Pure Scot Whisky : Review


A prerequisite for a Scottish whisky is that is has an interesting story behind it. In this regard, Pure Scot delivers.

purescot-bottleDavid Prior made his fortune with five:am organic yoghurt in his native Australia. He sold it for a cool $80million and rode off into the sunset. Well, not quite. He then did what we all would do if we had such a sum of money, and surveyed the world for what he could spend his fortune on.

He decided he wanted to buy a distillery and make a new whisky, and that’s exactly what he did. He bought the Bladnoch distillery in Dumfries and set about making Pure Scot.

Bladnoch has a history, both distinguished and recently sad. As Scotland’s most southernly distillery, it was established in 1817 but the previous owners closed the business in 2014. Sad news for Bladnoch, but perfect timing for Melbourne-based Prior.

Here’s a little context. There are no shortage of distilleries in Scotland. Most, however, are now owned by multi-national companies. This doesn’t affect the flavour of the national drink but it does make it clear how unusual it is for an independent distillery to take on the big boys.

This is fine for Prior. He’s made it clear he’s looking to expand upon, not steal, the existing whisky market. It’s not even currently in shops in the UK. Pure Scot is being exported to Melbourne’s many bars and clubs to carry out the plan of rejuvinating, or even creating, a taste for whisky amongst twenty-somethings.

This can be seen in the marketing. Pure Scot is as far from Whisky Galore! territory as whisky can get. It’s about the cocktails, the night out and the party. This isn’t about competing with the malt market. It’s a sexy product which just happens to be a whisky and has identified a niche to be filled.

Pure Scot

Review

The first thing that strikes you about Pure Scot is the bright brilliance of the bottle, containing references to the magnificent Scottish mountains on a broad shouldered, angular structure. The thick base makes the honey orange whisky look like it’s hovering in the bottle. The bottle isn’t a screw top. There’s a cork with the Pure Scot insignia. A lot of thought has been put into the presentation.

Pure Scot

It’s noted as being a blend of β€œunique Bladnoch Single Malt, robust island malts, aged Speyside and Highland malts and select grain whiskies”.

For all that it’s being pitched as a mixer for sophisticated mid-20s on a night out, this 40-something sampled it with a drop of water and enjoyed it. It is what it is. It’s a stylish introduction to an idea of how whisky could be enjoyed by a new demographic. Purists may feel they have licence to moan but the truth is that products like Pure Scot could be a stepping stone for a lot of people to more ‘serious’ whisky.

Nose : Mildly floral, butterscotch.

Taste : Smooth, sweet, rounded.

Finish : Slightly dry, satisfying.

Pure Scot

Disclaimer. Pure Scot sent me a bottle of Pure Scot to review. You may have figured that out from the article but I’m highlighting it all the same.

Getting your hands on a bottle

Pure Scot is not available in shops in the UK. Short of approaching the distillery direct, this competition is your best bet for getting your hands on a bottle. Or, you could fly to Melbourne and snaffle some.

138 Comments

  1. Julie T
    7 March 2016
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    I love the hills and valleys of Scotland, everything is so verdant and give you a sense of peacefulness.

  2. james wood
    7 March 2016
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    Love the haggis

  3. iain maciver
    7 March 2016
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    everything, the people ,the food the whiskey

  4. Natasha Whenham
    7 March 2016
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    Haggis, neeps and tatties followed by some cranachan at my local pub.

    • 7 March 2016
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      My wife has made cranachan for me. Delicious!

  5. Anna K
    7 March 2016
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    Love the scenery in Scotland and the wilderness. Great for some fantastic photos.

  6. Michelle Bruce
    7 March 2016
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    Apart from me? πŸ˜‰ My favourite Scottish thing is the glorious scenery, the character of the population and the plane out of Edinburgh airport going to Benidorm for some sun!

    • 7 March 2016
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      I’m not going to argue about people from Scotland being awesome! πŸ˜‰

  7. Nigel Soulsby
    7 March 2016
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    Wow what a great prize ,fingers crossed.

  8. Michaela Smith
    7 March 2016
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    The Broons πŸ™‚

  9. clair downham
    7 March 2016
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    shortbread

  10. Sara Goodman
    7 March 2016
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    Lovely warm, soft, tartan scarves. Perfect for the Winter!
    Super giveaway, thank you x

    • 8 March 2016
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      And blankets too! You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  11. Jean Bolsover
    7 March 2016
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    I love the accent! I had a holiday in Scotland and came home with the accent just after two weeks there!

  12. Matthew Cobb
    7 March 2016
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    Scottish breakfast – Square sausage the lot!

  13. Eliz M
    7 March 2016
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    watching dolphins at the Moray Firth! Amazing experience

  14. ValB
    7 March 2016
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    Scottish shortbread

  15. Jim
    7 March 2016
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    Whisky ! and eh, oh aye, more Whisky !!! πŸ˜‰

  16. D
    7 March 2016
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    I love the hills and roaming them with a hip flask for a wee nip

    • 7 March 2016
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      Hip flasks are an essential, especially if they’ve got whisky in them!

  17. barbara daniels
    7 March 2016
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    haggis, i love it

  18. Elizabeth Simpson
    7 March 2016
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    My favourite Scottish thing is all the sweeties – especially tablet and Edinburgh Rock.

  19. Kevin Honey
    7 March 2016
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    Scottish Shortbread

  20. bella smyth
    7 March 2016
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    Apart from the worlds best whiskey but i love IronBru!! you cant get it down here.

  21. 7 March 2016
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    My Mum!

  22. Andrew Petrie
    7 March 2016
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    Salmon. The wild variety.

  23. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    7 March 2016
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    I love the men inb in kilts!

    • 7 March 2016
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      I had a kilt on at my friend’s wedding at Christmas. Even I look good in them!

  24. jason wills
    7 March 2016
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    I like Bagpipes

  25. Andrea Storey
    7 March 2016
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    I love Haggis <3

  26. 7 March 2016
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    The stunning landscape!

  27. Rosalind Sargent
    7 March 2016
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    Haggis on Burns Night

  28. Vivien
    7 March 2016
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    Love the scenery in Scotland

  29. Vivien
    7 March 2016
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    The lovely scenery in Scotland

  30. Alan Burrows
    7 March 2016
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    Whisky

  31. stephen ashdown
    7 March 2016
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    The wilderness and the amazing views, very photogenic. With the added chance of seeing a red squirrel, us southerners don’t have any!

  32. Jim M
    7 March 2016
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    The landscape (and a dram).

  33. Luke FitzGerald
    7 March 2016
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    I love Scottish Oatcakes, with a generous spread of Crowdie.

  34. Julie Henderson
    7 March 2016
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    apart from Nessie i love the proclaimers

  35. Elizabeth Hinds
    7 March 2016
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    Gretna Green, where I got married πŸ™‚

  36. don erwood
    7 March 2016
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    Loving the haggis

  37. Mari Sutherland
    7 March 2016
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    My husband

  38. Ruth Tesdale
    7 March 2016
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    Edinburgh

  39. Bob Clark
    7 March 2016
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    The West Highland Railway Line

  40. Anthony Harrington
    7 March 2016
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    shortbread biscuits and the scenery!

  41. Graham Ross
    8 March 2016
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    love the scenery ,esp in the Highlands

  42. Lol can you make a special entry for your best American Friend?!

    • 8 March 2016
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      Heh. I’ll certainly raise a glass in your honour!

  43. Bev
    8 March 2016
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    I love the accent!

  44. msedollyp
    8 March 2016
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    people

  45. Lindsey Stuart
    8 March 2016
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    I love the butteries in the mornings πŸ™‚

  46. Harline
    8 March 2016
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    The Cairngorms love it there

  47. Rich Tyler
    8 March 2016
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    Cairngorms – we have friends that have a home there, so beautiful πŸ™‚

  48. David Thomson
    8 March 2016
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    Tablet, Mother’s Pride Plain Bread, Macaroon bars, Skirlie & Haggis, King’s Aromatic Sweets, black puddin’ suppers, Oor Wullie & The Broons, Lucky Tatties, Irn Bru, Corona Soft Drinks, Walls Rectangular Block Ice Cream, Stovies, The Sunday Post funnies. That should be enough to get going on!

    • 8 March 2016
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      Also known as ‘breakfast’.

  49. Dion Petrie
    8 March 2016
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    I love Edinburgh, it’s a beautiful city

  50. William Gould
    8 March 2016
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    My favourite Scottish thing is my old Mother!

  51. Dilshad Sharef
    8 March 2016
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    Scotch Whisky

  52. Mark Milsom
    8 March 2016
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    I have recently become a BIG fan of single malt scotch….the expensive stuff !!…it’s really worth the money you pay, quality counts…When I was young my dad gave me something to eat and told me afterwards it was Haggis….I was hooked…glorious stuff…not just for Burns night !!!

  53. Lyla
    8 March 2016
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    Aberdeen Angus Beef

  54. claire woods
    8 March 2016
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    Shortbread.

  55. lyn burgess
    8 March 2016
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    Whisky and shortbread, but not at the same time πŸ™‚

  56. Natalie Crossan
    8 March 2016
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    My Mum – she’s scottish haha

  57. Mickie Bull
    8 March 2016
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    Celtic!

  58. Nicola Dow
    8 March 2016
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    Love everything Scottish! Stovies and Baynes Pie on a roll πŸ™‚

  59. kellyjo walters
    9 March 2016
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    can only think of shortbread

  60. Sara Dunn
    9 March 2016
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    The scenery and the biscuits.

  61. Jo Carroll
    9 March 2016
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    Hogmany – I’ve been a few times now and nothing beats it for ringing in the New Year in terrific style. x

  62. Natalie Gillham
    9 March 2016
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    My favourite scottish thing is the male scottish accent.

  63. Karen Laing
    9 March 2016
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    Apart from my Scottish husband,he’s number one of course,I love the scenery.I’m Scottish too and we really are one of the most patriotic countries in the world x

  64. Maxine G
    9 March 2016
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    the nature, the scenery, the distilleries!

  65. 9 March 2016
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    My Gran. Her baking was amazing, but she’s 100 now, so doesn’t bake. At least I hope she doesn’t try, she’ll forget the oven is on. Her soup was the best.

  66. Ruth Harwood
    10 March 2016
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    Love the mountains and the people

  67. Sarah Lambert
    10 March 2016
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    Love Scottish shortbread biscuits πŸ™‚

  68. Terri Irvin
    10 March 2016
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    My favorite Scottish thing is my hubby Mr. Irvin and the castle that bears his family name in Scotland.

  69. Samantha loughlin
    11 March 2016
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    I like their shortbread

  70. karen wells
    11 March 2016
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    the scenery in the Highlands is breathtaking.

  71. Alisha
    12 March 2016
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    The people. Very friendly and nice.

  72. Kim M
    12 March 2016
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    Iron Bru

  73. Lisa Parker
    12 March 2016
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    Shortbread x

  74. Judith Luscombe
    12 March 2016
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    Grouse Whisky

  75. Gerri Tennant
    12 March 2016
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    Tartan fabric

  76. Paul von der Fecht
    12 March 2016
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    Caboc cheese.

  77. Sophie Dolan
    13 March 2016
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    SHORTBREAD!

  78. Gabby
    13 March 2016
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    The Bagpipes!

  79. Debbie Bird
    13 March 2016
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    Scottish Shortbread

  80. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    13 March 2016
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    Sean Connery !!! πŸ™‚

  81. melanie stirling
    13 March 2016
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    My husband.

  82. Herbert Appleby
    14 March 2016
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    Hi its got to be the Whisky for me. Cheers!
    PS my tweet today 14/03 went here:
    https://twitter.com/SmokinHerbz1/status/709386732542803968

  83. Margery Lumsdaine
    14 March 2016
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    Crabbies ginger wine – I remember passing the factory near the foot ‘o’ the walk shopping with my mum

  84. helen southam
    15 March 2016
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    Shortbread πŸ™‚

  85. jackie curran
    15 March 2016
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    Shortbread is my favourite scottish thing .

  86. Vicky Varley
    16 March 2016
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    Edinburgh soft rock

  87. Kate Knight
    16 March 2016
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    Kitls

  88. 16 March 2016
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    Shortbread

  89. Darlene Maroni
    16 March 2016
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    What’s not to LOVE?? Everything is awesome..country side..food..people..pubs πŸ™‚

  90. Margaret Clarkson
    17 March 2016
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    Potato scones

  91. Pam Francis Gregory
    17 March 2016
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    Got to be the Whiskey!

  92. Lynsey Buchanan
    17 March 2016
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    I love a good ceilidh

  93. Annabel Greaves
    17 March 2016
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    The beautiful scenery

  94. Irene Wright
    17 March 2016
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    The whisky – of course

  95. Katie Skeoch
    17 March 2016
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    My favourite Scottish things are my children! Love the highlands too x

  96. 19 March 2016
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    I love the food

  97. Emma Wilkie
    20 March 2016
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    Men in kilts

  98. Jacqueline Mclean
    22 March 2016
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    I love it so much I married a Scot & moved to live in Gods green land

  99. rebecca nisbet
    22 March 2016
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    i love Scottish tablet!

  100. Hester McQueen
    23 March 2016
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    My daughter of course. So many things – Haggis, shortbread, tablet, Black Bun, bagpipes, scenery, accents. people, salmon, historic buildings …..

  101. Debby
    23 March 2016
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    Not much that instantly evoke an emotional response than a Scotsman in full kilt regalia playing the bagpipes – love the Scottish sports fans too as they always look and sound great.

  102. MANDY DOHERTY
    23 March 2016
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    The beautiful scenery x

  103. 24 March 2016
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    Love the gold water with some alcohol, aged in barrels for many years πŸ˜‰

  104. Kev Adamson
    24 March 2016
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    Thanks for the chance to win a bottle of Pure Scot. We can’t afford to go to Austrailia, so would love to win this. Visiting distilleries is our passion, and we can’t wait to visit Bladnoch. Good luck in you’re venture David. Independance is something special.

  105. TAM P
    25 March 2016
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    Living in Scotland

  106. michelle o'neill
    27 March 2016
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    i love everything about scotland x but i love visitng greyfriars bobby the most x

  107. Susan Hill
    29 March 2016
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    The beautiful scenery

  108. olivia Kirby
    29 March 2016
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    Aberdeen Angus beef

  109. Jean Vaughan
    30 March 2016
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    Impossible to select one thing. I have a real love for John o’Groats, the people, the food, the wildlife, the boat trips. The Cairngorms for skiing, Edinburgh and Stirling for their architecture and history, the Tattoo that stirs my senses, Tablet because it’s naughty but nice and the traditions and tartans, especially mine-Armstrong.

  110. Phyllis Ellett
    30 March 2016
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    They as a nation are so laid back.

  111. Alison MacDonald
    30 March 2016
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    The beautiful scenery,Scotch Tablet and Shortbread πŸ™‚

  112. Pauline Wilson
    30 March 2016
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    My favourite Scottish things are Irn Bru and Tunnocks Teacakes

  113. Chris Fletcher
    30 March 2016
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    Got to be the Highlands for me

  114. Narinda Minnaar
    30 March 2016
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    The accent!

  115. Kerry Webber
    31 March 2016
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    My uncle!!

  116. Claire Butler
    31 March 2016
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    the accent

  117. Sarah Lewis
    31 March 2016
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    Love the scenery and the people.

  118. tracey rollings
    31 March 2016
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    the wonderful views with fine whiskey and haggis

  119. stephen smith
    31 March 2016
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    great giveaway yet again

  120. sharon martin
    31 March 2016
    Reply

    shortbread, whisky & the scenery

  121. Emma Walton
    31 March 2016
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    I love bagpipes! Thank you for the opportunity to win this fantastic prize! Good luck everybody.

  122. Bryanna M
    31 March 2016
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    easy — whisky πŸ™‚ my cupboard is bursting!

  123. jenny reynolds
    31 March 2016
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    love scotish whisky xxxxxxxxxxxx

  124. 31 March 2016
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    i love sexy scotish men hehe

  125. 31 March 2016
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    I love the accents πŸ™‚

  126. Sandra Jo Siddall
    31 March 2016
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    I love the Bagpipes ????

  127. Petra Beck
    31 March 2016
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    I love haggis! And Edinburgh! πŸ˜‰

  128. Jane Middleton
    31 March 2016
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    red squirell

  129. Ruth Davies
    31 March 2016
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    Boating on Loch Ness, but I’d prefer to do it in the summer as it’s cold at this time of year.

  130. Ruth Davies
    31 March 2016
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    Boating on Loch Ness, but I prefer it when the weather is warmer.

  131. 14 April 2016
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    Breathtaking views and fine whisky

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