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Whisky

This is the story of one of Scotland's most famous products. Johnnie Walker is recognised in nearly every corner of the world as the leading brand name for Scotch Whisky, and for over a hundred years a major international business. It is the main reason why the name Kilmarnock is more widely known than many towns ten times its size. The spread of whisky blending southwards in the 18th Century was due to the Government placing heavy taxes on imported wines and spirits. Whisky was a cheaper and indigenous substitute for brandy. The rise of smuggling in southern Scotland and the subsequent career of Robert Burns as an exciseman was a result of the same situation.

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