One of The Wild Boar’s Favourites – Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old

Over the months, George, our Master of Malt, has shared many of the malt whiskies that feature behind the bar at The Wild Boar. One that has become a firm favourite with the team here at The Boar is Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old. Continue reading “One of The Wild Boar’s Favourites – Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old”

The Wild Boar Malt of the Month – Whisky Galore and a Mafia Connection

George, our Wild Boar Inn Master of Malt, has chosen Edradour 10 Year old for his September Malt of the Month. Although officially the smallest traditional farm distillery in Scotland, Edradour has a big history and is an extremely popular destination for visitors from around the world.

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Eradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland

A Model Village or a Distillery?

There seem to be two translations of Edradour to choose from, ‘the land between two rivers’ or ‘Edred Dobhar’ meaning the stream of King Edred. Whichever you choose, the distillery is perfectly placed beside a fast paced fresh water supply not far from the central Highlands town of Pitlochry. The site of the distillery itself is quite unique with whitewashed farm buildings and picket fences, more like a model village than a commercial production facility.  On your approach, the site offers a feeling of ‘coming home’ in a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ type of way.

Mafia Connections

Frank Costello
Frank Costello

Established in 1825 as a local farmers co-operative, the distillery has exchanged hands a fair few times over the years and has included at least one shareholder with dubious credentials. Frank Costello, New York mafia Godfather invested heavily in the distillery in 1938 before handing it on to various international consortiums.

13_Whisky_Galore_BookI wonder if the mafia had anything to do with the sinking of a ship off the island of Eriskay in 1941. This was the famous story of 20,000 cases of whisky, including blends from Edradour, that were lost overboard, several finding their way into the hands of the locals ‘entrepreneurs’. Compton McKenzie went on to immortalise this story in ‘Whisky Galore’ and I hope we have all seen the hilarious film of the same title.

Keeping it Traditional

Little has changed in the production process at Edradour since 1825. The distillery is in the original farm buildings and mash tun, washbacks and a pair of stills (the smallest permissible for commercial distilling) all snugly fit into one room. There’s no automation and much of the equipment is made from wood.  Incredibly they manage to produce 90,000 litres of whisky annually expressed through no less than 25 different and distinct flavours of single malt including Ballechin, a range of heavily peated malts and a range matured solely in wine casks with a depth of flavour and character emerging from the barley and sweet fruits of the wine.

Whisky Tasting at The Wild Boar

Here at The Wild Boar, we host regular Whisky Tasting Evenings to enable you to learn more about this classic age-old spirit. Take a look at  The Wild Boar Events page and join George at our next whisky tasting event.

George Hutton, Master of Malt
George Hutton, Master of Malt

 

The Wild Boar Malt of the Month – Balvenie & Glenfiddich

George Hutton, Master of Malt
George Hutton, Master of Malt

Deviating from our normal Malt of the Month post, our Master of Malt, George, tells us about his trip up north to his homeland to visit two distilleries and see first hand how the amber liquid is produced.

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English Lakes Conferences – Business Need Never Be Boring

An increasing number of English Lakes Conference guests are discovering that once the business in the conference room is done for the day, there’s still time to explore their beautiful surroundings and even participate in activities or light-hearted events. Here’s a few examples of how groups have made the most of our stunning Lake District and Lancashire scenery. 

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The Wild Boar Malt of the Month – Glenfarclas 10 Year Old

Our Wild Boar Malt of the Month is Glenfarclas 10 Year Old, another Speyside spectacular. In the words of one of Glenfarclas’ competitors…

Of all the whiskies malt is king – of all the kings Glenfarclas reigns supreme

Copper Still at Glenfarclas Distillery Andrew Abbott/ licensed for reuse CC 2.0
Copper Still at Glenfarclas Distillery Andrew Abbott/CC 2.0

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Malt of the Month – Glen Garioch 12 Year Old

The Wild Boar‘s Malt of the Month has a couple of claims to fame – it comes from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and, geographically, it is the most easterly. However, it’s history shows that it is famous for much more than that…

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Malt of the Month – Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or

The impressive collection of whiskies from around the world continues to grow in breadth at The Wild Boar and this month we feature Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or distilled in Tain, Ross-shire, in the highlands of Scotland. Continue reading “Malt of the Month – Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or”