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The Amber Light
The Amber Light
The Amber Light
94 min • Culture • 2019 • M

In this journey through the lesser-known parts of Scottish whisky culture, we follow spirits writer Dave Broom on his quest to gain a deeper understanding of his national drink. Speaking to key players in all aspects of whisky, this film shows it is an integral part of a wider Scottish culture – rather than just a product – and unpicks some of the myths and half-truths which have adhered themselves to the drink, reclaiming the unheard, the funny, the offbeat and surprising truths that lie beneath. The journey takes us from Glasgow to Islay, to establish why Scotland makes whisky in the first place, its links with the land and medicine, and how today’s farmers are reviving ancient practices. From there, we head north to Speyside, where we tell whisky’s story as it begins to evolve into the spirit we know today. Then it’s on to Fife, with its rich musical community and forward-thinking distillers, before ending in Edinburgh, examining the rich links between Scotch and literature and discussing whisky’s future.

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