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  • Biawa Makalaga, Glen Grant Biawa Makalaga, Glen Grant Biawa Makalaga, Glen Grant Whisky heroes 02 November 2017

    Biawa Makalaga, Glen Grant

    The story of the African orphan who became a famous figure in the Speyside town of Rothes.

  • William Delmé-Evans William Delmé-Evans William Delmé-Evans Whisky heroes 03 October 2017

    William Delmé-Evans

    The story of the post-war distillery architect who built Tullibardine, Jura and Glenallachie.

  • Alfred Barnard Alfred Barnard Alfred Barnard Whisky heroes 30 August 2017

    Alfred Barnard

    The little-known story of the man who wrote one of Scotch whisky’s most important books.

  • ‘Long John’ McDonald, Ben Nevis ‘Long John’ McDonald, Ben Nevis ‘Long John’ McDonald, Ben Nevis Whisky heroes 10 August 2017

    ‘Long John’ McDonald, Ben Nevis

    As a man, he was a ‘happy Hercules’ – and, as a distiller, a larger-than-life self-promoter.

  • Colin Hay, Ardbeg Colin Hay, Ardbeg Colin Hay, Ardbeg Whisky heroes 04 July 2017

    Colin Hay, Ardbeg

    The compelling story of the man who rescued the Islay distillery and brought it into prosperity.

  • Andrew and John Usher Andrew and John Usher Andrew and John Usher Whisky heroes 07 June 2017

    Andrew and John Usher

    The brothers created one of the world’s most successful blended whiskies, Old Vatted Glenlivet.

  • Alexander Edward, Craigellachie Alexander Edward, Craigellachie Alexander Edward, Craigellachie Whisky heroes 20 April 2017

    Alexander Edward, Craigellachie

    Delve into the life of the forgotten hero behind the Craigellachie distillery, hotel and village.

  • Bill Smith Grant, The Glenlivet Bill Smith Grant, The Glenlivet Bill Smith Grant, The Glenlivet Whisky heroes 11 April 2017

    Bill Smith Grant, The Glenlivet

    Great-grandson of The Glenlivet founder and survivor of both World Wars.

  • Malcolm Gillespie: ‘Gillespie the Gauger’ Malcolm Gillespie: ‘Gillespie the Gauger’ Malcolm Gillespie: ‘Gillespie the Gauger’ Whisky heroes 14 March 2017

    Malcolm Gillespie: ‘Gillespie the Gauger’

    The shamed excise officer may be more villain than hero, but it depends on whose side you’re on…

  • Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd Whisky heroes 09 February 2017

    Ronnie Cox, Berry Bros & Rudd

    A career as colourful as his socks, including staring down the barrel of a gun more than once.

  • Aeneas MacDonald Aeneas MacDonald Aeneas MacDonald Whisky heroes 19 December 2016

    Aeneas MacDonald

    No, not the exiled Scotsman, but the pseudonymous author of ‘the finest whisky book ever’.

  • Tommy Dewar Tommy Dewar Tommy Dewar Whisky heroes 16 November 2016

    Tommy Dewar

    The globe-trotting extrovert and born salesman was one of Scotch’s most colourful characters.

  • John Ross John Ross John Ross Whisky heroes 20 September 2016

    John Ross

    The William Grant distiller on his successes, failures and balancing innovation with brand identity.

  • James Buchanan James Buchanan James Buchanan Whisky heroes 23 August 2016

    James Buchanan

    The ‘Whisky Baron’ overcame ill-health to create some of Scotch’s most successful blends.

  • Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig Whisky heroes 24 May 2016

    Bessie Williamson, Laphroaig

    First lady of Laphroaig and much-loved on Islay, Bessie proved Scotch was not just a man’s world.

  • Captain William Fraser Captain William Fraser Captain William Fraser Whisky heroes 29 March 2016

    Captain William Fraser

    Was the founder of Royal Brackla distillery really as arrogant and spiteful as we’re led to believe?

  • William Grant William Grant William Grant Whisky heroes 18 February 2016

    William Grant

    The life of the determined creator of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Scotch’s biggest family business.

  • The Incredible Captain Barclay The Incredible Captain Barclay The Incredible Captain Barclay Whisky heroes 27 January 2016

    The Incredible Captain Barclay

    The man who founded Glenury Royal distillery – and who famously walked 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.

  • Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain Whisky heroes 21 December 2015

    Hugh Munro: The Blind Captain

    War, women and whisky: the story of Hugh Munro, early 19th-century Laird of Teaninich, has it all.

  • The Pattison Brothers The Pattison Brothers The Pattison Brothers Whisky heroes 30 November 2015

    The Pattison Brothers

    Flamboyance, fraud and 500 talking parrots: when boom turned to bust with the ‘Pattison Crash’.

  • Peter Mackie Peter Mackie Peter Mackie Whisky heroes 10 November 2015

    Peter Mackie

    From White Horse to Malt Mill, the story of one of the Scotch whisky industry’s true pioneers.

  • Captain Grant of Auchorachan Captain Grant of Auchorachan Captain Grant of Auchorachan Whisky heroes 13 October 2015

    Captain Grant of Auchorachan

    The saga of ‘Grant of Glenlivat’, the early days of legal distillation – and a fairies’ curse.

  • Charles Doig Charles Doig Charles Doig Whisky heroes 10 September 2015

    Charles Doig

    The farmworker’s son whose unique vision transformed the landscape of Scotch whisky distilleries.

  • Joseph Hobbs Joseph Hobbs Joseph Hobbs Whisky heroes 10 August 2015

    Joseph Hobbs

    The extraordinary story of a man hailed as the ‘Great Gatsby’ of the Scotch whisky world.

  • John & James Grant John & James Grant John & James Grant Whisky heroes 16 July 2015

    John & James Grant

    With a focus on single malt and exports, brothers John and James Grant were ahead of their time.

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