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Issue 60 - Noble plans

Whisky Magazine Issue 60
November 2006

 

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Noble plans

As the Gaelic whisky company hits the big 30,Ian Buxton takes a trip to Skye to find out what's next

Guests at the 30th anniversary party for Sir Iain Noble's Pràban na Linne Gaelic whisky company enjoyed two birthday surprises: the sampling of a new 30 year Poit Dhubh limited edition bottling and a trip to the site of the company's proposed new distillery.

Pràban na Linne was established in 1976 by landowner and merchant banker Sir Iain in order to promote the economic regeneration of the Sleat peninsula on Skye, then badly in need of investment and employment.

While other ventures such as a knitwear business and a fish farm have come and gone, Pràban na Linne has prospered and the socalled ‘Gaelic' whiskies have proved an international success.

With labelling all in the Gaelic language, the whiskies proved appealing to the local market and subsequently found an enthusiastic reception from tourists and then further afield. France is now the company's largest market, especially for the MacNaMara blend, a light and floral blend also available in a rum cask finish.

At the reception the company launched their anniversary bottling – a 30 year old Poit Dhubh un-chill-filtered malt. This is a limited edition bottling, restricted to 720 bottles, all of which are numbered (though, disappointingly for collectors, the edition size is not shown on the label).

However, as Pràban na Linne's Sales Manager Gordon Hynd pointed out, this is whisky for drinking, not gathering dust in a cabinet.

“After trying various samples our tasting panel unanimously picked the style we hav...

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