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Edinburgh’s Port of Leith a Distilling History

The Port of Leith From the late 13th century until 1707 when it was overtaken by Glasgow, Leith was not only Edinburgh’s port it was the gateway to Scotland and Scotland’s busiest port. Indeed well into the twentieth century Leith ships traded with the Baltic, the Low Countries, France, America and the Mediterranean, carrying coal, Continue reading..

Thorner is really the centre of the universe!

Having provoked quite a lot of discussion re James Anderson being the Father of American whisky thought only best to follow that with another contentious remark statement…there are those who like to differ but as we know every statement is an observation from an individual perspective… A new friend of ours met on the Food Continue reading..

George Washington’s distillery manager

James Anderson was born in 1745 and grew up on his father’s farm, at Pittadro, across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh a mile or so from Royal Burgh of Inverkeithing, Scotland next door to us at Spencerfield. At the age of 21, he began an apprenticeship “upon the English border…with a Gentleman, Famous in Continue reading..

New photosets up on Flickr.

When we had a spare moment or two the other evening, we uploaded some new stuff to our ever-growing Flickr photography collection. We’ve got photographs of the shows we’ve been to, pictures of Spencerfield, who we are, lots of shots from our tastings, and of course a whole bunch of the real star of the Continue reading..