Enjoying Whisky – the water of life

A dram in the Keys

I enjoy a good malt whisky or three. There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a good malt whisky in my local pub, the Keys Bar in St Andrews, Fife. This friendly, welcoming family run free house has over 240 different malt whiskies to suit all tastes and pockets. As you can see by the photograph, armed with one of the many whisky books in the Keys, I am enjoying a wee dram and trying new ones.

Fife has a long connection with whisky both in the growing of barley and distilleries. The first written mention of Scotch whisky is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1495. A friar named John Cor was the distiller at Lindores Abbey making whisky for King James IV. Although there was a decline in the number of distilleries in Fife during the 19th century, they are making a comeback. Cameronbridge Distillery near Windygates is the largest grain distillery in Scotland. Whiskey distilleries can be found at Guardbridge, Eden Mill Distillery, Kingsbarns, Kingsbarns Distillery, Cupar, Daftmill Distillery and in the planning are distilleries at Lindores Abbey and Inchdairnie (Glenrothes).