Back in January Tempest were out in Estonia with the legendary Põhjala to conjure up this beauty... a modern take on the traditional Scottish 160/- shilling ale, brewed with wildflower honey and aged in a blend of Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan whisky casks.
Its name derives from the old shilling system, used in Scotland when beer duty was introduced in the 1800's and was determined by the strength of the beer, duty ranging from 80/- to 160/-.
TASTE: Toasted bread smeared with rich, sweet honey and marzipan esters slide across the palate. Toffee and a gentle peat smoke join the dance, with undertones of Tuscan leather lingering across the tongue. Diving deeper reveals hints of poached pears, before a final crescendo of dried fruits and warming spices.
APPEARANCE: Burnt amber with a dark brown head.
NOSE: Caramelised pecans and sticky toffee pudding fill the air, with rich oak and honey not far behind.
MALTS: Golden Promise low colour, Munich malt, Dextrin malt, Cara pale
HOPS: Chinook, Hallertau Mittelfrüh