Fantastic memories of a beautiful trip to Scotland!
Name: Tennent's Lager
Brewery: Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited
My history with Tennent's Lager is brief, and unfortunately destined to rattle around in my memory for years to come. I've had the pleasure of being invited to a Scottish wedding in Ayr, and from what I’ve been lead to believe, is the home of Robert Burns.
With Haggis and the Royal Mile as a backdrop, I had repeated opportunities to enjoy Tennent's on draft, in bottles, in pubs and at the wedding. I don’t know if my selection of that lager was driven by availability or by my instant love of it, but either way, I took every opportunity to enjoy it during my all too brief time in Ayrshire.
Returning to the states, I was able to track down a store that sold Tennent's, but I don’t think the US demand was enough to encourage the distributors to keep offering it.
At times like this, I’m happy my highly refined taste scale is a pretty simple measurement. Since I’m working from a memory that is faulty when sober, I would put the taste at about a -3. As with most Lagers, you don’t get a hoppy flavor, but I wouldn’t consider Tennent's to be sweet. I do have a bias against green bottles that will be explored at a future date, but luckily if you go to Scotland, you’ll find bars offering it on tap to be ubiquitous.
You may have a difficult time finding this in the US, but even though it travels pretty well, my recommendation is to enjoy it in an authentic Scottish pub, have it on tap, and spend the afternoon drinking and reflecting on the words of Ode To A Haggis!