is Outlander star Sam Heughan about to bring out his own whisky ?

Sam Heughan has been teasing a number of announcements as of late, and one of them included the development of his own whisky. He teased it briefly in an interview this week on This Morning, and earlier today he released a little more news in the form of a name: Great Glen Company.

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In the post below via his official Twitter, you can see the announcement of the name alongside the notice that “Great Glen is Coming.” The development of a whisky brand is certainly not something that happens overnight, so obviously this has been planned out for a while. Also, what better time to make said announcement than World Whisky Day? It’s a great way to get some attention out there on the brand before the launch, whenever that may be.

With a name like Great Glen, it’s pretty clear that the brand is meant to be a celebration of Scotland. The Great Glen is a famous rift valley / fault line that runs through much of Scotland, and there is also a famous pathway entitled the Great Glen Way that goes along with it. Developing a whisky that reflects Scotland is clearly important, and this also helps to tie it in more with Outlander and the show’s devoted fans. Without ever mentioning or even referencing the show, the idea invokes a similar reaction. After all, Outlander fans would be a key marketing base for the product.

Heughan is not the first television star to be involved in a line of specialty beverages / spirits. Here in North America Arrow star Stephen Amell is heavily involved in Nocking Point, which is primarily a winery but also markets a number of other products. Doing this sort of thing is a way to further expand your business portfolio, while also exploring something else you have a passion for. Sam’s love of whisky is pretty well-documented at this point so this feels like the perfect endeavor for him to take on. The thing that continues to impress us is how he can juggle this with the show, charity work, and other ventures — it’s the end result of having focus and a good team around you.

Outlander Jamie , actor Sam Heughan , meets Holly Willoughby on This Morning

HOLLY Willoughby could barely contain her excitement as she met Outlander actor Sam Heughan on today’s show.

The This Morning presenter, 37, is a huge fan of the hit TV show, in particular the hunky star, who plays Jamie Fraser in the series.

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 Holly Willoughby was smitten with Sam Heughan

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Holly Willoughby was smitten with Sam Heughan

Squealing with delight, she told him: “I will try and control myself!”

She then proceeded to ask him a series of questions about the upcoming fourth series, while Phillip Schofield sat back, clearly amused.

At the end of the interview she stood up as Phillip took a picture of them – unable to hide huge smile.

Holly gushed: “So nice to meet you.”

Those watching at home found the whole interaction very funny and took to Twitter to comment on it.

 Phillip took a picture of them after the interview

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Phillip took a picture of them after the interview
 Holly had a lot of questions for her favourite actor

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Holly had a lot of questions for her favourite actor 

One person wrote: “Holly’s dream just came true and Phil had to drag out a photo with Sam Heughan #ThisMorning.”

Another added: “Love watching Holly fan girl over @SamHeughan . To be fair he is an absolute dream 😍 #ThisMorning.”

While someone else Tweeted: “#thismorning Holly, wipe the dribble off your lip you.”

 Sam has played the role in Outlander since 2014

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Sam has played the role in Outlander since 2014

 

 The actor is best known for his role in Outlander

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The actor is best known for his role in Outlander

Sam, 38, is a Scottish actor best known for his role in Outlander, which he joined in 2013.

The show, which is based on a series of  bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon,  follows Jamie’s romance with the World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) as she travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.

Outlander star Sam Heughan heads for the hills in Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland

Outlander star Sam Heughan has headed for the hills in his latest TV appearance.

He explains his love of the great outdoors to Cameron McNeish for Take a Hike on BBC Two Scotland.

The actor, who grew up in Dumfries and Galloway, said it was a passion which had been with him as long as he could remember.

He said that returning to Scotland to film Outlander had rekindled his desire to enjoy its countryside.

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Image captionHeughan said filming for Outlander in Scotland had made him “fall in love” with the country

“I was born and raised in a place called New Galloway, on the grounds of a derelict castle,” he said.

“It was a great childhood.

“I know I am very fortunate but I got to be outdoors all the time with my imagination and play a lot out there – I think that’s probably where my love of acting came from.

“The whole area was kind of my play park where there were really no boundaries and I think that discovery and excitement as a kid definitely has transferred into why I like coming to remote places.”

The return to his homeland for his acting career took him back to those memories.

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Where did Sam Heughan grow up?

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Image captionThe town is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park

New Galloway lies on the west side of the valley of the Water of Ken a mile north of the end of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway.

It is largely built around a single north-south High Street that climbs up through town and has a location on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park that gives it a “wonderful air of seclusion”.

The town as seen today dates back to planned development by Viscount Kenmure in the early 1600s, followed by the granting of burgh status in 1630.

But settlement in the area goes back much further with nearby Kenmure Castle fought over in the late 1200s.

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Image captionThe actor said his childhood in New Galloway had inspired both his acting and his love of the outdoors

“I moved back to Scotland to shoot Outlander and go to all these amazing locations all over Scotland and it made me fall in love with the country that I knew from my childhood,” he said.

His first climbing experience as an adult was not such a success when he slipped and fell on Ben Lomond.

However, he said that was part of the excitement for him

“I think the challenge of climbing is certainly a part of why I do it,” he said.

“It’s like you’re an adventurer, you’re maybe the first person to ever be here and that’s what I love about the mountains.

“You can get to them quite easily and before you know it you feel like you’re the first man to ever climb here.

“To me, it’s something inside you, something inside your bones, it’s a real connection to the land.”

Take A Hike – A History of Scottish Walking is on BBC Two Scotland on 16 May at 19:00.

Outlander star is to join a panel of speakers at a first of-its-kind event in Glasgow

TedX, which organises inspirational talks and speakers across the world, is to hold an event for 12 to 26-year-olds in Scotland.

It is to coincide with the Year of Young People, 2018, and will see more than 2000 young people descend on Glasgow at the end of this month.

Some of the speakers will include Outlander actor John Hunter Bell and Mollie Hughes, who was the youngest Brit to climb Mount Everest.

The theme is “Open Mind: Switch It Up And Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone” which aims to encourage people to discover their full potential.

Outlander castles tour

The Outlander TV series has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic ,  with much of the series shot in Scotland . Three castles and the town of Falkland feature heavily. This our selection of unique Outlander castles featuring the film locations in Scotland on our Outlander castles tour .

Doune Castle – Castle Leoch

doune castle , outlanderOriginally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan.
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
Doune has appeared several times on screen and was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.

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Linlithgow Palace – Wentworth Prison

Linlithgow Palace photos , 44 printThis royal pleasure palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the show.
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

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Blackness Castle – Fort William army headquarters

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One of Scotland’s most impressive strongholds, Blackness Castle near Linlithgow was used as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
The 15th-century ex-artillery fortress overlooks the Firth of Forth and is known as “the ship that never sailed” due to its unusual shape.
It was built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons.

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