Monday, February 02, 2015


James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery is the Scot that most Britons would like to share a dram with, according to a new YouGov poll for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

The research revealed that 22% of people would prefer him as a drinking partner over historical figures and fellow stars from the world of Scottish entertainment, sport and politics.

Poll commissioned by Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival  

Mary Queen of Scots came second in the poll with 9% of the vote, fending off competition from the likes of tennis player Andy Murray (5%), football legend Sir Alex Ferguson (8%) and poet Robert Burns (5%). But there was bad news for former First Minister Alex Salmond – he tied with Britain’s Got Talent singer Susan Boyle for last place in the list of famous drinking companions (3%).

Mr Salmond did not fare much better when respondents were asked to indicate which celebrity – living or dead – they would most like to share a drink with. The poll showed that more people wanted to have a dram with UKIP leader Nigel Farage than the Scots politician.

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of his death, Winston Churchill was found to be the famous figure that most people wanted to sit down and enjoy an alcoholic drink with (7%). The formidable former Prime Minister beat comedian Stephen Fry who took second place (2%) while Elvis Presley was third (2%).

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Chairman, James Campbell, says he can understand why Sir Sean was such a popular choice. He adds: “I suppose he could be compared to a fine single malt – sophisticated, full of flavour, very rich and distinctly Scottish." 

The poll was commissioned by the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, as part of a study into whisky drinking habits ahead of this year’s event. The five-day celebration of Scotland’s national drink, which takes place in the country’s most prolific whisky-producing region, will run this year between April 30th and May 4th.

The festival has grown year on year and last year attracted 27,227 visitors. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale from February 3rd via:

Source: Tricker PR