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  • 30 May 2014, 0:50

Will And Kate's 'Dram' Scotches Baby Rumours

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been drinking whisky while on a visit to Scotland - possibly scotching rumours the Duchess might be pregnant.

Kate and William sampled a 'dram' of Scotland's national drink while on a tour of the Glenturret distillery, just outside Crieff, Perthshire.

The tour was part of their visit to the Strathearn area of central Scotland.

The couple were appointed the Earl and Countess Strathearn by the Queen after they were married.

At the distillery, they were greeted by a bagpiper and crowds waving flags before being shown round.

When they reached the whisky bar, master blender Gordon Motion talked them through the different brands.

William chose the Alpha Black first, and commented: "That's pretty good."

Kate sipped from a glass of Snow Goose - said to have a lighter flavour and be popular with women - which she said was "very nice" and suggested that William try "the girly one".

The couple were also offered a glass of cask strength Glenturret single malt which prompted the Prince to say "Blimey, it's got a bit of a kick to it," while Kate said it was delicious.

It came after the couple's recent trip to Australia and New Zealand when Kate appeared to quash speculation that she may be expecting a second child by telling wine-makers how she was enjoying being able to drink again after the birth of Prince George.

The Duchess wore a coral and red striped coat by Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders and a dress by Goat.

The outfit was topped off with beige heels, a matching clutch bag and a celtic brooch given to her as a wedding present.

General manager Stuart Cassells presented the couple with a bottle of whisky, personalised with the label "The Famous Streathearns".

He also gave them a cuddly grouse toy for their son, saying: "We didn't want to leave George out."

Established as a single malt distillery in 1775, Glenturret is also blended with other grains and malt whiskies to create The Famous Grouse, one of the world's top five whiskies.

During their tour, the couple officially opened the newly-revamped Famous Grouse Experience visitor attraction.

Mr Cassells said: "They said they liked whisky, both Prince William and Kate.

"We were quite surprised at how many different whiskies they tried. The last whisky they tried was at 57% cask strength."

After bottling their own whisky, the couple attended a civic reception with people from Perthshire, invited for their work in the community.

They had begun the day with a visit to Strathearn Community Campus where they were greeted by crowds of excited locals waving Saltires and Union flags.

While there, the Duke chatted to the crew of Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

The encounter came days after reports suggested the Duke is considering taking a pilot's role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.

John Pritchard, 46, lead paramedic with the SCAA, said: "He never said a thing about it, but I would certainly welcome him on to the team."

Meanwhile, Prince Harry visited the Suffolk Show and a young people's centre in Ipswich. 

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