Blair Atholl

A recent trip to the Scottish Highlands turned out to be an excellent beeronomic event, mostly thanks to The Atholl Arms, where we stayed, being twinned with a local Pitlochry brewery: The Moulin. One of Scotland’s smallest breweries, they have a line up of four though sadly one was off. As we stayed a few nights we were able to have a few good tastes of the remaining three.
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Braveheart is subtle, a light tan, slightly buttery and nutty ale with hints of earthy hop;

Ale of Atholl is dark ruby. It starts buttery again then there’s a rich roasted flavour but combined with a light body and a bitterish finish. This makes quite a refreshing drink, creating a similar effect to something like Guinness but produced in a completely different way;

Old Remedial is very dark red, lovely and rich, with a medium full body, it tastes more malty and intense than you would expect from a strength of 5.2%. There’s a great nose and rich roasted flavours which remind me of burnt, caramelised sugar. My father found it a bit heavy by I really enjoyed this one, however, I suspect the Ale of Atholl is the best compromise with an interesting palate but lighter body.

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Blair Castle

At Blair Castle we tried a Stewart Embra. This is a lovely ruby ale. It starts sweet and malty then goes through pine on it’s way to a crisp citrus finish. Very much my kind of beer though my father pointed out that it still lacks the bitter kick you’d expect south of the border.

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Yay for frequent train users!

On the way home we were reacquainted with true hop bitterness thanks to Virgin’s Tilting Ale brewed by Redwillow, Macclesfield. It’s a clean, bright, hoppy amber pale ale. With a good scent, refreshing pine flavour and a hint of sweet malt there’s also a really good bitter finish. I really like this beer and it’s good to be reminded that there’s no right way of doing things, two completely different approaches both yielding excellent beers.

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