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Cool Jazz with "Stan and His Getz" - 8:30pm every 4th Sat PDF Print E-mail
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We've got Cool Jazz with "Stan and His Getz" featuring Roger Harker  on alto & tenor saxophone and eggs(?), Bob Mason on keyboards and Nigel Wright on double bass. 

The trio plays a repertoire from such jazz composers as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock as well as numbers from the "Great American Songbook" composers including Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, not forgetting the bossa nova maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Usually every 4th Saturday of the month there is a new flavour of music to the Blue, oh so mellow, just the job for a chilled out Saturday night and not to be missed!  

 

 
Longrow (I) PDF Print E-mail
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Longrow

With the distillery established in1828, Longrow is distilled at J & A Mitchell & Coin Campbeltown and is a Speyside whisky. First distilled in 1973, Longrow is a double distilled, heavily peated single malt and is the new presentation of the old (2012) Longrow 'CV' style.

The first distillation was carried out as an experiment when the Springbank chairman set out to prove that it was possible to produce an Islay-style single malt whisky on the mainland.  The barley used in the production of Longrow is entirely peat dried for up to 48 hours, giving the whisky a wonderfully smokey, peaty character. 

This experiment produced a whisky so special that Longrow was distilled again a few years later and has become an important part of the Mitchell's portfolio, with regular distillation having taken place since 1992.

Every year, the distilling apparatus at Springbank distillery in Campbeltown is cleaned out and the heavier malted Longrow is produced before reverting to Springbank again. Named after the old Longrow distillery which stood adjacent to Springbank and closed in 1896, Alfred Barnard described the distillery as the quaintest he had set eyes on, with everything done by hand. The one concession to modernity being a steam engine used to power the malt mill. Today one of the bonded warehouses is used today to house Springbank's bottling plant. Longrow originals command big prices, with an 1864 going for £7200 in 2001.

Established in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell's illicit still, it is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. The Springbank Distillery is now in the hands of his great great great grand son, Hedley G. Wright. 

Springbank is one of just two distilleries that bottle their whiskies at the source, using the original water for the reduction to bottling strength (when they reduce at all). Glenfiddich is the only other.

Every drop of whisky made at Springbank is sold as single malt. It is bottled at many different ages, and with many different finishes. It is quite a unique whisky from a unique distillery.

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Macallan 13yo (C) PDF Print E-mail
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The Macallan

ImageDistilled in the Autumn of 1997 at the Macallan distillery in Clydebank, Glasgow and then bottled in Spring 2011.  This single malt whisky is a stunning young Macallan from a really good Bourbon hogshead cask refill (DMG Ref: 7197 if you really need to know)!  The bottling is a Douglas McGibbon Provenance special for The Whisky Castle.

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Bruichladdich Waves (I) PDF Print E-mail
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Bruichladdich

A late release and last chance to try from the Bruichladdich distillery a light single malt. The name Waves suggests the notes of crisp, fresh fruits and a touch of light spice with a touch of typical 'Laddie coastal tones.  Perhaps the Islay for those who think they don't like Islay?

Waves, a young version of Bruichladdich, was an accident. It started life destined exclusively for the Italian market, it was never intended as a strand alone bottling, and was ultimately incorporated in to the trilogy of bottlings along side Rocks (unpeated) and Peat (clearly peated) as a half-way house between the two.

Waves is to be discontinued from Summer 2012.  Tasting from Master Blender Jim McEwan on Bruichladdich Wave from the stillhouse of the Islay Distillery here.

Nose: Light, fresh. Perfumed, stemmy, floral. Dry grass, apples, slightly coastal.
Palate:
Medium body, balanced. Dried seaweed, sweet barley, toffee, vanilla, honey freshly sliced oranges, fruit salad, a touch of smoke - a lot going on!
Finish:
Long, fruity and spiced.

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Rantin' Dogs here 2nd Mon every month PDF Print E-mail
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Rantin' Dogs (that'll be the two on the right & the two on the left!)

The Rantin' Dogs - a fantastic sounding folk quartet (look I know there are 5 in the picture, they're the two either side of centre!), Steve, Dugie, Mark & Michael would like to let you know that they rehearse and play here every 2nd Monday each month from 9ish (after the Welsh class), playing traditional acoustic folk with a Celtic leaning.

As some of you know, we sadly and unexpectedly lost Steve Boyd recently, the boys plan on soldiering on to continue playing

Check out where they got their unusual name from here cos there's no ranting with this group, like all the music here at the Blue Bell Inn, it's a lovely sound.

 
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