A rich and warming ale from a pioneering microbrewery.
Food Loves Beer Editors
TRAQUAIR JACOBITE ALE
Originally the brew house for Scotland’s oldest continually occupied estate, the Traquair House brewery ceased production in the early 1800’s but was, fortunately, never dismantled. The equipment was rediscovered by the 20th Laird of Traquair in the early 1960’s, and brewing at the house was revived with the help of the iconic Sandy Hunter and Belhaven Brewery. Now run by the late laird’s daughter, production is staggeringly small for a brewery with international distribution, at only 100,000 liters per year.
Jacobite Ale is a strong Scottish ale based on an 18th-century recipe. Prunes, fruitcake, and toffee dominate the aroma and carry through to the flavor, where they meld with bakers cocoa and bold malt. Scottish brewers often relied on herbs and spices to temper malt sweetness and add a layer of complexity to their beers since their country’s climate is not well suited to growing hops. Traquair Jacobite Ale is brewed with the addition of coriander, which complements the ale’s bittersweet and fruity character. The finish is a luscious mélange of prunes, sultanas and chocolate, all ending with a calming, comforting warmth.
Serve in a snifter or half pint glass at 45-50 F.
Suggested Food Pairings: Shropshire Blue, coffee-rubbed venison loin, and sticky toffee pudding.
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