TULLIBARDINE MALT WHISKY
In October we were invited to the Distillery to a) firm up on the sponsorship going forward b) tour the distillery and c) discuss the possibility of a co-branded malt produced for the Society. The outcome was a fascinating insight to production of this delightful malt and the prospect of seeing the SSGS logo on labels. This will take a bit of time to evolve but stand by.
The Society ws represented by President Gordon MacDonald, Licensed trade expert Colin Grant and past Captain Keith Howie. We were welcomed by Chairman and fellow member Alan Williamson, Production Director Douglas Ross and Master Distiller John Black.
Some photos from the visit:
Gordon, Colin and Alan examine the wash bin where extraction of the malt from the barley begins
John Black multi-tasks as barrels arrive
Douglas Ross talks Gordon through the distillation process
The bonded warehouse- property of HM Customs
The tasting room. A messy job but someone has to do it!
Tullibardine Malt Whisky Distillery
A Fine single Highland malt (reproduced courtesy of www.tullibardine.com)
Tullibardine Distillery nestles at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, where the Highlands of Scotland begin. These hills are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water.
The Distillery draws its water from the same source which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and from where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488. Today Tullibardine (built on the site of the brewery) reigns supreme as a fine malt whisky of majestic qualities. It is considered "Eminently quaffable".
Tullibardine's chairman and SSGS member Alan Williamson has generously agreed to offer sponsorship of our doubles event up nto and including 2012 with the option to continue thereafter. This is a great boost for a competition which attracted very positive comment from all of those who took part.
Master Distiller John Black also took part in the inaugural competition and, perhaps uniquely, handed out the prize bottles bearing his name. Tullibardine is a very fine malt. Members participating had the opportunity to try the 1998 vintage and will no doubt now ask for Tullibardine by name in locals and clubhouses the length and breadth of the country.
SSGS enter sponsorship tie-up with Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd. We are delighted to announce an agreement whereby Abbeyfield has provided a superb new trophy for our match play championship and will offer ongoing sponsorship for that event as well as funding to assist the overall running of our Society.
At a ceremony within their Head Office on 8th April, Abbeyfield chairman Michael White formally handed over the magnificent new trophy and sponsorship cheque to SSGS Captain Gordon MacDonald (see photo below)
Also attending the ceremony were Jim Craigie, Finance Director and Karen Barr, Head Office Service Manager, for Abbeyfield. Jim and Peter Kinloch and Keith Howie attended for SSGS. Member Brian Highley, who has a foot in both camps, was also present. Brian was the prime motivator behind the sponsorship agreement. Jim Craigie expressed his pleasure at the tie up and said there was a good deal of synergy between the organisations. More photos in the gallery. The trophy will be presented to our champion, Ronnie Maclean, during the Spring Open at Glasgow Gailes.
Abbeyfield Scotland Ltd. is closely associated with SSGS having agreed to sponsor our matchplay championship and also offer generous financial support towards the general administration of SSGS. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Abbeyfield
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