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Scotland's whiskies important part of its history

By Rick Steves

This article was published July 8, 2018 at 2:13 a.m.

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Workers at Scotland's Speyside Cooperage fashion oak casks for aging Scotch whisky.

The picturesque seaside town of Oban, on Scotland's west coast, grew up around its distillery, which was founded in 1794.

When I was in Scotland recently updating my guidebook, I came to a sobering conclusion -- this is a land of booze geeks. Some of my favorite discoveries have been inviting whisky bars and historic distilleries, run by people evangelical about Scotland's favorite beverage. When it rains -- as it often does -- the showers elicit a cheery "That's tomorrow's whisky!" from the locals.

The picturesque seaside town of Oban, on Scotland's west coast, grew up around its distillery, which was founded in 1794.

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