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Here’s to boldness

Sometimes, in the face of great uncertainty and against the odds what is needed is a sense of boldness. To escape the shackles of expectation and to attempt the unthinkable.

History is littered with tales of boldness from many walks of life, such as politics, sport, business, art and humanitarian efforts. We think of Hannibal, Gandhi, Roger Banister, Churchill and Robert the Bruce. Or more recently, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan or even The Clash. We could even add in Vivienne Westwood, Banksy, Ross Edgeley or Skepta. There are many bold people in history.

But boldness is closer to home too. Take Tommy Dewar of the Dewar’s Whisky family, who established the Dewar’s Brand on an international stage by visiting 26 countries over the course of 2 years in the 19th Century and is arguably the first global scotch whisky marketeer. Or John Walker who skilfully blended whiskies together in his Kilmarnock grocers which went on to become the world’s biggest selling Scotch Whisky. In fact, the Scotch Whisky industry is littered with bold behaviour.

Distillery Manager

Right under my nose, here at Lindores Abbey we have sizeable evidence of boldness. Take Gary Haggart for example, tasked with turning Dr Jim Swan’s ideas into the award winning spirit we have today. Gary has seized the opportunity to shine with a quiet confidence. Be it holding out and running incredibly long fermentations, eking out those lovely fruity flavours or his penchant for filling rare and exciting casks. Gary isn’t afraid of making bold moves, if it means he can improve the quality of our Whisky.

Then there is Kenny Mackay, The Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers and our Operations Director, amongst some other impressive hats he wears. Recently Kenny led a small (socially distanced) group from his home in Auchterarder, Scotland to London, England. 500 miles in 7 days on bicycles. Having not ridden a bicycle since his teens, Kenny was inspired by a friend and took on his bold quest. A good example of doing the unthinkable.


Boldness takes on another level when you decide to build a Whisky distillery. To have the courage to turn dreams into reality. To build a lasting legacy for future generations. Through dogged determination and often against the odds, our Founder Drew built Lindores Abbey Distillery. Turning a disused farm steading into a 5* visit Scotland and World Whisky Award winning Distillery.

Drew and Helen McKenzie Smith

So here,

Here’s to boldness. Long may it continue.


Tim Foster

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