Younger's Tartan Special is a Scots retro hit

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Retro beer Younger’s Tartan Special has been winning new fans in the off-trade after being revived by Wells & Young’s.

The brewer said the ale - official beer of Scotland’s Tartan Army in the 1978 World Cup - had enjoyed strong sales since being rolled out into Morrisons across Scotland a few weeks ago. Although the beer (rsp: £4.49/500ml four-pack) had been available only in the on-trade since the 1990s, brand awareness was strong, it added.

The brewer is in talks with other retailers and expects to hit more stores in Scotland. Wells & Young’s bought the brand from Heineken UK in 2011 along with McEwan’s Export.

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  • my family were a huge fan of tartan special years ago.then it just vanished.i have been searching for it for years.then my mum and sister were shopping at the end of february.they were in a morrisons store,and low and behold they came over tartan special.they got mr a 4 pack and i had then right away,since then i have purchased more.thanks for bringing it back.

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  • Where can I buy tartan special in Inverness ,great beer and would like to see it back in my local

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  • I thought it disappearred in the early ninties and hope it has kept the look and taste as it was far superior to the many cask ales that replaced it

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  • It's back. Only question I have us why did it ever go away?
    I obviously wasn't drinking enough of it to keep it profitable...
    Well mr younger, keep it coming and don't ever stop it again, tennents has been a poor substitute for years, keep it Scottish.
    Keep it SPECIAL :-)

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  • Missed it since I moved down to England eleven years ago, only seen it once down here, a friend I was sharing the house with, was returning from visiting his ex,and his girls, he spotted a case of Tartan in a shop (Rhythm n' Booze), on promotion, so he brought some home,(only Tartan I've since I came here!) At that time you could buy red cans of McEwans Export in any Supermarket, shop, or off-licence, but even they have disappeared now! On the other hand, you can buy Guinness anywhere, or all the foreign muck of the day! If that's not an example of typical English racial prejudice,then show me what is! Question: when will we see Youngers Tartan Special, down here in England?

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  • I drank Tartan away back in the day, and not knowing it was back on sale to my surprise today in Morrisons there I saw the legendary tins so I now have a supply in for the weekend. Great to see it back .

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  • I remember this beer from my time as a student in St Andrews in the 70s.

    It was utterly ghastly and was only drunk by people who had never tried anything better.

    Wells and Youngs should have let this dreadful drink lie in its grave.

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  • Fantastic !...i thought i would never see it back on the shelves again. i bought 8 cans this afternoon at my local Morrisons in Aberdeen.....'what a very pleasant surprise, tastes just as good as i remember it. Just hope it gets to more shops and back in the that would be really nice..... I
    will have to let my mates down England know its back !

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  • Does anyone no where in Glasgow I could buy Tartan Special.

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  • Not the same now cans are brewed in Bedford, England by Wells and Youngs. They need to bring canned and bottled production of Tartan Special and McEwans beers back to Edinburgh. Origin of the water makes a huge difference to a beer.

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