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Four Bells Navy Rum, 40%, in The Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy

After getting off the train from a highly enjoyable session at the Fife Whisky Festival 2022 I thought a night-cap in my hotel bar would be in order.

Having spotted an unknown bottle of rum behind the Windsor Bar when booking in earlier – my curiosity was piqued.

Courtesy Rum Auctioneer

Turned out to be Four Bells Navy Rum.

A tot was ordered amid the sounds of a loud karaoke & merry youngsters downing globes of vividly coloured cocktails.

Four Bells had a soft hint of burnt rubber off the nose.

A rather weak & watery palate – compared to all the wonderful drinks I’d just experienced at the show.

A touch of spice on the rear enlivened this otherwise rather flatly flavoured rum.

Courtesy Rum Auctioneer

Easy drinking indeed – but lacking flair.

Information on Four Bells could only be collated from a number of websites.

Courtesy Tannico

It appears to be/was a Whyte & Mackay brand distilled in Guyana, offered at 40%, 42.9% or 100 Proof, has had several bottle designs & brand owners over the years & seems to be fondly remembered by fans.

I’m assuming I enjoyed the 40% version & despite the lack of punch – Four Bells is just the kind of hidden spirit I enjoy encountering when visiting a bar.

Sláinte

Header image of The Windsor Bar courtesy Booking.com

Hunter’s Glen, 5 Year Old, Premium Scotch Whisky, Blend, 40%

Random town.

I was away for a few days taking advantage of the fine weather.

Random pub.

Entering a bar for the first time always engenders a sense of excitement.

Random whisky.

You never know what to expect.

Spotting the large green label of Hunter’s Glen on the shelf – it immediately stood out as something I’d not had before.

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Establishing it was Scotch Whisky and not rum – either would have been acceptable – a glass was ordered.

Mmmmmm.

Standard entry level blend material.

Caramelly nose, sweet, smooth & soft with a hint of smoke enlivening an otherwise easy drinking experience.

But who or what is Hunter’s Glen?

The front label states ‘Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Company’, who are part of the Whyte & Mackay group specialising in supermarket blends for Lidl.

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The back label does mention Lidl, but of Greek origin.

Quite how it ended up in a bar in the West of Ireland is beyond me.

But as a whisky with no pretensions or provenance – I enjoyed it for what it is – a perfectly acceptable everyday sipper with a slightly smoky tingly dryness on the finish.

Sláinte

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Header image courtesy of Irish Times article here.