Dimple whisky or pinch as it is known in the USA is the oldest scotch whisky from the Haig distilling dynasty. Having being around for over 300 years it is now a part of history. Records available show that in 1855 Robert Haig was summoned before the Kirk Session for having worked his still on the Sabbath. Prior to that Robert Haig had in 1627 established a farm at Throsk Stirlingshire. Therefore the year 1627 is considered as the year when Haig got into distilling. Haig’s moved to Newbiggin and Orchard and remained there till the end of the eighteenth century, all this while he continued to distil.
Robert Haig’s great-great grandson, John Haig, married Margaret Stein in the year 1751. The Stein’s had dounded distilleries at Kilbagie and Kennetpans in Clackmanshire. All the five sons of James Haig got into the business and learnt distilling and of the five four went on to establish their own distilleries in various parts of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
The Haig’s passed on the art of distilling fine whisky through the generations and most descendents of Robert Haig’s owned and operated distilleries. John Haig opened a distillery in Edinburgh in 1824 at Cameronbridge and his son John was the first to use a new method of blending, this in the year 1870 and by the end of the 1800s they had mastered the fine art of making whisky.
Today Pinch or dimple Whisky is found in the homes of the affluent and in the priciest of bars and restaurants all over the world. People that have good taste and appreciate fine whisky prefer the rare quality of dimple whisky. Pinch maintains the high quality consistently 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 around for centuries and the wire mesh is applied by hand. The wire mesh was 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 long after the whisky has been consumed. It is no surprise that the uniquely shaped pinch bottle was the first bottle to be patented in the USA in 1958.
All in all dimple whisky is loved by whisky lovers all over the world and it is also considered as a perfect gift to give someone you love, appreciate, and respect. There is no top bar in Europe or USA or for that matter in the world that does not have dimple Scotch whisky on the menu. This is a tribute to Robert Haig and his descendants who started it all.