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Issue 80 - The lure of the Isle

Whisky Magazine Issue 80
June 2009


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The lure of the Isle

The Editor packs his bags and heads north,to find a gem of a bar.

There is nothing quite like a tall glass of perfect temperature beer at the end of a long journey (think Ice Cold in Alex), especially if it is accompanied by decent food and a great dram.

These were my first thoughts as I headed over the Kessock Bridge on to the Black Isle, the sun just dipping below the horizon and the scent of maritime and heather filled the air.

I had decided to break my journey to Tain at the Anderson pub in Fortrose because I had been hearing so much about it and there are some things you should see for yourself.

You know sometimes you arrive at your destination after a long journey, in this case an 11 hour ride, that you think you will do the sensible thing and eat then sleep.

Well this was one of those nights,however it was not to be thankfully.

The Anderson, a classic whitewashed stone walled Highland pub, with its real fire warmed whisky bar encourages conviviality, and if the owner Jim and his beer loving dog are in for the night then you can be assured of an interesting evening of chat and drams. My dad calls these nights “setting the world to rights” and this was one of them, with a good exploration of the bar's impressive offerings of Belgian beer and whiskies.

Jim and his other half Anne, have been expanding the bar's whisky and beer lists since they took over the place in 2003.

Both have extensive backgrounds in the drinks and restaurant industries, with Jim being a former beer magazine publisher and writer. You can sense the passio...

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