Scran episode 12: Pirates, smugglers and illicit distilling - the Glengoyne story with Gordon Dallas

Listen to episode twelve of Scran, the podcast that is passionate about Scottish food and drink.

Published 28th Feb 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Whisky is one of Scotland's major exports as well as a huge tourism driver. But did you know that some whisky history also includes illicit distilling, pirates and vagabonds?

This week on Scran we delve into just that with the Glengoyne story, as told by their whisky experiential ambassador Gordon Dallas.

Rosalind finds out how it is inextricably linked to the rapid rise of Glasgow as an industrial powerhouse, through violent vagabonds and Victorian entrepreneurs to modern day pirates.

Rosalind also chats to Sean Murphy, editor of the Scotsman food and drink about Glengoyne, and distilling's illegal past in Scotland.

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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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