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Frank Murphy, The Pot Still, Glasgow


Which whiskies are proving popular at the moment?
Kilchoman, Benriach and Glendronach. That is over and above our location-specific locals, Auchentoshan and Glengoyne.

Which whisky did you most recently introduce to your bar?
A Glenburgie 15 purchased from Scotch Whisky Auctions.

How often do you make changes to your whisky range?
Changes happen every single day here. Bottles with a couple of drams left get polished off, and if it’s something we could only get one bottle of, like many of the single cask bottlings, we’ll have to replace it with something else.

How do you choose new whiskies for your bar?
The particular quality we look for is if we can sell it. If I couldn’t sell my sister Geraldine on a whisky, I wouldn’t get it. She doesn’t have to like it, just agree with the reasoning for getting it in.

How knowledgeable are your customers?
Our customers cover all levels of knowledge, from the visitor to Scotland who feels they must try a Scotch while in the country, to the group of Swedes who have us up and down the ladders with a dozen different suggestions before we find a whisky that fits their request that they haven’t tried already.

What is your position on no age statement whiskies?
We have no position as such; they have been on sale for a long time, from the old Tamdhu to Johnnie Walker Blue Label.