Wild Scotchmen Whisky Society Presents George Grant of Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas Distillery Tasting
Come and meet young George Grant from The Glenfarclas Distilleryat our special Wild Scotchmen Whisky Society meeting on Friday July 27, 2007 at Nicholsons Tavern & Pub.

Please contact Nicholson’s for further details. Event starts promptly at 7pm.
Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub
625 Walnut
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 564-9111
Fax: (513) 564-0123

The Wild Scotsman

Back from the Highland Lodge

John McDougallI just got back from our Highland Lodge having had a great time Lady Patricia and me.

We did the Porsche car club tasting on Saturday night. This was a Fantastic event…BTW 50 classic Porsche’s from across the whole of Britain and some from the continent of Europe, was a wonderful sight to see……must have been tons of money in these beautiful cars!!!

I introduced a whole new audience to the Wild Scotsman Brand, also Golden cask 1984 Glengarioch, and John McDougall’s brand new Vatted Islay Malt!!

 On Sunday we went down to the Loch side, and saw a superb exhibition of Falconry. These birds of prey are just magnificent creatures and to see them at work is “different class”.

Then we had a BBQ and burgers of course —- Even the Wild Scotsman himself would have loved these burgers!!!!

Then I went back to the lodge and watched the Monaco Grand Prix, and I noticed that a Scotsman, Dario Franchitti from Bathgate, just 14 miles west of Edinburgh (near to where the W S’man’s family originated in Linlithgow) driving for the Andretti RG team had won the Indianapolis “500”, only the second Scotsman to have done so. The only other Scot, to have achieved this feat was the one and only Late Great Jim Clark in 1965, and who lived and worked on his Dad’s farm only a few miles from where I am, in the gorgeous Scottish Borders (With England) writing this posting.

You know some of you guys over there in the US should come to visit me & LP here in Scotland and you will have a great time.

Rent our lodge and you will literally be “In Heaven” in the Perthshire Highlands of this, the BEST small Country in The World.

Anyway I will write a whole lot more in the next few months/years as we all build up a world wide relationship .


Sir John  

Alcohol Labels Get Detailed in Britain?

Jeff Topping, Wild ScotsmanJust when I thought there could be no more insanity in the world the AP posted this article called, Alcohol Labels Get Detailed in Britain. To summarize the Public Health Ministry wants to list how many units of alcohol are contained in each bottle as well as the recommended safe drinking levels. This is just another example of how govenments pile on the red tape and apply band-aides to “symptoms” and act like they are addressing problems. It is very unfortunate that some people drink in excess or as they call it, “binge-drinking”. A “label on a bottle” does nothing to help those individuals who are either alcoholics or alcoholics in denial. If anything, it allows people in a poistion or obligation to help to look the other way becasue, “hey, they should have followed the instructions on the bottle”.

I do not have the answers, however, I would start by asking the youths of Britain, why do you binge drink? Do the pubs close too early? Is the drinking age too low? Are parents unable to discipline their children due to laws that handcuff them? The list goes on…..


The Wild Scotsman

Wild Scotsman does not advocte or promote the consumption of alcohlic beverages by anyone under legal age, pregnant, while operating a motor vehicle, farm machinery, uni-cycle, bicycle, shaving, sleeping, flying a plane, rowing a boat, watching small children, watching big children, feeding monkeys, sky diving, and etc..etc…etc…

Memorial Day Weekend

I would like to thank all of the forum members , their friends, and families for their service to their country. In the USA we celebrate Memorial Day as a weekend celebration to honor the fallen and the living. To never forget the past so as not to re-live it in the future.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11 , and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

This weekend the Flag of my father will once again see the light of day.

The Wild Scotsman

New Distilleries

Several new distillery projects have been announced in recent weeks here in Scotland.

In no order of priority here is the news.

Duncan Taylor have announced a distillery development in Huntly Aberdeenshire. A highland distillery
Wm Grant and Sons have announced the intention to build a lowland malt distillery at theier Girvan Grain Distillery complex in Ayrshire.
The old Annandale distillery site at Langholm Dumfiressshire has been purchased by a private buyer with the intention of re-building and opening up again….Another lowland distillery!
Add on also the two which were completed last year, namely Kilchoman on Islay, and Daftmill in the Bow of Fife….another lowland!! plus the ongoing project (?) of Blackwood Distillers now back to mainland Shetland from information received.
The massive project announced my the mighty Diageo at Roseisle up on the Moray Firth, and it is obvious that some thing is “a stirring” in the valleys and glens of Scotland.
Oh! and the news this past weekend of a £10m upgrade of the Invergordon Grain distillery to bring production capacity up tp 80m lpa per year more than doubling existing capacity and making it the largest single whisky producing facility in Scotland. This announcement followed hard on the heals of the purchase of Whyte & Mackay last week by Vijay Mallya’s United Breweries Group of India.
Not just in Scotland is all activity taking place though, lookout for things happening in other parts of the world, Sweden & the US ?????

Scottish Borders

Welcome to John McDougall’s Blog

My name is John McDougall and I will be your guide to the under belly of the Scotch Whisky Industry. Having spent 44 years and counting in this industry I tend to know a bit about this or that. So, stop by from time to time and you just may learn something.


Sir John

Hello, and welcome to the Official Blog of the Wild Scotsman!

It seems like yesterday that I stepped off of the plane in Glasgow to begin my journey, however, it has been a long and difficult 7 years. I would not trade them for anything in the world. I hope this new forum will allow me to share some of my life experiences with you the consumer. Without those of you who pack our booth at the shows, sent letters/emails of encouragement, or enjoyed a beer or cigar at a late night bar I may not be here. The industry is unforgiving and sometimes unwelcoming to those of us who march to the beat of a different drum, however, they cannot break a man who is inspired by passions they cannot understand.

Please be a bit patient with the new site as I am trying to get everything up to speed. Until then please feel free to stop by the forum and give us your thoughts.


The Wild Scotsman