Still Waters Run Deep

The finest Scotch whisky flows like liquid gold in Scotland. Thanks to Diageo’s private client experience, The Rake had access to some of the most exclusive and historic drams you can find — in locations to match.

You know it’s a good one when it warms you down to your toes,” my driver says as we snake back to Inverness airport after an invigorating stay at Links House in the Scottish Highlands. “Indeed, you do,” I reply, still tingling from wisps of a 1984 Talisker. I had just spent a faultless few days as a private client of Diageo, in what might be one of the world’s most exceptional whisky experiences. Let’s rewind: an adventure to discover modern living rarity and a Scotland unseen to many had begun in Edinburgh, where Diageo, drawing on their expertise in the spirits business, have made a foray into city hospitality with the opening of Johnnie Walker Princes Street, the whisky experience space. I stayed at Gleneagles Townhouse, impeccably located in St. Andrew Square in what used to be the home of the Bank of Scotland. The banking hall has been restored to its old glory in the form of The Spence, an airy, palatial brasserie. To understand the rarity of place, time and craft that shapes the best spirits in Scotland requires a journey that immerses and reveals. At Johnnie Walker Princes Street, Diageo private clients are welcomed via a discreet entrance and treated to their own space. Here is where living rarity comes to life, and a client can express their innermost whisky-collecting desires. Should there be something specific you’re seeking — perhaps a notable vintage, or something even more particular; say, the exact bottle of Convalmore that was distilled on a lunar eclipse before the closure of the distillery in 1985 — this is where you voice those desires.


Georgie Fenn


June 2023


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