With summer very much underway, the exceptional array of hotels, experiences and of course whisky distilleries Scotland has to offer is truly remarkable. As tourism and of course whisky play such a pivotal role in Scotland’s economy, it is easy to see why expectations and standards are naturally high and quality remains at the heart of what those in these industries strive to deliver. Bearing this in mind, there’s one hotel which most certainly delivers on both fronts. The Sligachan Hotel on the Isle of Skye is a truly exceptional example of Scotland’s hospitality at its very best.
The dramatic and inspiring setting enjoyed by The Sligachan Hotel has been admired by many for generations. Nestled amongst the Red and Black Cuillins, with the sparkling waters of Loch Sligachan to it’s front, the hotel has served mountaineers, walkers and lovers of the wild Highland scenery since 1830. Not only a great spot for climbers, the Hotel is located at an important crossroads in the centre of the Island, offering a great opportunity to maximise sightseeing on Skye.
Relax in front of the open fire and enjoy a rare malt in Mackenzies Bar, or sit back in Collie’s Lounge and admire the unparalleled views of the surrounding scenery from the curved picture window. Meals prepared using the finest locally sourced produce can be enjoyed in the Harta Restaurant or an informal meal can be had in the adjoining Seumas’ Bar. Should the hotel’s history be of interest, there is a small climbing museum with guest information dating back to the 1800’s.
The Hotel was constructed in it’s current location in 1830. It quickly became a mecca for gentleman climbers who recognised the unique and challenging qualities of the Cuillin. Purchased by the Campbell family in 1913, the hotel has been passed down through the decades and is now being run by the 4th generation. To maintain the historic charm of the building whilst providing real Highland hospitality is a strong objective for the Sligachan Hotel team who hope to provide you with a memorable stay in a truly memorable location.
By Hans Offringa
UK PUBLICATION DATE: 13 June 2017
Hardback ISBN: 9781579657512 PRICE: £17. 99
“This book is a must for all lovers of whisky.”
—Charles MacLean, author and founding editor of Whisky Magazine
A FIELD GUIDE TO WHISKY (Artisan, £17.99) is a one-stop guide with hundreds of insider tips, lists, trivia and more for the whisky connoisseur. Written by Hans Offringa, an internationally renowned whisky expert, this handsome hardback book is the perfect gift for whisky lovers containing everything they need to know about their favourite spirit.
▪ What are the basic ingredients in all whiskies?
▪ How is whisky made?
▪ What is the difference between malt, scotch, bourbon and rye whiskies?
▪ How does it get its flavour? ▪ Which big name brands truly deserve their reputation?
▪ What are the current whisky trends around the world?
▪ And who was Jack Daniel anyway?
This abundance of information is condensed into 323 short entries covering basic whisky literacy, production methods, consumption tips, trends, trivia, geographical maps and lists of distilleries, whisky trails, bars, hotels, and festivals by an industry insider. Illustrated with 230 colour photographs and beautifully bound, A FIELD GUIDE TO WHISKY will make an expert out of anyone.
About the Author
Hans Offringa holds many titles in the whisky world: Patron of the Whisky Festival Northern Netherlands, Honorary Scotsman, Honorary Member of the Caledonian Society of Charleston (SC), Kentucky Colonel and Keeper of the Quaich. He is also the contributing editor for Europe for Whisky Magazine and a lecturer at the International Whisky School in the Netherlands. Offringa and his wife, Becky Lovett Offringa, are known as The Whisky Couple, and have been judges at the Dutch Whisky Awards since its inception.
Hans Offringa is available for interview and commissioned articles. He is taking part
in the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 27-29 April inclusive.
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Whisky is a popular choice for Dads across the country on Father’s Day, and whether they’re new to the “water of life” or they’re a devoted fan there’s definitely something for everyone. Take a look at our wish list of award-winning whiskies, to give you inspiration for the perfect gift this Father’s Day.
For something new to treat your dad with, The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is exclusively sherry seasoned and delivers a distinct American oak style, reflecting a perfect harmony of flavours and natural colour. The delicate flavour of American oak – vanilla, citrus and light oak – rises in prominence as the traditional Macallan character of rich fruit, sherry and wood spice affords a familiar back drop. This is a flavour combination which is guaranteed until the very last drop. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old is available in specialist whisky retailers including The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt (RRP £55). www.themacallan.com
Gift a whisky to treasure with the first expression in The 1824 Series, The Macallan Gold. Showcasing the single malt’s natural colour, The Macallan Gold has notes of vanilla followed by dark chocolate, with lingering floral and light oak notes. The Macallan Gold is available in multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons (RRP £38). www.themacallan.com
Highland Park 12 Year Old, the Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul, is the ideal gift for fans of flavour, and now comes in a new, ornately embossed bottle and carton. This single malt is at the heart of Highland Park’s core range and is a rich and well-balanced whisky boasting a honey sweetness, followed by fruity notes with a hint of gentle smoke. Highland Park 12 Year Old is available at multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op (RRP £35). www.highlandpark.co.uk
For the whisky aficionado, Highland Park 18 Year Old is an ideal gift. Named “Best Spirit in the World” by US spirits writer F. Paul Pacult, this single malt is a masterclass of balance, complexity and refinement. Displaying characteristic toffee sweetness with a full smoky finish it is a whisky that reveals more layers with every glass you enjoy. Highland Park 18 Year Old is available in all good whisky specialists including www.masterofmalt.com and www.thewhiskyexhange.com (RRP £99). www.highlandpark.co.uk
Aged exclusively in sherry oak casks, The Macallan Rare Cask sees soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin pique the nose, giving way to a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon, and orange. A single malt produced through meticulous dedication to wood – with some of the casks used to age the whisky from sherry bodegas no longer in existence – it is the perfect gift for those who are fans of craftsmanship and quality. The Macallan Rare Cask is available in select whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop and Harrods (RRP £200). www.themacallan.com
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Luxury single malt whisky, The Macallan today unveils its latest exciting collaboration, with Oblix at The Shard, to create the first ever bespoke Macallan Whisky Trolley serving The Macallan whiskies of all ages and styles.
Oblix, one of London’s most iconic restaurants located on the 32nd floor of The Shard and The Macallan, both industry pioneers, have worked together to offer their guests a new pairing experience designed to demonstrate the outstanding range of The Macallan whiskies, complemented with cheese.
The Macallan Whisky Trolley was designed and handcrafted in Glasgow from a Macallan sherry butt, specifically selected by The Master of Wood Stuart MacPherson from the bodegas in Spain. The Macallan’s meticulous approach to wood and cask selection has such a profound effect on the liquid, it was felt this was a perfect way to showcase one of the casks.
Commenting on how the collaboration came about, Aaron Masonde, Oblix bar manager said: “The Macallan and Oblix share a likeness in that we are both trying to push boundaries and change the way people perceive food and drink. In partnership with The Macallan we have worked together to offer guests a new experience to discover the complexities of The Macallan, perfectly complemented with cheese.”
The whisky trolley will serve a range of The Macallan whiskies of all ages and styles along with a selection of fine Scottish cheeses served on a wooden cheeseboard map, allowing customers to choose a unique whisky pairing. It will also offer a Maxxium Malts cheeseboard and pairing with whiskies such as Auchentoshan, Laphroaig and Highland Park.
Chris Anderson, Luxury Marketing Controller for Maxxium UK, said: “Oblix is a very exclusive London restaurant who we have been working with for a number of years. This partnership provides us with a great opportunity to offer their customers something unique when it comes to tasting The Macallan range.”
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HIGHLAND PARK is proud to introduce VALKYRIE Special Edition single malt Scotch whisky.
In partnership with renowned Danish designer Jim Lyngvild, VALKYRIE is the first in a series of three VIKING LEGEND releases inspired by rich Viking history and mythology.
Having once been part of Denmark and Norway, Orkney became the raiding headquarters for Norwegian Vikings in the 8th and 9th century, shaping a unique past for the island. Magnus Eunson, who founded Highland Park in 1798, was a direct descendent of those first Viking pioneers. Even today, 1 in 3 Orkney islanders bear Scandinavian DNA and share a fierce pride for the rich Nordic ancestry woven into the islands’ traditions and culture.
It is this enduring culture and legacy that is the inspiration for VALKYRIE, set to launch in April 2017.
Highland Park approached Danish designer Jim Lyngvild, himself a modern day Viking and expert in Norse mythology, to design striking new packaging for the three special edition whiskies.
Valkyrie’s unique one-off design is inspired by two important Nordic sources – a typical Viking pendant from around 300-700AD discovered in Uppland, Sweden and the ancient Hammar Stone of Gotland which details the epic journey of the Valkyries,
In his distinctive style, Lyngvild has interpreted the ancient legend of the Valkyries – avenging horse-backed angels who combed the battlefields for the bravest of their fallen warriors – in an expressive, story-telling illustration for Highland Park.
Noticeably different from the traditional black and silver Highland Park packaging, the re-imagined design maintains the distillery’s ongoing references to Viking design whilst updating the graphics with a bolder, hand-drawn aesthetic.
Using embossed metallic detailing, he represents the Valkyries as shield-maidens of Odin, offering their god a drink of mead from a curved horn. The larger illustration features a winged Valkyrie with coiled hair and a necklace that pays homage to the goddess Freya’s magical Brísingamen torc (necklace).
Jason Craig, Highland Park brand director, added: “We’ve enjoyed delving deeper into Orkney’s history and heritage for the Viking Legend series, culminating in this exciting new collaboration with bona fide 21st century Viking Jim Lyngvild. Jim’s knowledge about Viking history and the Viking way of life is rich in detail.
“The whisky itself, created by our Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, dials up more of our smoky notes by incorporating more of our heathery peated malt. This creates a richer, fuller phenolic note that has balance due to the sweeter, heathery character of our moorland peat but it is a slight departure from our core 12 Year Old whisky.”
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