Does anyone know where the Scottish tradition (and sometimes Japanese too) of naming distilleries after geographic places came from? In my head I'd always assumed that some farmer in Lagavulin was making whisky in the cow shed and might just write 'Lagavulin' on the bottle to distinguish it from the next farm and help his customers find him, However, the more I think about it, the more that idea feels too easy or obvious. If I were a distiller, I'd much rather put my name or farm name on the bottle than the nearest village.

Posted by Chris Ratcliff at 2024-02-22 15:41:28 UTC