GLENGOYNE TOASTS ITS HISTORY AT THE FRINGE
By Peter Ranscombe – 5th August 2018
The performance’s narrative follows the history of the distillery, explaining why such a slow production process was adopted.
Instead of concentrating on dates, facts and figures, Dallas focuses on the people who played roles in the distillery’s history, Pictures of the distillery and the characters involved in its story are projected onto two of the walls, with clouds and later the “angels” stealing their “angels’ share” are cast onto the ceiling, creating a really immersive experience.
There are some nice touches, like the hands projected onto the face of a grandfather clock running backwards.
Each character’s face is projected onto the wall as they tell their story – but Dallas also dresses up as Cochran Cartwright, the distillery’s first manager, and delivers an energetic and engaging performance.
The show has a very relaxed feel, with guests staying at the end to chat with Dallas and nurse their final drams – a Cask Strength Glengoyne at 59.1% alcohol by volume (ABV), which was full of dark chocolate, marmalade and heavy vanilla aromas and flavours, with really hot alcohol notes as would be expected from a cask-strength malt.
I felt the whisky’s flavours were lost against the chocolate truffle with which it was paired, with the mouth-coating chocolate emphasising the heat of the Scotch.
Going back and trying the chocolate truffle with the 10 year old highlighted those green apple flavours again and made for a more refreshing match for me.
Whisky and food matching – whether it’s with Scotch beef, Orkney beef or even desserts – is great fun; and even more so when you have a guide like Dallas on the journey.
Projector Club are:
Ross Blair, Brian Elph, Robert Motyka
Drawings, Light and projections design, Project management, Motion Graphics, Character animating, Video and audio edit, Projection mapping