Mixing Scottish whisky with Scottish beer? There are several brewers now using this flavour combination, but this is thought to be the first beer to do so. It works really well, the flavours are balanced, it is a pleasure to drink. Even if you are not keen on whisky you would enjoy this beer because the whisky taste is not strong and gives a slight sweetness to the drink.
What could be more Scottish than a beer with a whisky taste? The whisky taste and the beer taste are nicely balanced. This makes it easy to drink as there are no overwhelming flavours. The whisky leaves a pleasant, smooth aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. It is 7.7%, but tastes like a lighter beer, so is much easier to drink than I expected. This beer was a Winner at the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2006.
The reason the beer is called 1488 is because Tullibardine whisky distillery can trace its origins to this date. The distillery is located about 16 miles from Stirling in the village of Blackford.
The name is in honour of a local legend that a howling wolf saved Stirling by alerting the defenders to a approaching Viking army.
If you are visiting Stirling or Perthshire then this is an ideal local beer to go with your journey.