Malt of the Month – Glenfiddich Rich Oak 14 year old

It seems only fitting that since The Wild Boar is holding a Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting tasting evening in October, that we should revisit Glenfiddich distillery for our Malt of the Month.


A Man Who Dared to Dream

William Grant was a dreamer and a pioneer. For twenty years he dreamt of making the ‘best dram in the valley’. How many of us see our dreams become reality? But 1886, in the space of just one year, William, with the help of his seven sons and two daughters, had built the Glenfiddich

James Grant, Dreamer and Pioneer
William Grant, Dreamer and Pioneer

distillery, gaelic for ‘valley of the deer’. Today, Glenfiddich is the world’s most awarded single malt whisky, more than fulfilling William’s original vision.

Glenfiddich is one of the few distilleries to remain entirely family owned with more than a little of the founder’s integrity and innovative spirit, passed down through the generations. William’s grandson, Grant Gordon, bucked the trend in the 1920’s and despite Prohibition in full swing, increased whisky production to the surprise of everybody in the industry.

Highly Skilled Craftsmen

imagesContributing to their ongoing success was the decision in 1957, by Charles Gordon, William’s son-in-law, to insist on having coppersmiths onsite at the Distillery. These are highly skilled craftsmen, always on hand to build and tend to the uniquely shaped and sized copper stills.

The distillery has one of the few remaining onsite cooperage. The Head Cooper builds, mends and chars the casks with knowledge and tools passed down through the centuries. His team prepare 126 casks every day. Working with the oak in this way is hugely important – giving as much as 65% of the whisky its flavour as it matures.


Glenfiddich Rich Oak 14 Year Old


NOSE: Spicy oak and vibrant vanilla, followed by rich, darker fruits the download (1)glass warms in your hands.

PALATE: Toffee notes, caramelised fruits, a hint of vanilla. In your second sip, you’ll find the spicy notes really come through, adding greater depth.

FINISH: long lasting and warming finish with hints of nuttiness and rich oak imparted by the virgin American and Spanish oak casks.

Whisky Tasting Evening

elh-24-x2Join George, our Master of Malt, at the Glenfiddich Whisky Tasting Evening on 13th October, hosted by Glenfiddich Ambassador, Mark Thomson.

Take a look at The Wild Boar Events page to find our more about this, and other events, at The Wild Boar..

Waterhead Gin of the Month – Pickering’s gin

Waterhead has an impressive Gin Library of over 40 gins and each month we feature one as our Gin of the Month. This month it is the turn of Pickering’s.

Pickering’s gin comes from the first gin distillery to be based in Edinburgh for over 150 years and was launched in March 2014. The Summerhall Distillery is housed on the site which used to be an old animal hospital. Part of the veterinary school, known locally as the Dick Vet, is now an arts venue called Summerhall. A pub on the Summerhall site, the Royal Dick, enjoys Pickering’s gin piped straight to tap from Pickering’s distillery just next door. It is here that they also produce the small batches of handcrafted gin which we know as Pickering’s.
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Gleeds Global Challenge at Low Wood Bay

Low Wood Bay is thrilled to welcome teams from Gleeds, international property and construction consultancy, who are celebrating an incredible 130 years in business. AAEAAQAAAAAAAARjAAAAJGI2ZDBkZmIwLTM4ZjEtNDJkNS1iN2ZiLTYxNGVlODEyNWFjNg

Gleeds Global Challenge

To mark this significant anniversary, Gleeds have set themselves the target of raising £130,000, a thousand pounds for every year, towards good causes around the world. Between 21st and 25th September, from the Czech Republic to China, San Fransisco to Southampton, 1,500 team members from their 56 global offices, have volunteered one working day to participate in local fundraising events. With the money raised from the meticulously planned and executed host of activities, they hope to touch the  lives of worthy recipients around the globe.

Celebrating an Olympic Anniversary

Sir Steve and the Gleeds team getting ready to take to the water for their Charity Challenge
Sir Steve and the team take to the water for their Charity Challenge. Photo Credit: RGB Photography

Gleeds Ambassador and five times Olympic champion, Sir Steve Redgrave took to the water on Friday, 25th to support the Gleeds Warrington and Whitehaven triathlon troopers.The date marks the milestone anniversary of his final gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

I can’t quite believe that 15 years have flown by since the Sydney Olympics, but what a way to celebrate – particularly in such magnificent surroundings!

Alongside Sir Steve, sixty-five fundraisers ran, cycled or swam in the Lake District Triathlon. Their fundraising target for the day was £10,000 to support Cancer Research UK and the local Mountain Rescue teams. The fundraisers then enjoyed a well-deserved celebratory meal at Low Wood Bay.

A well deserved celebratory meal at Low Wood Bay
A celebratory meal at Low Wood Bay

Charity Champion

We’ve nominated Kirsty Dunlop of Gleeds, Warrington as our stand-out Charity Champion! Kirsty is the office administrator at Gleeds Warrington and for the past few weeks has also been organising the Lake District Triathlon and who, despite the monumental breadth of the task, has remained cheerful and congenial throughout.

As well as organising the event, Kirsty will also be taking part in the challenge, with Sir Steve.
As well as organising the event, Kirsty will also be taking part in the challenge, with Sir Steve. Photo Credit: RGB Photography

I first heard about the Global Challenge during a Business Briefing in Warrington and loved the idea of it. Next thing you know, I’m pitching the event to our Warrington office staff and planning the event!

We had an amazing response! I’ts completely different from anything else we usually do in the office, so people latched onto it. The running and walking sparked interest straight away, and slowly people came round to the canoeing, swimming and cycling.

It was Gleeds Director, Stuart Ball, who first suggested a triathlon. Already an active outdoor enthusiast, he encouraged his colleagues to practice together during lunch-breaks and after work.

Not only is it rewarding to know that we’re helping support two very worthy causes, the challenge has also had an incredible impact on morale, it’s really brought people together.

On behalf of all at English Lakes, congratulations to all Gleeds employees who took part in the Lake District Triathlon – a really inspirational effort!


James and Emma’s Wedding at Lancaster House

James and Emma recently held their wedding at Lancaster House. We are thrilled that they shared with us details of their wedding planning along with photos of their wedding celebrations.

The couple met while they were both at Sixth Form College, when Emma was 16 and James, 17. They were on a college trip to view Leeds University, and none of James’ friends went so he tagged along with my Emma’s friends. The rest is history! Continue reading “James and Emma’s Wedding at Lancaster House”

Authentic Vintage Style Collectables at The Midland

In preparation for The Midland Vintage Wedding Showcase, I met up with Carol Bean, co-founder and Director of Itsy Bitsy and discovered a wealth of knowledge about the Vintage era and what’s going on creatively in Morecambe. She is also our expert advisor for The Midland Wedding ShowcaseHere is someone to whom I would feel very comfortable handing over the style reins of any Vintage glamorous wedding or event. Continue reading “Authentic Vintage Style Collectables at The Midland”

Trio of Family Weddings at Low Wood Bay

Three members of the Lofty family – Mel and his daughters Gemma and Sam – all chose the same wedding venue, Low Wood Bay. Mel tied the knot recently at Low Wood Bay so we caught up with the whole family. 

It was the baby of the family, Gemma, Wedding & Events Manager for the hotel and her husband, Nevil, General Manager, who led the way marrying at the hotel where they both now work. Continue reading “Trio of Family Weddings at Low Wood Bay”

Meet The Midland Wedding ‘Dream Team’

When you book an English Lakes venue for your wedding celebration, you can be sure you will always get the best personal service with one of our dedicated wedding and event co-ordinators.

Introducing our two wedding co-coordinators at The Midland – Helen and Lee-Harry. Between them, they do everything in their power to ensure that each wedding glides along seamlessly, even if they are at times pedalling furiously behind the scenes. Being with the company over twelve years, they have a wealth of experience and more than a few memorable moments. Continue reading “Meet The Midland Wedding ‘Dream Team’”