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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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We won!ImageAs you know we produced our first walk leaflets with very welcome help from The Ramblers Association (Holywell Ramblers), Walkabout Flintshire and other groups to help you take your own self-guided walks on Halkyn Mountain. Three leaflets are available now in PDF format.

The first walk will be called Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks is a reworking of our original circular walk of 5.75 miles. The second walk is a shorter circular walk of around 3.5 miles called Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts which will take in some different terrain and part of the Wat's Dyke Way. The third walk is a longer circular walk of 9.5 miles and called Walk Three - Limekilns and Quarries.

Walk one gained the prestigious title of one of the top ten walks in the UK with!  In fact all three walks gained the accolade of appearing in the Twenty One Top Dog Walks and Walk two gained a place as on of the Best Walks for 2009 by the Sunday Times!

Click on a map below to download the walk leaflet you are interested in.

Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks
Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts
Walk Three - Limekilns and Quarries Walk Three - Lime Kilns and Quarries

Copies of the walks and the countryside code are available from the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn and its web site where you can also get a route map to the pub.
First Walk Leaflet developed & produced by the Ramblers' Association, Countryside Council for Wales, Walkabout Flintshire and the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn.
CORE! 7.6% PDF Print E-mail
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altThis is our 250th different cider so we thought we would create a brand new exciting Calvados infused special 7.6%abv cider to celebrate.

DeeCiders is a new venture in cider down on Deeside, Flintshire, by two chums Scott Johnson & Warren Hughes and Scott's father Richard.

So what's in it? Its made up from apples on the Mostyn Estate which is an old 60+ year old orchard slowly being regenerated by DeeCiders, apples from Northop, Mostyn, Holywell garden orchards, Erddig Hall which has traditional heritage varieties and an orchard in Abergele which is a relatively new 60+ tree mixed variety unmaintained orchard which DeeCiders are currently restoring. Oh yes, and apples from last years Blue Bell Cider Pressing demonstrations. We then infused all that with some lovely Calvados apple brandy here at the Blue!

Taste Notes [under construction]: cider profiles A blended dry cider finished with an infusion of calvados. This is a dry, rich and warming cider and not to be taken lightly!

  • Colour - Straw
  • Sweetness - 1
  • Acidity - 3
  • Tannin - 4
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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Blues, Rags & Hollers...1st Thursday monthly at 8:30pm PDF Print E-mail
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Blues Rags & Hollers

A new flavour to Thursday music - We have stunning acoustic and unplugged blues music here on the first Thursday of the month with Graham Bellinger, Terry 'The Bear' Burgin and friends.

Graham, Terry and friends will bring you a selection of Blues in the style of that 1960s American country blues trio Koerner, Ray and Glover, this night gets its name from their classic first album "Blues, Rags & Hollers."  Like them we'll be approaching their traditional material with a mixture of reverence and fun!

There is no entry charge although there will be a raffle towards expenses for the chaps. Come and join us for an evening of first class entertainment.

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