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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 June, 2005, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Whisky tasting record back home
David 'Robbo' Robertson pouring whisky
David Robertson said the record was back where it belonged
The world record title for the largest whisky tasting has returned home to Scotland.

The record of 1,210 tasters, set in Sweden in 2001, was smashed at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh as 1,661 people enjoyed a dram.

About 100 bottles were used as visitors sampled malts produced by Jon, Mark and Robbo's Easy Drinking Whisky Company.

Brothers Jon and Mark Geary and friend David Robertson set up the company to remove the mystique surrounding whisky.

We had whisky drinkers and first-timers
David Robertson
Easy Drinking Whisky Company

The trio have created a range of whisky brands which they say ditch "tired images of heather, hemlock, fogs and bogs and bagpipes".

Mr Robertson, a former master distiller of The Macallan, said he was "delighted" at beating the Swedish record by 30%.

"When we spotted the world record was set in Sweden we thought 'what a bloody cheek, let's bring it back to Scotland where it belongs', and so we did.

"We had whisky drinkers and first-timers.

"They all had a go, getting through about 100 bottles and a hell of a lot of glasses and, crucially, setting the new world record."


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