New 'Whisky Legends' podcast explores a century of Scotch whisky

New 'Whisky Legends' podcast explores a century of Scotch whisky

A. D. Rattray founder Tim Morrison and grandson explore the history and development of the Scotch whisky industry over the past century on new podcast

News | 12 Jun 2023

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A podcast exploring the history, development, and personal stories of the Scotch whisky industry over the past century has been launched by one of its most well-established families.

The 'Whisky Legends' podcast sees Tim Morrison, chairman of the Clydeside Distillery and founder of independent bottler A. D. Rattray, and his grandson and podcast host Andy Maxwell discuss how the Scotch whisky industry has changed since the 1920s.

Morrison's grandfather, William Walker, was a major exporter of blended whiskies in the early 1900s. His father Stanley Morrison joined the business in 1925 as a broker; he went on to set up his own brokering business (which eventually sold Chivas Brothers to Seagrams) and then to buy and grow the Bowmore, Auchentoshan, and Glen Garioch distilleries before their sale to Beam Suntory in the 1990s.

On the podcast, Morrison and Maxwell discuss changes in production, the practicalities of running a distillery, and former and current key players in the single malt whisky category. There are also more personal stories from Morrison's own businesses, including asking the Royal Navy to deliver a new boiler to Bowmore in the 1960s, and when the distillery played host to her late majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Episode content will include the famous whisky families in the mid-20th century, pioneering single malt brands of the 1960s and 1970s, the acquisition of Bowmore and Auchentoshan in the 1980s, and the development of the family's newest venture, the Clydeside Distillery in Glasgow.

Morrison said his grandson, "a hugely enthusiastic whisky lover", had persuaded him to record of his recollection of the industry, including his family's and his own work, through the podcast.

"It has often been remarked by friends and family that I should try to record my memories of my time within the whisky industry," he said. "It has been emphasised that today a loss of knowledge is one of the greatest risks facing our industry, where there is a pressing need to record history from those who have experienced it and played a part in it."

Maxwell said: "Since I was about five years old I have been visiting distilleries on Islay with my grandad and have heard his incredible stories in and outside of whisky my whole life. Now that I love the spirit itself, and everything that goes with it, I thought it would be criminal to let his wealth of knowledge and stories not be heard by others that love whisky."

Listen to the podcast series at linktr.ee/whiskylegends.

View the trailer here:

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