Just a Drop toasts whisky distillery record

World Whisky Day founder, Blair Bowman, has completed The Great Whisky Distillery Challenge, setting a record for the number of whisky distilleries visited in one day.

In 17 hours, he and a team of supporters visited 60 distilleries on May 15, beginning at the Balblair distillery in Ross-shire and ending at the Aberfeldy distillery in Perthshire.

The challenge was in support of the international water development charity Just a Drop, which works with communities to deliver accessible, clean, safe water.

A collection of bottles from the distilleries will be the main prize in a draw taking place on June 2.

Bowman (pictured right) said: “All the money raised from the raffle is going to Just a Drop, which brings clean water to some of the poorest communities in the world.

“The word ‘whisky’ means ‘water of life’ in Gaelic, so it felt like a fitting challenge. We’re hopeful that it will help raise a lot of money for such a deserving cause.”

The idea for the challenge came from Willie Wallace (pictured left), who has been running whisky tours in Scotland for 20 years.

“It’s been many years in the planning. With the amazing support of the distillers and our other sponsors, we can hopefully make a difference to the fantastic work of Just a Drop,” he said.

Scottish Routes, a tour company based in Edinburgh, has also donated two four-day whisky tours for two people to Speyside as additional prizes.

Ten more raffle winners will receive copies of Bowman’s new book, The Pocket Guide to Whisky.

Fiona Jeffery, founder and chairman of Just a Drop, commented: “The more money raised, the more communities we can support by providing access to one of life’s absolute necessities: a supply of clean water, which empowers people to lead healthier, safer and more productive lives, so please dig deep and support this great event.

“As a fellow Scot and founder of a water charity, I also couldn’t be more proud for Just a Drop to be associated with this awesome challenge.”

For details of the challenge, click here.