Oban Distillery hands out free drams for International Scotch Day

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Oban Distillery celebrated International Scotch Day by giving away free whisky.

The three-day event, now in its second year, took place on February 9, 10 and 11 to mark the birthday of Alexander Walker – son of John ‘Johnnie’ Walker.

The campaign was created by Diageo, which owns Oban Distillery, to celebrate everything to do with Scotch.

Speaking about the event in Oban, Carol Bennet, brand home manager, said: ‘It’s been really good. This whole week we have been really busy. It’s amazing. There are still lots of people interested in our Oban and how we make it.’

Oban Distillery is currently refurbishing some of its equipment, meaning the full tour is off limits until February 19.

‘Most of our visitor centres are offering free tours,’ Carol added. ‘But because we are in silence – one of the things we are doing is replacing a wash back with a new one.

‘Because of that people can’t take the tour, but Wendy has been doing a mini tour and talk.

‘We are giving them a free dram of Oban of their choice. They are getting to choose one to enjoy and celebrate the day.’

Oban Distillery was last year voted as the Best Visitor Experience in Scotland. The centre won the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) award, beating fellow finalists Blair Castle and Cardhu Distillery.

Oban Distillery might be famous for its whisky, but in its visitors bar upstairs, it also serves cocktails and hot toddies.