Scotland is not only famous for its whiskies. It is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife. As much as it is a destination for whisky tourists, the country attracts at least at much bird and deer spotters.
Numerous distilleries carry one of Scotland's famous animals in their logo: the deer. Others take pride in the river and its inhabitants or the eagles living nearby. Let's have a look at some of the more famous ones.
GlenfiddichThe world's best selling single malt Glenfiddich is easily identified by the deer on the label.
The reason for the stag in its logo is fairly obvious. Glenfiddich means "Valley of the deer" in Scottish Gaelic.
The DalmoreThe 12-pointed Royal Stag emblem came in use at The Dalmore Distillery with a change of ownership in 1857. Two members of the Clan Mackenzie, Andrew and Charles Mackenzie succeed the distillery's founder Alexander Matheson. They introduced the iconic stag emblem on every bottle of The Dalmore. The clan Mackenzie gained the right to use the 12-pointed Royal Stag as a clan crest when Colin of Kintail saved King Alexander III from a charging stag.
Isle of Arran DistilleryThe only distillery on the Isle of Arran sports a pair of Golden Eagles in its logo. The construction of the distillery in 1994 had to be interrupted a few times because a pair of Golden Eagles built their nest on a cliff nearby. According to an urban legend they flew out over the distillery the day it officially opened in 1995.
The SingletonDiageo's triumvirate of The Singleton Distilleries - being Glen Ord, Glendullan and Dufftown - draw inspiration from the nearby river Spey and the leaping salmons. Not only does the leaping salmon adorn the logo of The Singleton, but a few of the contemporary NAS expressions are also derived from the names of salmon flies.
Other Scotch distilleries and whisky companies with a particular love for animals
Tomatin Cu Bocan
Whyte & Mackay
Gordon & Macphail
Hunter Laing & Co.
Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts Scallywag & Timorous Beastie
The Famous Grouse
Black & White
Flora & Fauna
Arran Machrie Moor
And that's only a quick glance at Scotland. I probably missed out a few others. If we cross the border to Ireland and the United States there are even more animals to be found.