Scran season 2: How the malt riots led to the birth of whisky

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 2nd Oct 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

This week Scran takes a look back at Glasgow's malt riots and how they kick-started the whisky industry we know and love today.

Joining Rosalind are Emily Coyle, brand development manager at the Glasgow Distillery company, and Norry Wilson, founder of Lost Glasgow, a Facebook page with a global following that shares tales of Glasgow’s colourful and diverse history.

Emily tells us about The Glasgow Distillery’s latest whisky release, Malt Riot Blended Scotch Malt Whisky, inspired by the 1725 Malt Tax Riots which started in Glasgow and spread across the country.

Norry discusses Glasgow's rebellious past and recent history, and why you should fear the women over the men.

Finally Rosalind creates two Glasgow Distillery cocktails at home using Malt Riot - Malt Riot Glasgow Whisky Sour and the Ginger Riot.

Scran listeners can get £5 off your bottle of Malt Riot Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - listen to find out the exclusive discount code.

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• Listen back to episodes from series one and episode one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen and fifteen from series two of Scran.

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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