Outlander star Sam Heughan reveals The Sassenach whisky was originally going to be made in America

The latest guest on our podcast, Scran, is actor Sam Heughan.

Published 23rd Nov 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Outlander star joined us on our latest episode of Scran to talk about his Sassenach whisky, favourite food and drinks and what drove him to create his own blended malt

As well as revealing when Outlander fans in the UK and US can get their hands on a bottle of The Sassenach, Sam also explained that the whisky was almost made in America.

He said: “When we first started, we were thinking about doing an American whiskey. Just because of all the different laws and importing and exporting from Scotland into America. Each state has a different law and it can be very complex.

"So at the time we were thinking about it, but then we kind of went down that line and then I realised after a while that, I think, to be honest, why am I doing an American whiskey when we have such great access to Scottish whiskies and we've met so many great people and great producers in Scotland?”

"We went back to the drawing board and started again. It was a really long process of trying different blends and strengths.

"The Sassenach is 46% ABV because we wanted something that was slightly heavier on the tongue and has a bit more of a premium feel to it.

"There are just so many factors, from the design of the logo to the bottle....and I was part of every part of that process."

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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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