It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason. ‎- Unknown Author: Latin saying

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.

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Cider/Perry Count =300 !!! PDF Print E-mail

WPCS Badge Cider/Perry Count=300, which is a figure we're quite proud of :)

We've made a special to celebrate our 300th different cider!

Interestingly we've had Beer Count + Cider Count = around 1,400 different real draught drinks!What was the 1,000th drink, a cider, perry or beer? Answer - Hobnobber from Thwaites!

 
Penderyn Legend (B) PDF Print E-mail

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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Laphroaig Cairdeas 200 Cask (J) PDF Print E-mail

 

Laphroaig

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.

Nose
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.

Palate
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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Glenfarclas 105 (C) PDF Print E-mail

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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Beer count=1,220 - sorry, updates slow while Ness recovers! PDF Print E-mail

Image CAMRABeer Count=1,220

Click the Beer, Cider or Whisky log to see what the latest drinks are at the Blue Bell Inn.

Interestingly we've had Beer Count + Cider Count = around 1,400 different real draught drinks! What was the 1,000th drink, a cider, perry or beer? Answer - Hobnobber from Thwaites!

Our 1,000th different real ale was Blue Moon, specially brewed by Dave Facer!

 
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