This year has been designated Scotland’s ‘year of stories’, celebrating the tales and memories that reflect who we are, and shape how others see us.
We thought that would be an opportunity to dig into the rich tradition of whisky story-telling, and gathered contributions from two Scottish musicians, story-tellers – and whisky lovers.
First up is Hamish Napier, a musician from Strathspey in the heart of Scotland’s whisky country. He is also one of the storytellers for Badenoch Heritage, a community group that promotes tourism in the area through its rich cultural heritage – including its history of whisky production.
Hamish has kindly provided us with two stories from the Badenoch – the Storylands project, which are all available from badenochstorylands.com, where you can also download the Storylands app to unlock the area’s fascinating history, local stories and inspiring music. Hamish has also supplied music from his album The Woods.
From Speyside, we travel to Islay to hear the tale of the White Horse, told by Whisky Bard, musician and SMWS Tasting Panel chair, Robin Laing – with music supplied by Robin himself.
Finally, Robin heads to the Highlands – for the story of the Dalmore, King Alexander the Third – and why the Royal Stag came to adorn that distillery's bottlings.
Put your headphones on, pour yourself a Society dram, and enjoy!