Today, I check if an award-winning Landlord from West Yorkshire is actually so special.
Timothy Taylor brewery where the ale Landlord comes from, was founded in 1858 in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
In 1928, this brewery won his first prize, and from that time until today, picked up them already over seventy!
From the position of an independent, local brewery it is slowly becoming a national player, especially after development and modernization in 2003. This has allowed it reach with its products to all parts of the country.
Landlord is formed in 1952 and becoming the leading brand and true flagship of this brewery.
In 1982 Landlord becomes the winner of the CAMRA annual competition winning the title Beer of the Year. Let me add that this prize was awarded for the first time then, and so far this beer can boast of four such titles.
At that time, regular supply of Landlord move to London.
In the 1999/2000 season, Timothy Taylor’s flagship, for the first time in the history of beer competitions, raked in doubleton winning the title of CAMRA Beer of the Year and Champion on the Brewers‘ International Exhibition.
Besides, the champion of The International Brewing Awards Landlord has been four times as well – the quantity of titles and awards can spin in head because this ale was awarded much much more.
I state that it is a category cask–ale, but the bottled version has them on his account quite a lot. Medals of all colors have been repeatedly awarded in competitions British Bottling Institute, British Bottling Awards, International Brewing Awards, etc.
Being aware from what a champion I am dealing with a slight jitters I started to taste.
I must admit that the package as a master looks very modestly. The label of the bottle standing on a store shelf, instead of attract the eye of the buyer rather allowed to slip behind in search of a more attractive target. Graphically, there is no mad.
Besides, Landlord for years exposes the silhouette of a bald gentleman with a mug of beer, this character was etched on the tradition and history of this ale – the brewery is into it clearly very attached. It seems, however, that it does not makes it easier to reach out to the masses of new consumers, especially the younger generation.
Anyway take a look for a few historical labels:
But let me leave aside outer cover, the most important after all is what is hidden inside the glass.
So, I open the bottle and now proceed to a presentation.
Name: Landlord, alc. 4.1% vol.
Brewery: Timothy Taylor’s Knowle Spring Brewery, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
Classic Pale Ale, the expiry date of 07/2016.
After pouring we get a nice, high white head which fairly quickly descends – in the form of the ring remain to the end.
The color of ale: amber.
The smell of malt with hop note, pleasant; then come aromas of fruit.
Taste: malt, then hops with a hint of citrus, mild. Bitter finish, but toned down.
Light sour. Saturation slightly.
And, well… that’s it… ale drunk with pleasure.
All components of flavors, aromas create a toned whole – no element dominates.
Everything is arranged and well behaved like an English lord. A true gentleman from this Landlord.
If someone is expecting fireworks may be disappointed. Is a typical English ale. It is like a model of a meter from Sevres.
When someone asks you ‘how to taste those English ales’, then invite him for a pint of Landlord from West Yorkshire.