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Glengoyne Distillery recently (9 July 09) hosted the cream of the golf broadcasting world for an exclusive dinner, crafted by award-winning Chef Tom Lewis, and tasting of the rarest and most valuable Glengoyne, The 40 Year Old.
Held during The Barclay's Scottish Open at nearby Loch Lomond the regular event, now in its tenth year, originally started as a way for the hardworking BBC golf team to let their hair down during a busy season. The annual dinner has grown in numbers over the years and become a must attend event for BBC golf correspondents such as Peter Alliss, Phil Parkin, Andrew Cotter and Wayne Grady.
L-R Iain Weir, Marketing Director, Ian Macleod Distillers; Robbie Hughes, Glengoyne Distillery Manager; Golfer and Broadcaster Peter Alliss; Stuart Hendry, Glengoyne Brand Heritage and Commercial Manager and Gordon Doctor, Director of Whisky Operations, Ian Macleod Distillers.
The evening kicked off with 'Kilt Lifter' cocktails crafted from Glengoyne 10 Year Old, Drambuie and lime juice, a recipe specially requested in previous years by the BBC's Hazel Irvine.
The dinner was held in the tranquil setting of the glass-fronted reception room, with its balcony overlooking the waterfall and glen. Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor prepared a delicious feast for guests, making full use of Scotland's natural larder.
Lord Robin Tedder, the third Baron of Glenguin, introduced a range of wines from his award winning Glenguin winery in Australia's Hunter Valley. Golfer and Broadcaster Peter Alliss lead a toast to Lord Tedder's grandfather, Arthur William Tedder who was born in the Customs House at Glengoyne Distillery, known as Glenguin until 1908, and rose to become Deputy Supreme Commander beneath General Eisenhower in the second world war.
Stuart Hendry, Glengoyne Brand Heritage and Commercial Manager said: "It's a real pleasure to extend Glengoyne's hospitality to such an esteemed group. The yearly tradition is becoming one of the highlights of the golfing season.
"It also gives us a great opportunity to build on Glengoyne's successful partnership with like-minded Scottish brand MHOR in order to showcase some of the local Trossachs finest produce."
A tasting of Glengoyne's oldest and most valuable Highland Single Malt: the Glengoyne 40 Year Old rounded off the evening. This rare tasting was hosted by Ian Macleod Distiller's Marketing Director Iain Weir who introduced the nose of red apples and crème brulee, oily mouth feel and long, lingering dry finish of one of the finest whiskies the distillery has ever produced.
Notes to Editors:
Owned by independent family company, Ian Macleod Distillers, Glengoyne, Scotland's most beautiful distillery, has been producing its unique and complex, Highland Single Malt Whisky for over 175 years. Using methods passed down for generations, Glengoyne has nurtured and perfected the art of producing the authentic taste of Malt Whisky, untainted by peat smoke. The result is a portfolio of multi-award winning whiskies including the core 10, 17 and 21 Years Old range, as well as special limited edition Single Malts, released each year.
A true food lover and entrepreneur, Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor, rose to fame as a chef contestant on the BBC's Great British Menu. Beginning with the award-wining Monachyle Mhor Hotel and Restaurant in the heart of the Trossachs, Tom now also runs a fishmonger, bakery, tearoom and livestock farm, under the MHOR brand. Deeply committed to using and promoting the best produce Scotland has to offer, Tom has become a passionate advocate of combining age-old Scottish methods with innovation and contemporary flair.