First up, the weather was glorious. Off to a good start!
Laphroaig Select - matured in American oak (not ex-bourbon), sherry casks, Oloroso sherry butts, 1/4 casks and PX sherry casks. A cornucopia of sweet, dry, fruit and smoke.
10 year old original - cask strength version of the beloved Laphroaig 10. Powerful, medicinal, smoky.
Quarter Cask - a perennial favourite and possibly the best value Laphroaig in our fair Province. Matured in ex Bourbon casks, then small American oak 1/4 casks. Laphroaig with toffee.
Triple Wood - the 1/4 cask with added maturation in oloroso casks. Think smoky, peaty, dark toffee, dried fruits, nuts, smoky, oily, spicy, smoky, sweet, smoky. I like it a lot.
18 year old. Heavenly, elegant Laphroaig. Matures very nicely to advanced years.
Cairdeas (Friendship) 2014. The annual Friends of Laphroaig bottling, which does double duty as the festival bottle. Laphroaig finished in Amontillado sherry casks for a year. The finishing casks come through loud and clear and provide a fruit flavour spectrum from citrus to dried, as well as a lot of nutty character. The Laphroaig smokiness is more subdued in this one, but I loved the whole package. A very nice dram!
Third, the music by the Simon Moran Trio was jolly!
|Soaps, lotions, marmalade, scarves -& Scotch!|
|Imposing Kildalton Cross|
|Simply leave money in the blue box for hot drinks and baked goods.|
|Beautiful moors around Kildalton|
|Very jaggy nettles!|
and a walk on the Mull of Oa,
|Mull of Oa|
as well as a chat with a fellow working at the Port Ellen malt storage and filling station,
|Demand for malted barley on Islay outstrips local supply|
|the whisky menu|
|Silent Port Ellen Distillery next to Port Ellen Malting works|
GrapeScot Islay Tour 2015I'll be back at Laphroaig as part of the GrapeScot Islay Whisky Tour, August 2015. Drop me a line if you'd like to receive the details of a grand experience there, and at all the other great distilleries on this beautiful Hebridean island. For more on Laphroaig distillery, you can read my post from my previous visit.
a fine distillery (also on the tour), and one that hosted a grand day during the whisky festival. Check back soon or, better still, sign up above for email updates. You'll only receive an email when a new story is posted.