Malt of the Month – Talisker 10 Year Old

George Hutton, our Wild Boar Master of Malt, is getting quite lyrical as he takes us ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ in his latest Malt of the Month.

Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

The Skye Boat Song is a Scottish folk song recalling the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid and assisted by Flora MacDonald, escaped in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite rising. Continue reading

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Malt of the Month – The Glenrothes Select Reserve

This month, The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, introduces us to the single malt that is bottled only when the Master Blender feels the flavour has reached its peak – the Glenrothes Select Reserve.  Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Laphroaig 10 Year Old

This month The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, is back  closer to home exploring an all-malt whisky from Scotland for his ‘Malt of the Month’ in July 2014. 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced ‘La-froyg’, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay”. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour. Continue reading

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Malt of the Month – Tobermory Ten Year Old

Last month we introduced The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, who promised a regular ‘Malt of the Month’. He starts our whisky journey in Tobermory on the island of Mull.

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Tobermory Waterfront, Isle of Mull, Scotland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tobermory distillery is the only distillery on the island of Mull, which is off the West coast of Scotland between Skye and Islay. If you ever get round to that Scottish island hopping tour that you dream of, don’t overlook Mull, it should definitely be on the list!

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A Whisky Collection that Deserves to be Celebrated

edits-15-LThe following guest post has been written by Gavin and Penny. Both are hoteliers and Whisky experts, Penny being the Director of Speyside Whisky Festival…

It was a damp Tuesday in November a couple of years ago and we stumbled into the bar of the Wild Boar Inn at Crook.

It was warm, had a welcoming log fire, a good range of real Ales and an impressive collection of Malt Whisky. On that basis alone it was considered the place to stay that night!

We settled in and made our way back to the bar only to discover that Tuesday night was Malt Whisky night!

This was going to be interesting, on so many fronts! Continue reading