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Laphroaig Cairdeas 200 Cask (J) PDF Print E-mail
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Laphroaig waltere awarded Best Single Malt in the World in 2005 by Whisky Magazine.  Each year Laphroaig Master Distiller, John Campbell, handcrafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic).

Released during Fèis Ìle 2015 and marking the distillery's 200th anniversary, for this special edition of Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Distiller John Campbell used 100% floor malted barley (from the distillery's own small malting floor) and used only the two smaller, older stills during distillation! It was matured in ex-bourbon casks for around a dozen years, each blend of Laphroaig Cairdeas is completely unique – something to be savoured with friends old and new. Laphroaig Cairdeas – friendship distilled.

For the technically-minded among you: it's been bottled at 51.5% ABV, is non-chill filtered and is an all natural colour. Here are the official tasting notes on video: YouTube. It's got the distinctive Laphroaig taste but more rounded complex and richer.

Stewed Rhubarb, Huge peat moving into vanilla ice cream and milk chocolaty. Gentle cloves, minty and fresh...
Cairdeas 200 then becomes floral like summer roses, lemon groves and finishes with a long, dry charcoal finish.

A lovely mouth feel and a nice balance, Cairdeas 200 has an initial honey sweetness but becomes dry quickly then creamy and floral, it shows a heavy saltiness and a great liquorice root flavour that really lasts, it then develops into a long, heavy charcoal finish mixing with lemony flavours that really linger on the palate.

Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.

Laphroaig recommend that you add twice as much water as whisky to fully appreciate the taste characteristics of Laphroaig.  Whisky at cask strength may overpower the palate, but adding water will release the rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.

There is more detail on this story here and it'll also tell you why this whisky has won so many awards!

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Nordic Walking

Come and join us as we take on the sport of Nordic Walking.  Come and learn for FREE (and you can borrow our sticks).

We've got you a qualified Nordic Walking instructor who will be providing a free 45min session (including stick loan) every Saturday.

Click this Google Event icon to check some of our on-line how-to videos.

Farmhouse Scrumpy 5.5% PDF Print E-mail
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Farmhouse ScrumpyScrumpy Draught cider is a lovely Welsh medium dry cider 5.5% abv from Gwynt-y-Ddraig in Pontypridd, South Wales. Farmhouse Scrumpy is a golden medium cider with a refreshing apple aroma. Smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness.

Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.

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Penderyn Legend (B) PDF Print E-mail
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Penderyn MadeiraA permanent feature here at the Blue Bell inn Penderyn Welsh Whisky is the single malt whisky that defines Penderyn's 'house style' being distilled in their unique copper pot still, matured in bourbon barrels, finished in rich Madeira wine casks and bottled at premium strength. The whisky is smooth, light in character and softly golden in colour.

At premium strength (46% vol) Penderyn has an exceptionally balanced taste with an aroma of cream toffee and fleetingly of fresh new leather. Then, as the initial sensations fade, the finishing notes of tropical fruits, raisins and vanilla emerge strongly and are long lasting.

A fact perhaps not commonly known is that S A Brain brewed the mash to Penderyn's specification and send it up to the distillery for processing.

This whisky is non-chill filtered and has no added colouring making it a totally natural and true whisky.

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