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Harviestoun: Orach Slie

My name is Charlie and I’m addicted to Scottish beer. Apparently. Who knew? Next time I’ll make sure my beer is from another country, I promise. I know you’re on the edge of your seats.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of Harviestoun’s Orach Slie, a lager matured in Glenfarclas whisky casks. I was quite excited about this because, although my experience is fairly limited, I haven’t yet found a Harviestoun I don’t like. As I’m not a whisky drinker I didn’t have any knowledge about Glenfarclas, but I assumed it would bring a sweetness to the beer. Was I right? Only one way to find out…

Orach Slie 6%


Just look at that brilliant white head and hazy straw colour. It’s like watching the sun go down in a glass (I’m in the wrong job here; poet laureate anyone?) On the nose there were distinct aromas of vanilla, sweet sherry and a biscuit maltiness. To be fair, at this point it was all I could do not to pour it all over my face. 

The taste was not what I was expecting for a lager at all. It was very malty (milk biscuits again) and the sweet taste of sherry soaked dry fruit came through, but not in an overpowering way. With every sip I was tasting something new and interesting, yet within all this sweet maltiness there was also a tang to it, almost cider like. So strange, but so good! 

Would recommend leaving it out of the fridge for a while before drinking. This is definitely a beer that tastes better at room temperature than ice cold. 


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