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Issue 90 - A quiet retreat

Whisky Magazine Issue 90
September 2010

 

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A quiet retreat

Gavin D. Smith investigates a newly developed whisky room offering comfort and drams

Greywalls Hotel at Gullane, in East Lothian, is one of Scotland's most attractive country house establishments.

The house, some 17 miles from Edinburgh, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901 and has operated as a hotel since 1948, remaining in the ownership of the Weaver family throughout its commercial existence.

However, a regime change earlier this year saw Inverlochy Castle Management International take over the day to day running of Greywalls, and a dedicated ‘Whisky Room' is now a feature of the Greywalls Hotel experience. Here residents and non-residents alike may sample some of the finest whiskies on offer from Scotland and beyond.

The Whisky Room was masterminded by Norbert Lieder, managing director of Inverlochy. “We operate six properties, five in Scotland and one on Lake Como,” he notes. “This is the first Whisky Room we've developed. It's been created so that people can look at more unusual whiskies and we can offer them advice. We will serve them in the room itself, in our bar, or in one of the hotel lounges.” The Whisky Room is intimate, luxurious, yet unostentatious, and has been created in an area that was formerly the hotel reception.

Bespoke wooden cabinets have been constructed to display the whiskies to their best advantage. The bottles are given lots of space in the subtly-lit display cases, and stand like individual pieces of sculpture.

“We have similar display cases for whiskies at our Inverlochy Castle hotel at Fort William,” sa...

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