Royal Mile Whiskies betrayed us all… apparently

Even almighty John Hansell got interested in this weird wee story! Royal Mile Whiskies are now preparing to stock the English Whisky Company’s Chapter I bottling (should be in next month). But it turns out some people think we should be boycotting English whisky because… because… err…


Arthur Motley from Royal Mile Whiskies said: “We got some negative feedback, mostly from American Scots, said things like, ‘how could you?’ and ‘you’ve betrayed Scotland’”.

John Kaylor of the Tartan Army: “It’s flattering that the English want to copy us, but what’s next, Shakespeare shortbread and the Lake Windermere monster? No true Tartan Army member would ever wet their lips with English whisky.”

Both Chris and I wet our lips with the English Whisky Company St. George’s new make spirit some months ago and we thought it was awesome. And we have one short message for Mr. Kaylor and other insecure idiots, on this and the other side of the Atlantic:

It starts with xenophobic chat, like yours, and ends in cattle carriages.

Chris and I will now be looking to get our hands on more samples from Norfolk and we’ll share our thoughts here. We may even consider visiting the distillery… even though it’s a bit out of the way…


  1. I thank you for your support. They must be a very insecure lot if they are worried about a wee distillery in England! and anyway, Royal Mile have been stocking our spirit (and doing very well) for some time now. Its our Chapter 6 the 3yr old single malt whisky they will be selling next month, so I hope you will have a taste and let us know what you think and if you are ever find yourselves in Norfolk we would be very pleased to entertain you…

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  3. I have tasted St Georges 18 month old peated and unpeated spirit as well as the peated new make at a tasting given by Distillery Manager David Fitt at SMWS Queen Street back in March. I have to say they were all excellent. My better half and I also visited the distillery in Norfolk and their enthusiasm for the work they do comes across in spades. If you in Norlfolk it is well worth a visit. During the week David and his production assistant do all the tours and everyone is happy to talk to interested people. I can’t wait to try the 3 year old whisky when it’s released.

    Other countries are now producing whisky and doing very well as it. Scotch has nothing to fear from this. As a whisky fan it is only a good thing as far as I am concerned.

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