The term ‘Whisky’ comes from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’, (pronounced uishkay vhar), meaning ‘water of life’.
Few products are so closely linked with the environment, culture and people of their country of origin as Scotch whisky. Scotch Malt whisky is usually classified as one of five main categories, Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Islay, and Campbeltown, according to the location of the distillery in which the spirit is made.
While many Malt whisky distilleries bottle some of their production for sale as Single Malt – the product of one distillery, most of the Scotch Whisky consumed today is Blended Scotch Whisky. This means that it can be a blend of as many as 50 different Malt and Grain whiskies, all blended skilfully to maintain consistent quality and flavour.
Scotch Whisky is Scotland’s leading indigenous product and is of major importance to the economy not only of Scotland but of the United Kingdom as a whole. Sold around the world for more than 100 years, Scotch whisky is now established as the leading international spirit drink, making it one of Britain’s most important exports.
There are about 100 well-known brands on the home market and many more are exported, but it would be impossible to count every brand of Scotch whisky marketed. Many of them are sold only locally or to private clubs and individuals.
All the well-known brands on the market are blended by experts of many years’ experience, and indeed as is Amber Glen blended Scotch Whisky and consumers can be confident that in choosing their favourite they are drinking a whisky consistently blended to bring out the best characteristics of the Malt and Grain whiskies of which it is composed.
Amber Glen embodies the flavours and aromas of a time gone by in a celebration of perfection for you to enjoy…
About Scotch Whisky
Distilleries of the UK
Alfred Barnard was secretary of Harper’s Weekly Gazette which was, according to some sources a weekly journal devoted to the British wine and spirit trade. In 1885 Barnard conceived the idea of visiting every working whisky distillery in Great Britain and Ireland with the aim of producing an article about each for the Gazette.
Between 1885 and 1887 accompanied by friends he visited a remarkable 162 distilleries; of which 129 were in Scotland, 29 were in Ireland and 4 were in England. Many of the names found in his reports still exist and excite the dedicated whisky connoisseur today, as well as others whose fame has faded since the end of the 19th century.
The appeal of Barnard’s book lies not only in the technical descriptions of each distillery’s processes, but also in the colourful descriptions of his journeys, brimming with historical colour and detail. As well as publishing articles in the Gazette, he published the magnificent The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom. Counting the adverts in the back, this came to some 500 pages and included historical and technical information about every distillery, and engravings of many of them.
Very few copies of the original edition still exist, but a facsimile reprint was issued in 1987, and the book has gone from strength to strength since. Alfred Barnard can be thought of as a pioneer in the now popular art of writing about whisky and distilleries. His comprehensive (and surprisingly entertaining) approach has meant that his book continues to be the definitive guide to the state of the industry in 1887, and it remains especially relevant in Scotland.
Barnard followed up his book on distilleries with The noted breweries of Great Britain and Ireland, published in three volumes and based on a tour of 110 breweries in Great Britain and Ireland. He died in Croydon, south of London, in 1918 at the age of 81.