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The legend of The Bailie Nicol Jarvie and The Red Hot Poker is immortalised in the pages of Sir Walter Scotts epic Rob Roy. Upon entering a Highland Inn, the good Bailie, a respected Glasgow magistrate and Robs cousin, came under threat from a wild, sword wielding Highlander. Finding his own blade rusted to its scabbard through disuse, he seized a Red Hot Poker from the hearth and with great presence of mind, rather than disfigure his opponent, set fire to his New Bonnie Plaid. Unnecessary bloodshed was thus avoided, yet honour was satisfied. This finest of all blended whiskies was born in honour of his most noble character and has been the choice of Officers and Gentlemen since its rise to fame amongst the British military during the Boer War.