Peter Gordon, a member of the family that owns Glenfiddich whisky, has a distinct memory of the workers lined up as he walked into the Scottish distillery the 1970s. They were waiting for a dram of day-old whiskey-the equivalent of a double shot. If they didn’t drink it, they rubbed it into their hands, in the belief that it toughened calluses.
Mr. Gordon was 17 at the time and had just started working at the plant on school holidays and summers. he couldn’t alway drink is dram, he said this week in New york, particular if he was given whiskey made the day before as opposed to one that had been bottled the previous day, after mellowing in an oak cask for years.