Copper to Cask

Introducing the Cairns Scotch Whisky Liqueur, a long held dream of our founder, George Cairns. As a young Coppersmith, building distilleries all over Scotland ,his love of Whisky began. Fast forward throughout many years in Whisky, Engineering and Education his dream of starting his own Whisky business took flight and became a reality. We can now introduce Cairns Scotch Whisky Liqueur; a tempting fusion of Blended Scotch Malt Whisky, Highland Heather Honey and succulent Elderberries.



In 1363, William De Carnys was the owner of the Baronies of East and West Whitburn, in Linlithgow. A man of considerable importance, the son of Duncan De Carnys and the constable of Linlithgow Palace.


The Cairns Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Mary Queen of Scots was born on the 8th of December 1542 at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland, to King James V and his French wife, Mary of Guise. She was said to be born prematurely and the only legitimate child of James to survive him. She was the Great Niece of King Henry VIII of England. As her paternal grandmother, Margaret Tudor, was Henry VIII’s sister. On the 14th of December , six days after her birth, she became Queen of Scotland when her father died, perhaps from nervous collapse following the Battle of Solway Moss, or from drinking contaminated water while on campaign.

The young Mary spent much of her early life in France and returned after the death of her husband Francis on the 14th August 1561. The crossing was unpleasant and the weather was not great when they landed in Leith. Mary was tired and weak from the journey but was looking forward to a wee Dram of the Secret Elixir that had been created as a tonic many years before. The elderberries, honey and secret herbs coupled with “the water of life” . The recipe and a few bottles were smuggled over from France.

The liqueur that would be gifted to the descendants of William De Carnys, is now recreated for you as The Cairns Scotch Whisky Liqueur.