Landlord Pale Ale | Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited

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Brewed by:
Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-18-2002

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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting the bottled version of this legendary pale ale. BBE JUNE 2007, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: dark amber, with a 3cm thick off-white, well-sustaining beer head, slowly retreating with uneven sheets of lacing behind; moderate fizziness with medium- and small-sized bubbles slowly ascending from the bottom.
S: enticing hop aroma abounds... hops resins, a slightly ashy note and cream present upfront, backed by lots of honey-ish & runny-syrupy malts and a mixed hop aroma (sweet lemon, tangerine, sultanas, flowery and peppery edge...). Overall, semi-sweet, lots of aromatic hops, smelling delicious...
T: a wave of floral and tea-ish hoppyness roams freely on the palate from the first second onwards, balanced with a mildly honey-ish malty backbone and soothing fruits (sour-sweet sultanas); the foretaste is slowly taken over by a bitter impact from the lightly peppery and orangey hops (reminiscent of Styrian Goldings) that eventually overwhelms the palate, leaving the tangy, even citric-zesty bitterness sneaking into four corners of the mouth. The bitterness and hop aromas linger superbly...
M&D: semi-effervescent on the mouthfeel, not sharp but more lively than being just smooth; medium-bodied, aromatic and flavoursome, this is a very quaffable pale ale indeed. Compared with my note of the bottled-version six months ago, this one is still good. But the draught version, when on form, is simply sublime with an edge that a filtered (+perhaps pasteurised) bottle can't possibly compete with.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare...

Poured a nice coppery amber colour with orange tinges... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and meringue like then faded to nice creamy layer... Decent amount of carbonation drifts to the surface. Light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Light toasted caramel maltiness, nice juicy fruits (oranges, some figs, pears and apples), some pine notes, light nuttiness, nice biscuity notes, grassy / floral / spicy hops, nice light honey / toffee sweetness, some herbal hints, faint woody / leathery traces...

Taste – Nice strong juicy / spicy hop bitterness, toasted biscuity malts, very light toffee sweetness, juicy tart fruits (bitter oranges, some grapefruits, pears), peppery, grassiness, definite herbal notes...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium body... Supremely drinkable - i could happily quaff this all night...

Overall - A first class pale ale.... one of my favourites. Highly recommended !!!

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Photo of haz77
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a handled pint mug an orangey copper with a nice inch of off-white head which has good retention and leaves behind clumps of lacing. Looks to have light to medium carbonation.

S - Floral hops, sweet malts. Very fresh and inviting.

T - Taste matches the smell. Sweet malts and herbal, floral hops. Aftertaste is deliciously bitter and slightly astringent

M - Medium carbonation and body. Very refreshing.

D - Beyond drinkable. This is about as perfect a session brew as I've had. Great stuff.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml brown ‘tall-boy’ glass bottle, rather distinctive by its sheer simplicity. Sealed with a dark green crown cap, which has the Timothy Taylor sheaf motif and the words ‘EST 1858’ on it in gold. The main label has remained unchanged for a long time, and displays a swelling belly tightly clad in a red waistcoat of said Landlord whilst toasting the Imbiber with a pewter tankard of TT’s finest. Labeled as ‘Timothy Taylor’s – Championship Winner – Landlord - Strong Pale Ale’. A simple cream colored neck label completes the old style presentation. Listed at ABV 4.1% with a Best Before Date JAN 07 printed on the bottle neck in a yellow ink dot-matrix style.

Appearance: Poured in one go into a 22 ounce straight sided handle Mug, the perfect receptacle for such a worthy brew. Dark copper orange with a burnt golden hue, all topped off with a rocky and very frothy off-white head. A gentle rush of racing streamers fills the body as it settles down to a crystal clear torso. A quick flick of the wrist invokes a cascading milky rush of finely dissolved carbonation that races around and replenishes the head, which in turn leaves a solid thick lacing on the sides of the glass, just like the Cask version. Flawless looks; sheer perfection with a smidgeon of random variance thrown in for good measure, no doubt to avoid that plastic look and add some reality. Makes Yorkshiremen go weak at the knees. Utterly enticing with a very sexy appearance that just begs you to take a massive slake for the first mouthful.

Nose: Lots of spicy hops with a solid backing from the malts. Fresh and clean with some green hop stains and an ‘off-the-vine’ character that takes you far away from the Brewery and back into the field. Hints of grass-stained spice tease. Enticing and captivating.

Taste: The hops really shine through in this one, but it remains firmly in the Pale Ale camp, accentuating the hops over the solidity of the base malts but always in balance. A spicy fruity character runs throughout this brew. “Fruity” is often a term applied to Landlord in Yorkshire, but it has nothing to do with fruits, moreover it’s a local reference to the freshness and vivacious nature that the hops and yeast can add. Bitterness is in check, just enough to tango with the hop character and face-off the malts. Finish is a little floral with a pleasing and very satisfying ending. Incredibly Moorish!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and intensely refreshing, clean with no detritus whatsoever. Streamlined with ‘go-faster’ stripes from the hops and plenty of body. Past bottled examples from the late 80’s had way too much carbonation for my liking, but this recent example is perfection, middle of the road carbonation that imparts the correct level of conditioning with a bold feel which plays way above its 4.1 batting average.

Drinkability: A half-litre gone in no time……it threw me right back to my recent trip around Keighley some 4 weeks ago now when I sampled plenty of Taylor’s from the Cask. Sheer indulgence without the guilty feel, never filling but always satisfying and immensely quaffable - I just find it so hard to put this one down, well back on the table that is, not down the neck. I have never run my finger into an empty glass to take out the thick lacing, but I did on this occasion. More please.

Overall: I have not tried the bottled version of Landlord for some years, many years in fact. I have to say that I am very impressed with what is after all a filtered brew that shouldn’t be so good given typical experience of such bottled offerings of classic brews from the UK. Somehow, Taylor’s manage to bottle the very essence of Cask Landlord whilst adding a little bolstering in the hops department for the bottles journey. I’d still take the Cask version anytime, but being some 5,000 miles away I would never turn this one away if it were ever exported to the US, though I know that will likely never ever happen, somehow part of me hopes it doesn’t, that way I always have something to look forward to. Probably the best English bottled beer that I have had in years.

A Classic English Pale Ale that is definitely World Class!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap is this good! Here I'm thinking "just another English Pale Ale" and I had no idea how wrong I could be... The brewer describes this as a "Strong Pale Ale" and surprisingly at 4.1% ABV (for the bottled version) it is the strongest brew they make with the others in the 3.5 to 4.0 range. For all that you'd expect a weak, watery beer but with those expectations you'll be in for a real surprise!

The pour is a sign of good things to come with a deep amber yellow body and a large sticky white head. The lumpy, clumpy foam stays around for quite a long time and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The nose is surprisingly hoppy with a good floral hit right off the bat. Mild sweet notes in the smell but the rest is fresh-mown lawn and a bit of pine needles as well.

After the nose the flavor comes as no surprise - strong, clean hops are the star of the show here. If you're a fan of Noble hops you'll love this beer. I'm told the primary hop is Saaz and I'd believe it - there's an awful lot of similarity between this brew and a well hopped Pilsner. The malt body is quite a bit sweeter and fruitier than a Pils but the hops have that sharp characteristic that's unmistakable. There are clear hemp-like notes in this brew and a sweet freshness that I've only ever experienced in West Coast "fresh hopped" ales.

Mouthfeel is quite good - even after that fluffy head there's enough carbonation to put a lot of 'sparkle' in each sip. For all the predomiant hop flavors the bitterness is well reigned in - enough to dry the sip but far from astringent. The beer is medium bodied with just a hint of oily residue but the carbonation and hopping balances things out perfectly.

Drinkability is tops in all categories - flavorful but not overpowering, hoppy but not bitter and with this low an ABV it would make a great session beer. It's a shame that I don't have any more on hand and it's unlikely that my beer mule will be travelling to the UK anytime soon enough. Yet another example that you don't need a high ABV to have a flavorful beer. This beer is 'bigger' than most of the 8.0% DIPAs out there - no contest.

[Thanks to rapopoda for hauling this 5,000 miles for my drinking pleasure...]

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper orange apricot colour with two fingers of bubbly foam. Good lacing and the head settled to a bubbly white cap. Aroma is of honey, apricots and floral hops. Largely bitter with a long finish, honey and nectar flavours most obvious, very hoppy as expected and some fruit flavours too (apricot?). Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good amount of carbonation. Very nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of JanM
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had two pints of Timothy Taylor's Landlord that day in Leeds. The first one at the venerated real ale temple of the Duck & Drake which was just the right setting for my initiation. Handpulled from a cask, it poured with an orange gold color and with creamy foam, smelling of sweet citruses and flowers. It had a full, malty taste with a hint of pears. It was discreetly carbonated and had a great mouthfeel. Landlord definately belongs in the IPA Hall of Fame. Later that day I had another pint at Leeds Station's White Rose. It was served slightly colder and with a little more carbonation which suits my palate better.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear ruby ambe in colour with a lovely off white head.
The smell is docile but has hops as its basis.
The taste is a great balance of hops and a moderating sweetness of malt
I think this is a subdued pale ale , which is extremely pleasant and extremely drinkable
I dont know where the " strog " comes in , but I would be pretty damn happy if the local pub could pull a pint of this.

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Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, tawny-gold bronze in hue, the liquid is classic looking. Slightly off-white head, at the zenith the foam was two-fingers in height. Damn this head is sticky! It slowly faded to a frothy cap, clumpy in spots. A thinner cap lasted the entire consumption, which is outstanding. The subsequent lacing was widespread, chunky in spots, unorganized but beautiful. This is a damn good looking pint!

The nose has a light tea aroma and a fair amount of butter and caramel. Light toasty maltiness too, softly woody, some hay notes, and a kiss of orchard. Firm potency, I can easily smell the nuances of this beer. Honestly, I was expecting more. It is the embodiment of a British Pale Ale, no doubt. I thought there would be a crisper hoppy aroma. My disappointment is minimal as the bouquet is well-rounded and inviting. That is all that matters.

I really like the palate. A Saaz hop bite really hits the back of the throat, it is an eye-opener. Whoa. I wasn’t expecting this based on the nose, I’m glad this beer had it in her. Spicy at the finish and sweet at the start; in the middle is a medley of hay, wood, grain, caramel, butter, dried orange peel, bread, crackers, and a vague fruity vibe way in the distance. There is plenty going on here, I understand the praise this beer gets. I can only imagine how much better this beer would be on cask. I just dirtied my shorts with that thought. The biting finish cuts the aftertaste short but that just makes me want to take another sip. This is a damn fine EPA.

Medium in body, it is a firm medium though, I like it. It isn’t fat, it is stiff. Hard carbonation; the mouthfeel fits this beer faultlessly. Stupendous!

This beer has really grown on me. I liked it. Then I really liked it. By the end, I loved it. My word… this is one tasty beer. It is the complete package, IMO. It is very flavorful, easy to drink, and low in alcohol. This is a session beer; it is the definition of a session beer, in fact. Check the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Landlord. This is a great beer, simple as that. My sample arrived fresh from England via Howard and Lynne, thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to enjoy this beer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of hefevice
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, getting pretty close to use by date (3 months). Pours clear orange/amber with a good bubbly head that retains pretty well. Sweet malt and flowery hops dominate the aroma with a little grass in the background. Flavour is sweet at first, then the bitterness hits and stays around for a while in the aftertaste. Probably mild for hop-heads, but quite bitter for me. Carbonation is good and overall it goes down quite smooth. I think I need a bit more practice with this style.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Albion in Chester, UK. I have to note that they charged me less than 2 pounds for an incredible imperial pint. This one came with much hype, which made me nervous. If so many people call it the best beer in the world, including Longbeachbum and Madonna, will my review be tainted?

It certainly is a beautiful beer. It pours a clear orange yellow with a decent off-white head, excellent lacing
Slight citric hop nose with some grains mixing around, overall it is quite sweet smelling
Floral and citric hop mix in the beginning smoothed over by deliciously smooth malt goodness.
Medium bodied and amazaingly drinkable. This one lingers a bit with some light bitterness, but isn’t overly astringent.
Note: Had this in bottle form a few times, which isn’t even in the same galaxy as having the brew fresh and in the cask. In bottle, it was very hoppy and bitter. It is amazingly smooth and complex on cask. If this was available locally, I’d have trouble drinking anything else.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Cask at the Bow Bar in Edinburgh. This was "reet on-form" Darren, I can assure you, but I would still like to try it in it's natural habitat (Keighley, West Yorkshire), to see if it really is "jus' dat much better dere'! A dark golden/orange/glowing pumpkin looking brew with a modest head for a cask ale that leaves patchy lacing all over my IMPERIAL:-) Pint glass! Aromas are very "tea-like" and oh-so British, with the saaz aroma hitting my nostrils hard up front, leading into a lovely warm-bread maltiness and a slightly dry floral, fruity hop finish. Very nice. Taste is zesty and hoppy up front with some nice citrus flavors that melt into a bready malt flavor that leads into a hoppy, dry, zesty and slightly bitter finish. Yum. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, and just oh-so-right, drinkability is ridiculous. I can have QUITE a few of these if push comes to shove! Yes yes, it is as good as they say it is. One of the best English Pale Ales that I have ever imbibided, and certainly worthy of it's hype! One of the best cask ales going, like for sure dude, sha-mown! Darren, when are you taking me to West Yorkshire. I'm free this weekend!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light brown to light amber, great clarity, lush bed of cream-white spongey foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: notes of caramelly malt and leather, woodsy hops, grain, hint of coffee

Flavor: a biscuity malt sweetness is quickly enveloped in a pert citrusy hop flavor and bitterness, hints of pine needles and wood tanin, finishes dry with a long lingering aftertaste of pine and citrus rind

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp texture, tingling carbonation, a bit minerally

Other comments: Really crisp and fresh tasting. Sort of explodes with classic English hop flavor. It's no wonder this has been (and arguable still is) one of the hallmark English pale ales.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

IMO this is simply the ultimate pale ale. It pours a golden bronze color and has amazing carbonation, a galaxy of of bubbles of all different sizes. The head is thick and solid, like wipped cream, and it lasts through the whole pint. Lacing is copious.
The smell is out of this world. A perfect blend of biscuity malts, leafy hops, and subtle fruitiness, with hints of bubblegum, banana and honey.
The taste extremely full flavored. Fresh aromatic hops and nutty and bready malts in the front with a good dose of bitterness in the finish. The yeast imparts a crisp flavor, truly brilliant.
The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat grassy from the hops, and the carbonation leaves a delicate tingle on your tongue.
this is definitely the best Pale Ale Ive ever tried. So quaffable it hurts.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/yellow/golden and caramel swirl wiht a modest head that leaves a hodge-podge of lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel and light fruits and a roasted grain araom with some moderately spiced notes.
Flavor of caramel and biscuity malt and some slightly bready notes and a distinctively sharp butshort bitter note.
Mouthfeel is smooth to start moving to a hard water middle and finishing with a gritty but very tasst yeast hit.
Drinkability is very quaffable, very good beer.

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Photo of diablo14
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Landlord pale shows what highly hopped beers are all about. Yorkshire is one if my favorite beer regions, and this is one of the best from the area. You can drink this over and over and over, and never tire of its wondrous character.

Landlord calls itself a strong pale ale, but it's in flavor not ABV where the strength lays. It's a lovely deep golden amber color with a thick, foamy white head that really sticks. There are strong malt and straw scents with big lashings of flowery hops that are also quite herbaceous. smooth malt taste and hints of cut hay and just a smidgeon of sweetness. Then there's a massive hop finish that rams it all home. This beer has a spicy, peppery bitterness that is one of the driest you'll come across, and tingles all the way down the pipe. Simply superb! Landlord is so tasty you cannot help but come back for another.

Quite simply, Tim Taylors have brewed one of the great pale ales anywhere. Yet another english classic that clearly shows a brewer does not have to go over the top to create a big, powerful beer.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pour with an attractive amber body, light brown hues, creamy head.

Taste is malty, with a definate hoppy kick. Lavender aromas and a nice bitter dry flavour, very tasty, mush more carbonation than on cask also, strong powerful flavours of good cloudy greek honey

A great beer, would definatly try it again, bottled its a different kettle of fish, more carbonation which cuts on the drinkability

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Photo of ark57
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its rocky head and golden light brown color are only the tip of the iceberg. It has a floral, citrus aroma with a sweetness that makes you glad you chose it. Allegedly designed to clear the throats of Yorkshire coalminers, it starts with a big malty taste (caramel) and finishes bitter and dry tying in the floral spiciness that was initially smelled. This is a very quaffable beer and one that would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of zerk
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy copper with a persistent and pillowy white head that leaves quite a bit of lace. Aroma is full of malt, with caramel and bread notes, and some floral and earthy hops. Flavor begins somewhat sweet with some caramel and citrus notes, then becomes quite bitter with an herbal finish. Quite hoppy compared to other British Pale Ales I've had... quite a bit of character to this one. I still would love to try this one on cask, as the bottled version is perhaps a bit overcarbonated.

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Photo of BenConnery
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be perhaps my favourite flat warm English beer. I first tried it in a pub in London so perhaps not as good as could be if tried around its home town but such an easy drinking full bodied tasty ale.
A pale dark golden in colour this ale has been awarded time and time again with good reason. Forget a bottled version, get this one on tap in a full measure pint glass (Remember, "Mine's a Full Pint!"). This sort of beer is the thing I miss most about England. Floral aromas with the malt and hops coming through but not overpowering, full flavoured and so easy to drink, served at room temperature, say 12C(something or other F, who knows...) in a good pub without chrome fittings and too loud music,and, but I digress. If you are in England, try this beer.

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Photo of ToneControl
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best bottled approximation of real english Cask-conditioned ale that I have ever tasted.
It has a lovely malty smell as well as the above-average hop content. The head forms proper deep shapes, unlike typical "foams".

Occasionally, even properly chilled bottles overflow on opening, so be ready. I had a few "sour" bottles once, but 98% of the time, this has been the best buy I can find in the bitter style.

I like to pour it into the glass, to lose some of the fizz - it then tastes more like cask beer. Also - do not drink this beer too chilled - I think about 11 C is correct.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superb session ale indeed!!!! Make sure you let it warm up a bit if you store it in your fridge, the zesty hop bitterness in particular really starts to develop as it warms, extremely tasty brew, satisfying bitterness, excellent!!!!

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Landlord Pale Ale from Timothy Taylor & Co. Limited
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