Glengoyne Single Highland Malt is building on its 'Real Taste of Malt, Real Taste of Food' credentials this Homecoming Scotland year, by forming a unique partnership with celebrated Chef Tom Lewis, of Monachyle Mhor, and iconic Scottish food producers Loch Fyne Oysters.
With a shared passion for using the finest ingredients to create authentic Scottish tastes and flavours, the like-minded companies will be collaborating on a number of food and drink initiatives to promote the very best of Scottish produce and their common brand values of tradition, craftsmanship and outstanding quality.
Owned by independent family company, Ian Macleod Distillers, Glengoyne, Scotland's most beautiful distillery, has been producing its unique and complex, Single Highland 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.
For 30 years, Loch Fyne Oysters has been dedicated to enterprise with respect for animals, people and ecology. From humble beginnings selling oysters from a roadside stall, Loch Fyne Oysters is now one of Scotland's best known brands. Located on the spectacular shores of Loch Fyne, the business now includes oyster and mussel farms, traditional smokehouse, Oyster Bar (the original forerunner to Loch Fyne Restaurants) and farm shop. One thing that has not changed over the years is their absolute commitment to only the highest quality and freshest produce from sustainable sources, reared and prepared using traditional methods.
Iain Weir, Director of Marketing for Ian Macleod Distillers commented:
"At Glengoyne we take great pride in what we do, ensuring every detail is accounted for and doing so with enthusiasm and satisfaction. Both Loch Fyne Oysters and MHOR share our outlook and commitment to quality, and we are very much looking forward to working together. Building a strong partnership with like-minded brands will help us all achieve common objectives, reinforce our key messages to customers and reach new audiences."
Tom Lewis, who has already created a range of mouth watering dishes using Glengoyne Single Highland Malt, also participated in the inaugural Glengoyne Distillery Christmas Food and Drink Festival in December 08. Attracting over 5,000 visitors on the day, the event showcased the best local produce and Slow Food initiatives from the area. With plans to make it an annual event, Glengoyne look forward to welcoming Loch Fyne Oysters to the distillery to join Tom and the other independent food and drink producers in December 2009.
For further information visit:
Glengoyne encourages responsible drinking
Iain Weir, Marketing Director
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
T: 01506 852205
For highs images and further information
Alison Liddy / Laura Campbell
T: 0131 554 6111
Notes to editors:
Details of Glengoyne recipes devised by Tom Lewis, along with supporting images, are available upon request.
Background on the brands:
Known as Scotland's most beautiful Distillery, Glengoyne is situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands of Scotland close to a small river that flows into the famous Loch Lomond. The distillery, which takes its name from "Glen Guin" or Glen of the Wild Geese, has been producing an exceptional single malt scotch whisky for nearly 200 years.
Glengoyne 'The Real Taste of Malt' is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne distillery since 1833. Available in a range of ages (10,17,21 Year Old ,12 Year Old Cask Strength and Vintage 1972) and sizes (3 litre, 1 litre,75cl,70cl, 35cl and 5cl), Glengoyne also produces a number of rare, limited edition specialist whiskies each year.
MHOR and Tom Lewis:
MHOR is a family business based in the heart of the Trossachs National Park in Scotland. Run by brothers and sister, Tom, Dick and Melanie Lewis, it's made up of the award-winning Monachyle Mhor hotel on the banks of Loch Voil, MHORfish (a fishmongers, restaurant and fish and chip shop), and MHORbread (a bakery, tearoom and shop) in nearby Callander. MHORtea at the Library Tearoom, open from Easter to October, can be found in the tiny village of Balquhidder, while the hotel is four miles further along the glen on a 2,000-acre estate, which farms sheep, cattle, pigs and hens. Their aim is to provide the finest Scottish food and hospitality.
Loch Fyne Oysters
In a world increasingly dominated by global brands and multinationals, Loch Fyne Oysters remains committed to maintaining a market for the national independent producer, using sustainable methods to produce high quality foods.
At their base in Argyll, Scotland, Loch Fyne Oysters rear their own oysters and mussels and run a traditional smokehouse, smoking and curing fish using methods handed down over the years. Other fish and shellfish are sourced from local day-boats and from independent fish farms working to Organic or Freedom Food standards.