Let the SWI’s new sea­son be-’gin’

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS -

A spir­ited speaker got Bel­lochan­tuy Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute’s (SWI) new sea­son off to a fly­ing start. The 2018-2019 year be­gan with a din­ner at the Ar­gyll Ho­tel, Camp­bel­town, last month, where mem­bers raised their glasses to Beinn an Tuirc Dis­tillery and its gin. A spokesper­son said it was a ‘de­light’ to wel­come speaker Emma Ma­cal­is­ter Hall to the an­nual get to­gether where news was ex­changed and an ‘ex­cel­lent’ meal was en­joyed. Mrs Ma­cal­is­ter Hall ex­plained some of the his­tory of Tor­ris­dale Cas­tle and how she and her hus­band Niall made it their home. She de­scribed their sub­se­quent de­ci­sion to put Kin­tyre firmly on the map by open­ing a gin dis­tillery. With head dis­tiller Su Black, who joined the team from Ed­in­burgh, Mrs Ma­cal­is­ter Hall ini­ti­ated the mem­bers into the in­tri­ca­cies of get­ting the cor­rect bal­ance of botan­i­cals to en­sure the con­sis­tent flavour of their gin. The spokesper­son said: ‘Sam­pling the gins with­out the ad­di­tion of a mixer re­ally brought out the dif­fer­ence that cer­tain com­bi­na­tions of botan­i­cals make. Af­ter an ini­tial sip though, we quickly added the said mixer.’ As well as a minia­ture cop­per still sit­ting on the ta­ble, there was a large beau­ti­ful pewter boar given to the dis­tillery – an ap­pro­pri­ate sym­bol, as the dis­tillery name, Beinn an Tuirc, trans­lates as ‘hill of the boar’. Mrs Ma­cal­is­ter Hall judged the fol­low­ing com­pe­ti­tions: pho­tog­ra­phy, au­tumn: Lois Fell, gold, and Mar­garet McKin­non, sil­ver. Fun: A glass: Mar­garet Camp­bell, gold, and Lois Fell, gold. The group’s next meet­ing will be on Mon­day Novem­ber 19 at 7.30pm in Glen­barr Hall when the speaker will be Pat McPher­son from Kin­tyre Pre­serves.

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