Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Whisky World Animal Day

Scottish landscapes

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.


Glenfiddich

The 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 Scottisch Gaelic.

Glenfidich single malt whisky


The Dalmore

The 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.

The Dalmore Highland single malt scotch whisky logo
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Isle of Arran Distillery

The 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 openened in 1995.

Isle of Arran distillery


The Singleton

Diageo'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, a few of the contemporary NAS expressions are derived from the names of salmon flies.

The Sigletown


Other Scotch distilleries and whisky companies with a particular love for animals

Glen Elgin

Glen Elgin

Wolfburn

Wolfburn single malt scotch whisky

Tomatin Cu Bocan


Whyte & Mackay

Whyte & Mackay

Gordon & Macphail


Hunter Laing & Co.

Hunter Laing & Company

Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts Scallywag & Timorous Beastie


The Ardmore

The Ardmore

Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder

The Famous Grouse

The Famous Grouse

White Horse

White Horse

Black & White

Black & White

Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

Arran Machrie Moor

Machrie Moor

Black Bull


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. 
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