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Blue Bell - Sunday Papers Club PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday Papers Club - We have to pick up our papers for Sundays and we could pick up yours too!

Would you be interested in getting your Sunday papers from here at 12 noon?

Let us know at the bar or email and we'll explain the plan.

Benromach 100 Proof (I) PDF Print E-mail
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altBenromach 100 ProofThis lovely Benromach 100 proof 10 year old whisky is a beautiful golden amber single malt. Take a few small inhalations to start to enjoy the aroma without water. It has an intense Sherry nose with heaps of stewed apple, pear and delightful vanilla pod aromas... delicious toasted malt aromas develop and complement an underlying menthol edge. Now take a sip and savour the taste without water... there’s cracked black pepper with juicy fresh strawberry and raspberry... hints of orange peel and milk chocolate combine with a delicate smoky edge.

Add a smidge of water to release your dram of 100 ̊ Proof and enjoy the aroma with water... it’s fabulous, with initial hints of beeswax polish and peat smoke... followed by sweeter aromas developing with ripe banana and kiwi bound together by honey. Now for the taste with water. Roll it around your palate and enjoy the sweet and salty effect with ripe banana and blackcurrant flavours. Notice the emerging creamy milk chocolate edge with a long rich finish of lingering subtle smokiness and bonfire embers. [well, at least that's what they say at the distillery!]

Benromach distillery was founded in 1898 by Duncan MacCallum, of Glen Nevis Distillery in Campbeltown, and FW Brickmann, a spirit broker of Leith. It was designed by Charles Doig, the noted Elgin architect who was responsible for several other Speyside distilleries. Its original buildings were modernised in 1966, and extended in 1974 and 1998.

The distillery has had a chequered career, with several changes of ownership and dormant periods, the last closure being in 1983 when all the distillation equipment was removed. Happily, it was rescued in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail, the Elgin whisky merchants, and production commenced again in 1998.

Benromach's whitewashed buildings and tall red brick chimney create a striking local landmark in the lush arable landscape of the Laich of Moray on the northern edge of Forres. Process water is drawn from the Romach Hills and Chariot barley is supplied lightly-peated to order. Benromach operates a large stainless steel mash tun, 4 larch washbacks and 2 traditional steam-heated stills. The stills are shorter than most to distil a full, rich spirit, and are currently producing about 0.5 million litres a year. The malt whiskies are matured in traditional dunnage warehouses using new Spanish sherry casks, while the whisky for use in blends is matured in American oak bourbon barrels and refill sherry casks.

Benromach "Traditional" Speyside Malt whisky was the first to be produced by the new distillery, and contrasts with the whiskies distilled under the previous management which are also available. Benromach malt whiskies have won several awards in international competitions.

Bottled at the old Imperial measure which equals 57% alcohol volume. A combination of 80% bourbon and 20% sherry casks for the first 9 years, then finished for one year in sherry casks.

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Blair Athol 1997 (C) PDF Print E-mail
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Blair Athol One of Scotland's oldest working distilleries; Blair Athol is located in the picturesque Highland town of Pitlochry. Drawing its water from the Allt Dour Burn (burn of the otter), Blair Athol was established in 1798. At that time the distillery was named "Aldour" - after the water source. 

Connoisseurs Choice Blair AtholThe new venture did not last long, however, probably due to the heavy excise on malt whisky levied by the government, so the distillery closed. In 1826 it was revitalised by Alexander Connacher, before being taken over by MacKenzie company. In 1933 Blair Athol was acquired by Arthur Bell & Sons who are now a subsidiary of Diageo.  Blair Athol is a cruicial part of the Bells blend and takes 98% of its stock but is a wonderful single malt in its own right.

From Gordon & Macphail:

In the mid-1960s Gordon & MacPhail took the unprecedented step of launching a range of single malts under the brand name 'Connoisseurs Choice'. Until this time, many of the whiskies the range featured would not have been available as single malt. Today, Connoisseurs Choice retains this exclusive nature with a range of rare and sought after single malts from distilleries throughout Scotland

COLOUR: Pale Gold.

BODY: Light to Medium.

FINISH: Medium in length.

CASK TYPE: Refill Bourbon Barrels

STYLE: Fruity highland malt

AROMA WITHOUT WATER: Sweet vanilla with tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, mango and banana. An underlying hint of toasted malt develops.

TASTE WITHOUT WATER: Black pepper with green apple and pear flavours initially. Citrus elements develop, orange and lime, with a creamy milk chocolate edge.

AROMA WITH WATER: Hints of blueberry, cranberry and vanilla pod initially. A delicate toasted malt and menthol edge develops.

TASTE WITH WATER: Vanilla with strawberry and kiwi flavours. These are complimented by a sweet cocoa butter edge.

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Geocaching, the new game / sport with a GPS on the Mountain PDF Print E-mail
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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the geocaching.comworld by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices (like the iPhone, Nokia, Garmin and other GPS devices). The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online (there's an introductory leaflet here). Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.Geocache Badges from Badge Planet

Halkyn Mountain supports a number of Geocaches and if you join geocaching.com you will be able to start to partake in this up and coming sport / past-time / hobby while getting out into the fresh air and enjoying yourself. Here is a great link to help get you started and another great one hereand trying not to loose your buddies while splitting up for a search, you may find this helpful. Why not try and find our first Cache here?

Cache In Trash OutWe would welcome you at the Blue Bell Inn to use the facilities, park up and start your search. Note that we are supporters of Cache In Trash Out which is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world.

All the geocaches in our patch If you are a member of geocaching.com (it's free) you can get a list of all the geocaches in our patch by clicking this link or in map form here.

Halkyn Mountain is an urban common which means you can walk freely across it. However, please take great care near old mine workings as the common is covered with vertical mine shafts in various stages of repair. Please report any re-opened shafts to the Grosvenor Estate Office at 01244 684400.

Try different search criteria for the Electronics or Books box below, e.g. GPS, geocache, N96, iPhone, etc.

We were sent a great geography resource which unfortunately (when we tested it) didn't link from the UK so we're reproducing it here and hope all the links work ok for you...

Information from www.thesnugg.com

Geography Resources for Mapping, GIS, Smartphones and More!


  1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): This resource discusses the basics of geographic information systems.
  2. What is GIS?: An introduction to Geographic Information Systems is provided.
  3. GIS: Geographic Information Systems are covered in detail within this guide.
  4. Questions a GIS Can Answer: Geographic Information Systems can be difficult to understand; this website answers questions about GIS.
  1. GIS Data: Geographic Information System data comes in many forms, such as layered, 2-D, and 3-D. The specifics of GIS data are explained in this resource.
  2. Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems(PDF): In this document, both GIS and GPS technology are explained in a manner that is easily understood for beginners.
  3. GIS or GPS? A Comparison: GIS and GPS technology have some similar technology, which is discussed here.
  4. GPS or GIS: What's the Difference?(PDF): This document examines the differences between Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems.
  5. The History of GPS: The history of Global Positioning Systems is presented here in a timeline format.
  6. How Does GPS Work?: Global Positioning Systems tell people their exact locations on Earth. This Q&A guide answers questions about how the GPS technology works to bring information to users.
  7. Understanding the Global Positioning System (GPS): Many people use GPS technology on a daily basis; reading this article gives users a better understanding of how the technology works to provide their GPS services.
  8. GPS Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about Global Positioning Systems are common; this FAQ tackles the most common ones.
  9. GPS and Mathematical Basis: Global Positioning Systems are fueled by technology that is backed by mathematical data; this article discusses the specifics of the technology.
  10. GPS: A New Constellation: The Air and Space Museum examines GPS technology and takes a look at navigation methods in history.
  11. Satellite Navigation System: In this detailed overview, satellite navigation systems such as GPS are discussed.
  12. GPS 101(PDF): This document discusses all of the technologies behind GPS and provides many charts and diagrams as well.

Maps and Mapping

  1. Online Mapping: With the use of this website, users can view and navigate maps online.
  2. Maps, Imagery, Publications: Map information and a tool to make interactive maps are both included on this website.
  3. National Map: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers several mapping services, including a tool that enables individuals to create their own maps.
  4. Community Mapping: For those wishing to create community maps, this is a great detailed tutorial that explains how to go about community mapping.
  5. History of Map Making: Map-making before technology such as GIS/GPS and remote sensing was very different from how maps are made today. This informational article takes a look at map-making throughout history.

Remote Sensing

  1. Remote Sensing Methods: The methods for remote sensing are discussed on this website.
  2. What is Remote Sensing?: Remote sensing is unfamiliar to many; this resource explains the technology and its uses.
  3. Remote Sensing 101: Remote sensing is a science that focuses on gathering information about areas through the use of satellites or aircraft. This website further explains how remote sensing takes place.
  4. Remote Sensing Scientist: This article discusses those who specialize in remote sensing science.
  5. Introduction to Remote Sensing: The basic concepts of remote sensing, including technologies and concepts, are examined here.
  6. Fundamentals of Remote Sensing: A detailed diagram explaining the fundamentals of remote sensing is provided by the Natural Resources Department of Canada.
  7. Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS(PDF): Remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology often work together to produce results. Experts at Yale University provide a glossary of terms as well as explain how the two technologies function.
  8. Satellite Remote Sensing(PDF): A compilation of charts and diagrams by experts in the field explain everything there is to know about satellite remote sensing.
  9. Image Processing and Remote Sensing(PDF): In this document, the fundamentals of image processing in relation to remote sensing are explained.

General Geography Resources

  1. Human Geography: People, places, and things related to human geography are addressed on this website.
  2. Geographical Association: The Geographical Association provides information about current geographical issues and concerns.
  3. Geography Teaching Resources: Resources for teachers to assist with teaching geography to students have been complied and are featured here.
  4. Geography of Jobs and Jobs in Geography: Information about employment issues, job resources, and business opportunities for those who are in the geography field is given here.
  5. What is Geography?: Geography is defined as the study of the physical features of Earth as well as human activity. A more in-depth explanation of the make-up of geography is given within this resource.
  6. Introduction to Geography: This website provides basic information about geography for beginners.
  7. Five Themes of Geography(PDF): There are five main themes of geography, according to experts at California State University Stanislaus. This document covers each theme, from Location to Human/Environment Interaction.
  8. Geography(PDF): Students wishing to pursue an education as a geography major will find this document discussing geographical education and career paths helpful.
  9. The Nature of Geographic Data(PDF): In this document, keywords, concepts and major points of geographical data, such as spatial variation, are outlined.
  10. What is Geography?: Geography experts at Marshall University explain the basics of geography.
Glenfarclas 105 (C) PDF Print E-mail
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altGlenfarclas (The valley of the green grassland) Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside is one of the few to have remained in private ownership since it was first licensed in 1836 by Robert Hay the tenant of the Recherlich Farm, Ballindalloch. It was purchased from Hay in 1865 by John Grant for £511.19s.0d on the 8th of June 1865, the founder of the Grant dynasty of six generations to have distilled whisky here. The distillery stands in beautiful rolling meadows, drawing its soft water from the Green Burn that flows from Ben Rinnes over granite and through heather into the valley.

Glenfarclas105George S. Grant, the fourth member of the Grant dynasty, served as Chairman for a remarkable 52 years and carried out many major improvements and innovations. He laid down substantial stocks from 1952 onwards, was amongst the first distillers to establish a wood policy in the early 1960s, and also substantially modernized the distillery. Thanks to his efforts, Glenfarclas has an uninterrupted series of "Family Casks" from 1952 to the present day, the longest vertical tasting of whisky anywhere in the world which allows for detailed research on the effects of long-term cask maturation.

The distillery operates a stainless steel Lauter mash tun, 12 stainless steel washbacks and 6 stills. The stills are amongst the largest on Speyside, with the big wash still holding nearly 30,000 litres.  Glenfarclas malt whiskies are now aged mainly in oloroso sherry casks, using a mixture of first-fill and refill, although this has not always been the case. This contributes to the malt's pronounced sherry character, particularly in the younger malts where new sherry casks have been used.

Colour: Deep peaty-gold.

Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.

Flavour: Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.

Finish: Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming and with a lingering smokiness, yet very rounded.

Comment: A great whisky holding all the flavours of all the Glenfarclas in one glass. Being so warming, this is the perfect Hogmanay dram. Don't be afraid of the strength and order a 210, if you dare!

The smoothness makes the 105 drinkable at cask strength, but they suggest adding a little water to fully explore its great depth.

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