Scotch & Whiskey

“Have a wee dram for the road,” is a well-famed Scottish expression, usually uttered in friendship to a departing guest.

We at Merlins Rest Pub would like to propose our own unique version of this worthy custom, and invite our guests to stand at the door of adventure and take their own ‘spiritual’ journey across the whisky regions of Scotland and Ireland – one dram at a time.

A dram is a traditional unit of measurement and exactly half the volume we normally use for our spirits.  Priced accordingly, the intrepid ‘traveler’ may enjoy four different whiskies without breaking the bank, an ideal economy in the current economic climate.

Merlins Rest is blessed with over 330 single malt Scotch whiskies and 115 Irish whiskies, both single malt and blended.  For the inquisitive, we are proud to have compiled the  “Scotch Bible” which describes each brand in detail, outlining the location and history of the distillery, as well as the whisky’s flavour profile, bouquet and perceived nuances. The 15th edition was just released in November 2016.

‘Whisky wayfaring’ is an unrivaled way to expand the appreciation and knowledge of Scotch or Irish whiskey, and, at an affordable price – it’s perfect.

The United Kingdom Scotch Whisky Regulations state: a “Single Malt Scotch Whisky” must be made exclusively from malted barley (although the addition of E150A caramel colouring is allowed), must be distilled using a pot still, and must be aged for at least three years in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 litres (150 imperial gallons; 180 US gallons).

Distillation of whisky has been performed in Scotland and Ireland for centuries. The first written record of whisky comes from 1405 in Ireland, while the production of whisky from malted barley is first mentioned in Scotland in an entry on the 1494 Exchequer Rolls, which reads “Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor, by order of the King, wherewith to make “Aqua Vitae”.

At Merlins Rest Pub we take great pride in our selection of Single Malt whisky whether it comes from Scotland, Ireland or even Wales for that matter.

Here at Merlins you can enjoy a wonderful whisky trip across Scotland. Your journey may take you from the Lowland malts, known for their sweet fruitiness: light grassy or herbal tones; a grainy and floral garland of gentle aromatic intensity, across the rugged Highlands to Cambletown and beyond, or sojourn southwards, to imbibe the mouth-watering behemoths of the whiskies of Islay, their dry peat and smoke, powerfully phenolic with aromas redolent of tar, smoke, iodine and carbolic, a joy to any wayfarer.

Start you own Whisky Trail today!



“Oh whisky! soul o’ plays and pranks!
Accept a bardie’s gratefu’ thanks!
When wanting thee, what tuneless cranks
Are my poor verses!
Thou comes – they rattle in their ranks,
At ither’s arses!

Fortune! if thou but gie me still
Hale breeks, a scone, an’ whisky gill,
An’ rowth o’ rhyme to rave at will,
Tak a’ the rest,
An’ deal’t about as thy blind skill
Directs thee best.”

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