleepy Scottish town and it once had its own whisky. Dave McFadzean goes in search of this unusual blend

November 2005, Issue 52, page 67

The missing link
The recent Pernod Ricard-Allied deal reunited two great whisky names. But they were linked once before by whisky entrepreneur Jimmy Barclay. Iain Russell reports

November 2005, Issue 52, page 48

The one that got away
Ian R Mitchell tells some tales of the Donside illicit whiskymakers.

July 2007, Issue 65, page 58

The strange case of Capone's whisky
Leon Schoyan's whisky find was every diver's dream. Jim Leggett reports on how Prohibition era Scotch found its way back home

September 2005, Issue 50, page 52

The strange case of the Bothy Still
Gavin D Smith looks at how Diageo's forerunners flirted with the idea of launching a ‘boutique' distillery based on an illegal operation – and how it ended up on the shelf

October 2003, Issue 34, page 48

War, Washington Whiskey
Riannon Walsh uncovers the work of archaeologists rebuilding an important piece of American, and whiskey, history- the distillery owned by George Washington, celebrated General and the first President

April 2001, Issue 15, page 38

Who's a pretty ploy then?
The Pattison brothers could have taught media guru Max Clifford a thing or two about promotion.They even used parrots to promote their whisky. Ian Buxton reports

November 2005, Issue 52, page 52

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