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The stars of an Amazon Prime show visited Campbeltown last week to film an episode for part two of their acclaimed first series.
Helena Nicklin, Aidy Smith and Colin Hampden-White, known collectively as The Three Drinkers, visited Glen Scotia Distillery to shoot scenes for their show, The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky.
The show is billed as an ‘imbibing adventure’ in which the ‘travelogue trio put spirits and entertainment side by side’.
The hosts described it to the Courier as ‘edutainment’ or ‘infotainment’ and said it is something which is not only for the enjoyment of whisky lovers.
Helena explained that all three, who have 37 years of experience as wine and spirit journalists between them, have been friends for six or seven years, and were sitting in a bar in London when the concept for the show came up.
And they are certainly well qualified to take on the task – Helena writes for various online and luxury print consumer titles such as Savile Row Style Magazine, Clos19, Winerist Magazine and entrepreneurial website TalentedLadies.com; Aidy is the wine and spirits columnist for The Independent and official brand ambassador for Vivino; and Colin worked initially for the Scotsman, The Times and Financial Times, becoming the founding editor of Whisky Quarterly magazine and continuing to write for LUX and Condé Nast.
Helena added: ‘We didn’t expect the series to go so well but that’s why we’re here now, filming a second part.’
She explained that it had taken The Three Drinkers eight months just to get a meeting with a terrestrial television company, but with Amazon Prime, it took only seven months from the initial idea to the series being launched.
While series one is all about whisky, The Three Drinkers told the Courier that potential future series may be about wines, beers or other spirits, but probably always categorised by country or region.
Aidy explained that in Campbeltown, they focused on Glen Scotia’s whisky, adding that they ‘tend to do one main place in each region’.
Asked why Campbeltown was chosen as one of those regions, Aidy said: ‘It’s probably the only place Colin hasn’t been and it’s the whiskiest place in the world, so we had to come here!’
Earlier this year, Glen Scotia launched a campaign to position Campbeltown, which once had more than 30 distilleries, as the ‘whiskiest place in the world’, despite only three distilleries remaining.
Colin said: ‘We’re also going to film a segment where we try some fishing off the sea wall somewhere.’
Helena added: ‘We want to showcase settings, not just the whisky but also the tourism.’
When asked what they thought of Campbeltown, Aidy replied: ‘So far, so good! It’s very picturesque and the food has been amazing – the best we’ve had so far.’
‘The beds are so comfy at the Royal Hotel!’ Helena added. ‘And the scenery is great. I like waking up to the smell of the sea.’
Iain McAlister, Glen Scotia Distillery manager, told the Courier: ‘It was fantastic to see The Three Drinkers in Campbeltown – they seemed to have a great time learning about the rich and varied history of whisky and the town. It was also a privilege to host them at Glen Scotia Distillery and taste a few drams.’
Part one of the series, which is available in 167 countries and territories worldwide, in 39 languages, was filmed in July last year and is currently available on Amazon Prime. Part two is expected to be available in early December. ‘Just in time for Christmas,’ Helena said.