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The Clynelish Distillery

Founded in 1819 by the Marquis of Stafford, later the much reviled Duke of Sutherland, the distillery at Brora provided his Grace with a valuable rental stream. It also furnished the tenant farmers with a steady outlet for their golden barley. The actual name of the distillery, Clynelish, is a clear indication of the agricultural richness of this east coast strip of Scotland, meaning sloped garden. The local climate is enhanced by the warm Atlantic currents brought ashore on the Gulf Stream Drift. Today Brora is a resort famous for fishing, golf and whisky.

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Dolcetto (Dol-chetto) is a lovely red wine to have at hand, in case of an Indian Summer. The name loosely translates as little sweet one, referring to the grape and not to the wine. Dolcetto harks back to the days before wine makers began to beef-up their product and push up the alcohol levels. This is a rather old fashioned red wine, but one full of subtlety. The grapes with their deep, dark purple skins have been cultivated for centuries in the Piedmont region of extreme north-west Italy. Dolcetto, recorded as Dozzetti, is mentioned in reports from the village of Dogliani, in 1593, and was exported to Britain in the early 1700s. George II received a gift of Dolcetto wine in 1727.

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