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“The Father of Blending” honoured in Edinburgh

From the start of May, The Scotch Whisky Experience will be playing host to a new display honouring “The Father of Blending” and one of Edinburgh’s most famous sons, Andrew Usher of Andrew Usher and Co.

Brought together as part of the upcoming Edinburgh 101 project, the new display will comprise examples of Usher’s OVG and Green Stripe whiskies – two of Usher’s most famous creations.

It will also feature samples of the brand’s retro advertising from the early 1900s and nineteenth century photography featuring the people behind the whisky’s production.

Andrew Usher and Co, the great Scotch whisky blending house of Edinburgh, was founded in 1813, and was one of the foremost whisky companies of its time. Andrew Usher (1785-1855) was a prominent Scottish brewer who experimented with blending whiskies in the 1840s, but it was his son Andrew Usher II who perfected this skill and became known as “The Father of Blending”.

Andrew Usher II went on to found North British Distillery and, just a few years prior to his death in 1898, he donated £100,000 to the city of Edinburgh to fund the construction of the Usher Hall, which today hosts orchestras, concerts and stage productions from all over the world.

Susan Morrison, director and general manager of The Scotch Whisky Experience, said: “Andrew Usher II was instrumental in bringing Scotch whisky to the world and putting Edinburgh on the map. Bringing together this unique set of artefacts will show our visitors the important part Usher and his blending house played in the development of the Scotch whisky industry in the latter half of the 19th century.

“Our upgraded Sense of Scotland tour has also seen us recreate a 19th century Blender’s Sample Room, which allows us to bring the art and history of blending to life for all our visitors.”

The collection has been brought together by Diageo head archivist, Christine McCafferty, with supporting materials coming from the Diageo Global Archive in Clackmannanshire. The bottles themselves form part of The Diageo Claive Vidiz Scotch Whisky Collection which has been on permanent display at The Scotch Whisky Experience since 2009.

It has been brought together at part of Edinburgh 101 – a year-long project which aims to tell the history of the city in one hundred and one individual objects.

The display can be viewed by all visitors taking any of the tour experiences at The Scotch Whisky Experience from 1 May 2017, for 12 month duration.

 For more information, log-on to www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk or call 0131 220 0441.

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