Origin: Innerleithen, Peebles, Scotland
Hailing from Scotland's 'oldest inhabited house' - the Traquair Estate, this brew is based on an 18th century recipe. The grown-ups rate this as a Top 50 beer, no small feat and with good reason. Brewed as to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Jacobite rebellion, (hashtag TOPICAL) it proved so popular it's remained on sale since. History buffs will note the reference to toasting 'the King O'er the Water' - referring to the clandestine act of raising a glass to Bonnie Prince Charlie over a bowl of water.
As regular sadsack readers will note I love these historically resuscitated ales (see also Guinness' XX), Just think maybe this may be what those Catholic rebels supped on during those cold winter nights freezing their nuts off north of the border?!
Also worth noting the suggestion to 'sip slowly' - it's delicious but it's also 8% (i.e. rocket fuel).