Scotch Whisky & Robert Burns – Scotland’s Most Famous Cultural Icons

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What’s it about?

If you asked people around the world… ‘What’s the first thing that comes-to-mind when you think of Scotland?’, many would spontaneously mention ‘Scotch Whisky’.

Such is the worldwide popularity of Scotland’s national drink that more than 40 bottles of Scotch Whisky are shipped from Scotland to 180 markets around the world in every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day, totalling a staggering 1.1bn bottles every year!

Probe a little further and those whose knowledge of Scotland is somewhat deeper, will often mention Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), Scotland’s National Bard and the author of hundreds of songs and poems, including ‘Auld Lang Syne’, possibly the best-known song in the world, sung almost everywhere to welcome-in the New Year.

In this entertaining presentation, Professor David Thomson will take you on a journey of discovery, describing how he and his business partner (and wife), Teresa Church, rescued one of Scotland’s most iconic Scotch Whisky distilleries (Annandale Distillery) from dereliction, taking it back into production after a hiatus of almost 100 years.

In listening to this fascinating story you’ll learn something about Single Malt Scotch Whisky production (and what makes it so special), a little about brand building (and what makes it so difficult), and also about Robert Burns (and the role he played in all of this).

After that, David will steer your thoughts towards the nearby Globe Inn, Dumfries, Robert Burns’ favourite howff (a place to meet, drink and be merry) and one of Scotland’s most iconic pubs. In taking you there, he’ll tell you something about Robert Burns’ most famous songs and poems (from his Dumfries era, 1788 – 1796), including ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and the epic ‘Tam o’Shanter’.

Who’s telling the story?

Professor David Thomson, scientist, businessman (Founding Chairman – MMR Group) and Single Malt enthusiast, was born and raised in Dumfries.

David and his wife, Teresa Church had previously acquired the derelict Annandale Distillery in 2007, successfully returning it to full production in 2014.

In 2018, they bought Globe Inn to preserve the Burns Rooms for many generations to come.