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Traquair House Traquair 2010

ABV: 10%
Origin: Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer  on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

The 18th century brewhouse rediscovered and recommissioned at Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, in 1965 remains a unique source of strong and old-fashioned beers, all of which are fermented in the original unlined oak vessels. Owner-brewer Catherine Maxwell-Stuart is also a dab hand at producing special celebration ales with ageing potential. I’m still sitting on a bottle of 2001’s 1000th Brew and was intrigued to see Catherine is marking the second decade of the third millennium with another special, Traquair 2010, in a limited edition of 20,000.

The stylish stencilled bottle contains a deep amber brown beer with a fine, thick beige head and rich malty and spicy aroma with notes of vanilla and cloves. The palate has faithfully Scottish firm and generous malt character that’s slightly cakey but with a light spicy and tangy touch with notes of banana and oak. A long lingering malty finish is slightly powdery dry and perhaps just a little thin and fizzy at the moment, with minerals, wood and vine fruits. Already a luxurious beer that’s big but not overbearing, this should continue to offer a taste experience into 2020 and perhaps beyond.




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