A cocktail vending machine is coming to Glasgow - here's everything you need to know

The world’s first old-fashioned vending machine is coming to Glasgow this Friday (31 May), dispending delicious serves of The Woodsman whisky at Barras Art and Design (BAAD).

Published 30th May 2019
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

With the trend for whisky cocktails on the rise, Whyte & Mackay have developed a fun and quick way to enjoy a Woodsman old fashioned this weekend in Glasgow - a cocktail vending machine.

The Woodsman Vending Machine will deliver a quality old-fashioned serve to drinkers in a flash, with whisky lovers being able to build their cocktail - by pulling levers and turning wheels - creating the perfect serve. What happens inside the machine itself remains a closely guarded secret.

The vending machine demonstrates The Woodsman’s ‘hands on’ approach to innovation. Launching just last year with the aim of giving traditional whisky rules the chop, The Woodsman is matured using a transatlantic mix of freshly-built oak casks from Ohio (giving a hint of vanilla and spice) and ex-Bourbon barrels double-scorched in Scotland (for extra depth, sweetness, and a hint of woodsmoke).

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Rod Gillies, Head of Innovation at Whyte & Mackay, said: “Everyone loves a good Old Fashioned, and our maple syrup version is a cracker. But what would make it even better is being able to get hold of one wherever you are, on demand. So we’re stripping away the rules and complexity which sometimes surround Scotch and making it quick and simple to get a brilliant drink.

“We’ve been touring the UK with the Woodsman vending machine, popping up in various cities and dispensing Old Fashioned cocktails as we go.”

For a drinking experience like no other, visit the vending machine at BAAD (54 Calton Entry, G40 2SB) on May 31, from 5-9pm.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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