Dimple whisky or pinch as acknowledged in the USA is the very first scotch whisky from the Haig distilling dynasty. Having being around for over 300 years, it is now part of the story. Records available clearly show that in 1855 Robert Haig was initially called before the Kirk Session for having worked his still on the whiskyyeast.com Sabbath. Before that Robert Haig had in 1627 established a farm at Throsk Stirlingshire. Consequently the year 1627 is considered as the year when Haig got into distilling. Haig’s migrated to Newbiggin and Orchard and continued to be there before the end of the eighteenth century, All of this when he continued to distil.
Robert Haig’s great-great grandson, John Haig, married Margaret Stein in the year 1751. The Stein’s had set up distilleries at Kilbagie and Kennetpans in Clackmanshire. Just about all the five sons of James Haig got into the business and learned distilling and of the five, four continued to establish their own distilleries in several parts of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
The Haig’s handed over the art of distilling fine whisky throughout the generations and the majority of the descendents of Robert Haig’s owned and managed distilleries. John Haig started a distillery in Edinburgh in 1824 at Cameronbridge and his son John was initially the first to apply a new system of mixing, this in the year 1870 and by the end of the 1800s they had mastered the fine art of producing whisky.
At present, Pinch or dimple Whisky is seen in the homes of the wealthy and in the priciest of bars and restaurants around the world. People that have fine taste and take pleasure in fine whisky prefer the rare quality of dimple whisky. Pinch maintains the high quality continuously and in the year 1987 it won the gold medal in the Deluxe blended category at the International Wine and Spirit competition.
It is very easy to distinguish pinch or dimple whisky. Dimple whisky comes in a triangular bottle with a wire net wrapped around it. This attractive container has been available for centuries and the wire mesh is applied by hand. The wire mesh appeared to be initially present to prevent the cork from coming off during rough weather at sea.
As important as the bottle is the pinch decanter. Many a homes use it as a decorative item longer soon after the whisky has been consumed. It is not surprising that the uniquely shaped pinch bottle was the first bottle to be copyrighted in the USA in 1958.
All in All dimple whisky is enjoyed by whisky lovers right across the world and it is also considered as the perfect surprise and to give it to someone you love, take pleasure in, and respect. There is not any top bar in Europe or USA or for that matter on this planet that does not serve dimple Scotch whisky on the menu. This is a tribute to Robert Haig and his descendants who began it all.