Despite finding myself in deepest Norfolk last week, I found that I had actually picked up a selection of Scottish ales from the various beer outlets around the region. One of these is Trade Winds by Cairngorm Brewery, from Aviemore in the Highlands of the country.
The cask version is a three-time former Champion Beer of Britain in the Speciality Class, so Trade Winds comes with some pedigree and the aroma straight from the bottle displays one of its key assets straight away; a lovely hoppy-sweet scent that appeals to my recently aquired love of the hoppy beers. There is a slightly grassy note present, supported by a sweet fruitiness – most likely from the Elderflower as promised on the bottle.
The inital mouthfeel, considering the richness of the nose, is surprisingly astringent and a little thinner in the body than I anticipated, with a light carbonisation that tickles the tongue. Although these descriptions are generally negative connotations, this isn’t the impression I am trying to generate by using them; more that it is an unexpected experience from the richness promised by the aroma. Flavour-wise, the fruitiness remains, with a slight hint of blackberries that fills out an otherwise sharp, crisp, citrusy flavour. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: blackberry, Cairngorm, champion beer of britain, citrus, fruitiness, scottish, trade winds
October 31st, 2009Pubs & bars
The first impression of this pub is what I would expect from a pub on a main street in London. Initially I thought it was a little bit touristy, with oak panelling broken by up by faux medieval tapestry. That said there were more people knocking about in actual suits than in shell suits with cameras so I was willing to give it a try.
I took me about five seconds and a quick glance across the beer selection to decide that I liked the place, I didn’t realise it at the time but this was to be the first of three visits to Nicholson’s Pubs on the day and the range and quality of the ales available was top drawer. We sampled…
Timothy Taylor Landord - Reviewed by so many people before, I always think that it tastes a little fruitier on draught than out of a bottle.
Greene King IPA - This should be entry three in the Day in London series and I had had an American Pale Ale immediately before drinking this. After a bottle of the hop filled American cousin I found the Greene King a bit shollow in taste, probably more appropriate to a session but ultimately not a world rocking IPA.
Cairngorm Autumn Nuts - I really liked this Ruby Ale, it wasn’t massively hopped and I think Fletch would probably have found it underwhelming, but there was still goodcflavour and it was spot on for me. Pleasingly it does carry an autumnal feel and offers some warmth from the winter chill.
The bar was also offering London Pride and Hobgoblin and the range of autumnal guests in the pipeline spanned to 12 which the barstaff told me would be constantly rotating through the season. Hats off.Tags: Cairngorm, Cairngorm Autumn Nuts, Greene King IPA, Hobgoblin, London, London Pride, Nicholsons Pubs, The Coal House, The Strand, Timothy Taylor Landlord