The Chancellor George Osborne has been tasting whisky at a 150-year-old business in Berwick-upon-Tweed, as he announced a programme of investment for rural businesses.
He chose to make the announcement at Simpson's Malt, which has invested £90m in its malting businesses over the last 30 years.
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