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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?

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Tomatin 18yo (C) PDF Print E-mail
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Tomatin is Gaelic for "hill of the juniper bushes", which describes its pretty setting high in the Monadh Liath mountains.  It was built during the Victorian boom of 1897 and expanded from its original 2 stills to 23 stills by 1974. It was then Scotland's largest malt whisky distillery, capable of producing 13 million litres of alcohol a year, but this is no longer the case since some of the stills have been removed.

TomatinThe history of Tomatin can be traced back to the 15th century when drovers would rest here on their journey to market to fill up their whisky flasks from a still alongside the Old Laird's House. While most of the buildings date from the 1970s, some from the original distillery have been retained, including a 19th century dunnage warehouse with blackened stone walls and an earthen floor.

Tomatin is a community as well as a distillery. It is one of the last distilleries to provide housing for its staff and around 25 families live on its 140 acre estate. They form the core of the workforce. It can feel quite remote, living 315 metres above sea level in the mountains, and this sense of isolation contributes to the character of Tomatin by helping to instil a strong sense of family, loyalty, friendship and trust in this unique community.

The distillery has a long and distinguished heritage of producing high quality malt whisky. The workforce takes whisky distilling very seriously indeed - some are the 5th generation of their families to work here. As a team they take pride in their community and in the traditions of distilling. And this pride, together with the passion which is evoked by the heritage, has evolved into an almost tangible spirit of ownership. The local people behind the malt provide it with its Highland pedigree.

Here's what they have to say about it...

Tomatin Distillery, home of the finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is located in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland. Established in 1897, Tomatin (to rhyme with satin) is also one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level.

The soft waters of the Alt-na-Frith (Free Burn) which run clear and pure through the Monadhliath Mountains help to create a Highland Malt with delicate flavours, yet a rich and mellow style. Its undoubted quality and consistency make for a truly fine dram; a proud testimony to the art of distilling.

This world class malt has been aged for a minimum of 18 years and married for a period in distinctive Spanish Oloroso sherry casks to produce an exquisite whisky. This non chill filtered whisky is packed full of flavour and has a velvety smooth mouth feel.

Or so the Tomatin web site says, they go on...

Aroma - Delicious sweet sherry bursts up you, and plateaus with undertones of fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and a hint of smoky heather.

Palate – Sweet and honeyed at first, with an oaky edge. Develops in the mouth with a bite of citrus and a hint of dark chocolate.

Finish – Long, sweet and slightly dry.

Casks – Initial maturation in refill American oak casks, married in Oloroso sherry butts prior to bottling.

88, JIM MURRAY'S WHISKY BIBLE 2012:"What a well-mannered malt. As if it grew up in a loving, caring family and behaves itself impeccably from first nose to its last whimpering finale"

 

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Motorhome Stopover Club PDF Print E-mail
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We're members of the Motorhome Stopover Club - click the link for more info.We're members of the Motorhome Stopover Club - click the link for more info. Bring your motorhome!

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Aberfeldy 1995 (E) PDF Print E-mail
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Aberfeldy Distillery, founded by the John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. in 1896 and opened in 1898. The distillery is located on the eastern outskirts of Aberfeldy, on the southern bank of the upper Tay.

Tommy Dewar (John Alexander Dewars younger brother) was the firm's charismatic and energetic salesman extrordinare. He took Dewar's brands around the world in 1891-3, a tour of 26 countries, producing 26 agencies for Dewar's brands.  Tommy's wit was legendary, G&Mhis speeches being peppered with sharp little epigrams or 'Dewarisms,' such as 'We have a great regard for old age when it is bottled;' 'Foot-prints in the sands of time are not made by sitting down;' and 'Minds are like parachutes - they only function when they're open.'

However, with demand for barley rising in World War I for use as a basic foodstuff, the distillery closed from 1917 to 1919. The Second World War also caused barley supplies to be cut, and the distillery was again forced to shut down for some of this period. Supply to final markets was kept up by reducing the period whisky was laid up from 7 years to 3.

In 1972 the distillery was enlarged, and the old stills were replaced by four new steam heated stills. In 1999, an Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt brand was introduced. In 2000, the Earl of Elgin opened "Dewar's World of Whisky" at the Aberfeldy Distillery: this is a centre for marketing the products and educating the public about the process of distillation and history of the Dewar's brand.

Aberfeldy is the largest malt whisky component of Dewar's Blended Whisky.

This is what they have to say: Subtle sherry influences with stewed apple, toasted malt nd floral notes.  On the palate, chilli spice with banana, lemon and charred oak flavours.

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Edradour 11yo (D) PDF Print E-mail
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ImageDistilled on the farm at Edradour distilliary in Pilochry, Perthshire.  renowned as the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland and arguably the most unique. Dating back to 1825, Edradour, stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today.

Edradour 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 457) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)Big flavours from Scotland's smallest distillery, Edradour. This 11 year old single malt Scotch whisky was bottled without chill-filtering by Signatory on 26th February 2014 after it matured in the cask (No. 1013) for 11 years, since 5th March 2002. 903 bottles were released, this is bottle 837 but they all come in a shiny presentation tin.

This whisky is handmade today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery was founded in 1825 and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.

 Edradour was acquired in 1982 by drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Following the acquisition, three quarters of the distillery's yield was initially used in the production of blended whiskies, notably including 'House of Lords' and the auspiciously named 'King's Ransom'. It was not until Signatory acquired the distillery in 2002, that Edradour concentrated its efforts, almost solely, on producing single malts.

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Royal Brackla 1998 (F) PDF Print E-mail
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Royal Brackla was founded by a Captain Fraser at the height of illict whisky production in 1812 and this whisky is a special bottling of their normally unavailable unchillfiltered malt which was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013.  Royal Brackla is usually used in Dewar's blends and accounts for a good deal of their production.

Connoisseurs Choice Royal BracklaRoyal Brackla was the first of only three distilleries (the others being Lochnagar and Glenury) to earn the 'Royal' epithet. In Brackla's case, it was bestowed as a result of King William IV's particular liking for the whisky and it was called 'The King's Own Whisky'. The distillery was rebuilt in 1898 and again in 1966 when the floor maltings were closed and the single pair of stills became 2. In the course of that reconstruction programme, most of the older buildings were demolished, although the modern plant is attractively situated looking on to the distillery pond.

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.where

BODY: Light to Medium.

FINISH: Medium in length.

CASK TYPE: Refill Bourbon Barrels

STYLE: Apertif.

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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