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Independent Bottlers ~ Falkland, Fife

Falkland – the true cradle of Scotch Whisky

Saltire Rare Malt is based in Falkland, Fife, and for a reason.

This beautiful Scottish market ’toon’ in the Kingdom of Fife, was built around the 12th century Falkland Palace, and in 1494 saw the first record of Scotch Whisky. King James IV, staying at the Palace, issued the famous order: ‘8 bolls of malt to Friar John Cor, werewith to make the 'water of life’'. This can be considered the birth certificate of Scotch Whisky. 

Saltire Rare Malt is now situated in the market square opposite Falkland Palace. Exactly 530 years after the birth of Scotch whisky, its story has now come full circle.

Who we are

Saltire Rare Malt has grown from a longstanding partnership between founders Nigel Heywood and Keith Rennie. Over three decades, the two friends have collected many fine and rare single malts. This shared passion for the ‘water of life’ has led to the creation of Saltire Rare Malt — a vehicle to share their outstanding collection of Single Malt Whiskies.

Joined by experts from across the industry, the collection boasts curation by Hans & Becky Offringa — 'The Whisky Couple' — and UK & Europe Brand Ambassador, David McCallum.


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UK & Europe


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US & Asia


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The Whisky Couple