St Margaret’s Whisky

St Margaret’s Church is launching its own limited edition whisky

Just 260 bottles of the cask strength single malt from Auchroisk are available, each signed and numbered.

Members of the church, Angus Findlay (right) and Chris Peel with two of the limited-edition bottles. 

The whisky, chosen unanimously at a blind tasting by a panel of experts, celebrates the life of St Margaret and also honours the church which was once the chapel for Aberlour Orphanage. All profits will go to St Margaret’s, which continues to be a lively place of worship.

Born in about 1043, Margaret married King Malcolm III of Scotland and had considerable religious influence. A Patron Saint of Scotland, she is also the Patron Saint of the homeless, orphans, insane, midwives, penitents, single mothers, reformed prostitutes, step-children and tramps

The orphanage, which was home to some 5000-6000 children, closed in 1967 and all the buildings were pulled down, except the church and clock tower.

Church member Angus Findlay said: “With the departure of the children, the church of course lost most of its congregation. Many old boys and old girls, their relations and descendants visit St Margaret’s, the only part of their childhood home that survives.

“The small congregation believe that they owe it to them to keep this beautiful building in good order. More funds are always required, hence the launch of the whisky.”

 Just 260 bottles of St Margaret’s whisky will be up for grabs.

The tasting notes show luscious fruits on the nose. Hearty Oak spice emerges to balance the initial sweetness, presenting a slowly drying, fruity finish with a hint of dried fruit and nut. Distilled in 2010 and matured in a bourbon cask, it was reracked in a port cask.

The whisky is available to buy from the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie, priced at £85 or direct from either
 Chris Peel (\ 
or Angus Findlay.(

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