The return of the Open Championship to St Andrews has been marked by the commissioning of a collection of three whiskies named The Spirits of St Andrews.
Ceres Inn proprietor, Lennox Harrower, has launched his own tribute to mark the return of the Open Championship to St Andrews by commissioning a collection of three whiskies named The Spirits of St Andrews.
The series of three 10-year-old single malt whiskies celebrate some of golf’s most iconic figures who have tasted victory at the Home of Golf. Coming from three of the major distilling areas of Scotland – Islay, Speyside and Highland, each whisky enjoys its own distinctive flavour and identity.
The whiskies are named The Original “Big Three”, Modern Day American Champions and Three Popular Past Champions. Fourth generation St Andrean, local golf historian and artist David Joy (better known as the man who plays Tom Morris!) has designed and drawn the sketches of the famous golfers who appear on the labels and cartons.
The “Big Three” features Tom Morris Senior and Junior as well as the world’s first golf professional, Allan Robertson. All three are buried in the grounds of St Andrews Cathedral. “Three Popular Champions” showcases Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Bobby Jones. “Recent American Champions” features Tony Lema, Jack Nicklaus, John Daly and Tiger Woods. Notes on each golfer’s triumphs and links with St Andrews are depicted on the cartons.
Lennox Harrower, a born and bred St Andrean, has been the proprietor of the Ceres Inn for the past seven years. Last year he launched a special whisky to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Ceres Highland Games. He said, “Combining my love of whisky and golf with the unique story of St Andrews was an obvious progression from last year. I’m delighted with the response so far from the trade and hope to see the collection available across Fife and beyond. Obviously, it will also have pride of place in the Ceres Inn.”
Ann Camus, Fife Tourism Partnership manager, said, “Congratulations to Lennox on the launch of his series of whiskies. This is the perfect way to celebrate golf in Fife with its many historical connections as well as celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. We know how important local food and drink is to visitors so I am sure that the Spirits of St Andrews will be a great success as a wonderful collector’s item and also as a fine dram to enjoy.”
The whiskies will be available towards the end of May.
The Spirits of St Andrews www.spiritsofstandrews.co.uk
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