More likely, when did whisky get involved with me?
My first recollection of Scotch Whisky was as a child aged around eight years old. Most Sundays would be earmarked for visiting relatives in the East End of Glasgow. This was a grand adventure that I always looked forward to.
The journey would take myself and the family through uncharted waters.
I remember there was this railway bridge that I learned was advertising Red Hackle Scotch Whisky. I asked my father what Red Hackle was and he explained to me that this was a drink for grown-ups and not for children. He told me not to be tempted to taste this concoction as this was not the finest whisky. Come to think about it, due to War time rationing, which was still in place, it was probably the only one that was available.
His wishes would be agreed to, I was only eight years old after all.
The bridge was demolished in 1983.
I was always an inquisitive child, for ever getting up to all sorts of nonsense. Again, aged about eight or nine, I found this bottle which I took to be Irn-Bru, I’m sure it was Haig’s. A most respectable brand, and too good for the likes of me. Any way lets taste… HELP! What am I tasting… Words fail me. How can people drink this stuff? It would take me another fifteen years to discover why.
The unique and alluring nature of Single Cask releases means we cannot bring you the same delightful elixirs again and again – once the whisky is gone, it’s gone for good. The expressions live as a fragment of the past, never to be repeated.
We invite you to delve into our whisky archives. Explore past releases and bask in amber nostalgia, accompanied with distillery history and tasting notes from Mr. Hart himself.
Hart Brothers can trace their origins in the licensed trade back to the late 19th century when the family were licensed victuallers and publicans in Paisley, the mill town on the outskirts of Glasgow. It was not until 1964 that brothers Iain & Donald Hart incorporated the company as Wine & Spirit Wholesalers and Scotch Whisky Blenders.
Alistair Hart joined the company in 1975 and it was his responsibility as chief blender to source vintage casks of single malt whisky that were not readily available through any specialist whisky shop or online whisky site. Today, we continue to secure special and rare malt and grain whiskies that are further matured and only selected for single cask bottling after careful tasting and consideration.
We always pride ourselves on continuing the spirit of excellence by offering some of the finest single malt scotch whisky available through our selected distributors overseas.
We make sure our customers can best share with us the single malt scotch whisky experience which is why we add nothing to the malt whisky other than the purest water. Today, we pride ourselves on continuing the spirit of excellence by offering some of the finest single malt scotch whisky available through our selected distributors overseas.
Hart Brothers Limited, 3 Peel Park Place, College Milton, East Kilbride G74 5LW, Scotland
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