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Beer Spotlight: Red MacGregor

Brewer – Orkney Brewery
Red Macgregor is a unique beer: delicate and sophisticated yet the robust cask conditioned version of this beer was the first Scottish beer to win the BIIA World Cask Beer Gold Medal.

On the nose, this ruby-red beer is delicate, floral and fruity, with notes of violets, cherries, toffee and caramel.

On the palate, the fruits combine with a juicy malt character and hints of toasted malt, with a biscuit malt and spicy hop finish.

A brilliant ruby-red colour, with a smooth white head
Delicious perfumed, floral, lychee aromas from Cascade hops, including notes of violets and rose-water, with hints of spiciness and of toasted malts
Rich hop fruits, summer berries, lychees, toffee sweetness and toasted malt, giving way to a clean, dry, refreshing, floral hop bitterness

Key Ingredients
Crystal and chocolate malt give this beer its distinctive ruby-red colour, and its backbone of toasted malt flavour; Cascade hops, rarely found in darker beers, give the floral, perfumed fruitiness


Beer Spotlight- Dragonhead Stout Orkney Breweries

Brewery – Orkney Brewery
A perfect beer.
Dragonhead is a legendary stout: dark, intense and fully-flavoured, it is our tribute to the Vikings and their cultural legacy in Orkney.

On the nose, this black stout has a smooth roasted malt aroma giving bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and Smokey notes balanced by hints of spicy Goldings hop.

On the palate, the dark roasted malts combine to give a rich, rounded palate with chocolate, toast and nut flavours, with a satisfying spicy hop finish.

A black stout, with a deep copper-brown tint, displaying a tight, smooth, tan-coloured head

Bitter chocolate, roast coffee, smokey flavours, moderated by spicy dark fruits

Dark roast malt flavours with hints of chocolate, coffee and toast; a big, rich, sweet, round mouthfeel balanced by a lasting hop bitterness

Key Ingredients
Roast barley, chocolate malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied roasted character; Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the lasting almost smokey bitterness


Beer Spotlight-Orkney Breweries Dark Island

Brewer – Orkney Brewery
A very dark beer with a deep ruby tint, displaying a tight, smooth, almost white head
Aroma – Chocolate, winter fruits and dried fruits, with hints of smooth roasted malt, coffee, nuts and toffee
Palate- Coffee and roast malt flavours, giving way to warm winter fruits and a balanced, more-ish aftertaste
Key Ingredients
Chocolate malt, crystal malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied, maltiness and sweetness; First Gold and Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the winter fruits and dried fruits aspects