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The Whisky Association Reel

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THE WHISKY ASSOCIATION REEL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Wilma Miller Ladies of Dunse

1- 8 1s set advancing and turn RH to face 2s diagonally nearer hands joined, 1s+2s set and turn (Men RH, Ladies LH) into centre for Poussette
9-16 1s+2s dance Poussette 1s ending in middle for Double Triangles
17-24 2s+1s+3s dance Double Triangles 1s ending in 2nd place own sides
25-32 ½ reels of 3 across, 1L with 2s and 1M with 3s, 1s pass LSh to dance ½ reels across with other couple

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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This dance, The Whisky Association Reel, was published in the booklet "The Ladies Of Dunse", a collection of dances from Duns and district published by The Duns and district branch of the RSCDS in 1995.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is a trade organisation that represents the Scotch whisky industry. Established in 1942 and later becoming a limited company in 1960, is a vital trade organization representing the Scotch whisky industry. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the SWA's membership includes key players such as Diageo and Chivas Brothers, collectively representing over 95% of Scotch whisky production.

The association's primary purpose is to promote, protect, and advocate for the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and globally. It emphasizes responsible drinking campaigns akin to the Portman Group, seeking to curb excessive alcohol consumption. Notably, the SWA played a role in a legal challenge against the Scottish government's minimum alcohol pricing policy, with an unsuccessful outcome in the UK's Supreme Court.

Scotch whisky, a cornerstone of the Scottish economy, achieved exports totaling £4.7 billion in 2018, showcasing the industry's significant economic impact. Whisky tourism has also flourished, with distilleries ranking as the third most visited attractions in Scotland. In 2018, 2 million visits were recorded, marking a 6.1% increase over 2017 and a remarkable 56% rise since 2010. This surge in tourism has not only benefited distilleries but also contributed substantially to local economies, particularly in remote, rural areas.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism, and External Affairs, acknowledges the positive impact of whisky tourism, emphasizing the Scottish Government's commitment to collaboration with entities like the Scotch Whisky Association to enhance Scotland's tourism appeal and encourage more visits to distilleries.

Front cover of The Ladies Of Duns booklet
Miss Margaret Rae And Wilma Miller, "The Ladies Of Dunse" Booklet


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