Coldstream pub vows to pay up whisky debt

Proprieter of The Besom Inn, Coldstream, Wayne Lewins with the Tweeddale Blend whisky which was resurected in 2010. One of the original windows from the first place it was brewed is behind the bar in a frame with the name J & H Davidson.
Proprieter of The Besom Inn, Coldstream, Wayne Lewins with the Tweeddale Blend whisky which was resurected in 2010. One of the original windows from the first place it was brewed is behind the bar in a frame with the name J & H Davidson.

COLDSTREAM publican Wayne Lewins has given assurances that a payment for an outstanding whisky debt is “on its way”.

His assurance was given after a charge was served on him by sheriff officers engaged to enforce the payment which should have been made over a year ago.

The saga began when Mr Lewins ordered 14 bottles of a special blend to sell in the Besom Inn.

Created from a 100-year-old Coldstream recipe, the decision to sell the whisky in the Besom made headlines in December 2010, but despite the positive publicity Mr Lewins failed to pay the £246 bill in the face of repeated requests from Livingston-based firm Stonedean Ltd.

The failure to pay resulted in a claim against the publican at Glasgow Sheriff Court, which ruled Mr Lewins should pay the original sum plus charges bringing the total to nearly £400.

The ruling was made in November, but Mr Lewins still did not pay up and Stonedean Ltd had to engage sheriff officers to enforce the payment.

This week Mr Lewins told the Berwickshire News that the payment is “on its way”. When asked why it had taken so long, he said it was due to “trading conditions”.

The whisky, called Tweeddale Blend, was originally produced in Coldstream by J&A Davidson, blended by Richard Day, but production ceased on the outbreak of the Second World War as the barley was needed for food.

The recipe was preserved, however, and when it came into the hands of Mr Day’s great grandson Alasdair Day, he instigated an ambitious resurrection project which involved a personal investment of £50,000 before it resulted in the blend returning to Coldstream.