What's in a name?

Stag's Breath is a link with the Forty-five - or '41, to be precise: 1941, when the SS Politician ran aground in a February gale off the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides.

whiskygaloreHer principal cargo was whisky - 50,000 cases, it is said: "Highland Gold and Highland Heart, Tartan Milk and Tartan Perfection, Bluebell, Northern Light ... Stag's Breath."

The tale was immortalised by Sir Compton Mackenzie in Whisky Galore, from whom we learn that the last-mentioned brand was one "particularly favoured by the inhabitants of the two Toddays in the good old days of plenty."

History does not relate what made Stag's Breath so special; however, it is safe to assume that its contemporary namesake is an altogether different 'cratur'. If whisky is ever 'mere', this is no 'mere' whisky.

It is a miraculous blend including fine Speyside whiskies and fermented heather honey-comb, which is now finding favour amongst discriminating drinkers far beyond the shores of Todday.

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