I picked up one of each, and will be doing my best to compare them to some mainstream malts. See my earlier reviews here: I expect big, powerful, challenging whiskies from the islands. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking of Lagavulin 16 as the standard by which others are judged I have also reviewed that on reddit, I think. I am not expecting sweet and delicate Speyside notes or the grassy brightness of a Highland. Let’s get to it:
Connemara 12 yr Peated Review
It is a British Crown dependency and therefore not part of the United Kingdom itself ; the UK is responsible for defence and foreign affairs. The island has its own government headed by a Chief Minister and parliament – “Tynwald” consisting of the democratically-elected “House of Keys” and the nominated “Legislative Council”. The Isle of Man is not a full member of the European Union, but an associate member.
Cities[ edit ] Douglas – the capital city.
Bunnahabhain 12 year old 70cl / 46,3% Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottling Our characteristic bottle is smoked oak in colour with dual labelling as with the 18 and 25 year olds.
The house is secluded and quiet, set in spacious grounds with clear views of the Cuillin Hills, designed with the discerning traveller in mind. The master bedroom has a king size bed, and ensuite with double shower, basin, WC and bidet. The second bedroom has twin beds that can be linked to create a superking. Both bedrooms have a fitted wardrobe and ample drawer space. Crisp cotton bed linen, Egyptian cotton towels and a hairdryer are provided.
The main bathroom has a bath, overbath shower, basin, WC and bidet. Complementary handmade toiletries from Ness Soaps are provided. The bright, spacious open plan lounge has comfortable leather seating and solid oak floors with Persian rugs. Picture windows make the most of spectacular views over the Cuillin Hills. The dining area has a cherrywood table and 4 dining chairs, and opens through French doors onto a slate-tiled patio.
An outdoor table and chairs are provided. Oil fired central heating and a log burning stove will keep you cosy even in the coldest weather. The kitchen, conveniently next to the dining area, is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking pots, pans and utensils. There is an oven, microwave and grill, ceramic hob, fridge and freezer.
The Scotch Single Malt Circle
Whisky is more than a drink. Whisky is the stories swirling around the glass. The tales of those long gone, the shouts of current aspirations, the hushed reverie of future dreams. In recent years, the distillery has sought to celebrate is heritage through special limited releases.
This Old Malt Cask bottling spoke to me: younger Talisker (with an age statement!), purportedly aged in sherry, bottled at a potent proof, and only $ The malt was just one month shy of 7 years of age, and bottled in without added coloring or chill filtration. Only bottles were filled out of this single sherry hogshead.
Matured in bourbon quarter casks and Madeira casks. The rich honeyed character is immediate on the nose, luxuriously decadent. The fresh coastal character is also evident. Apples, vanilla and a touch of spice are also subtly present with a hint of toasted oak. It coats the tongue and the notes of apple and vanilla are in abundance. No hint of dryness on the palate, it grows in sweet intensity and provides a rounded mouthfeel.
The addition of water opens up the complexity beautifully and reveals a lighter sweetness of candied lemon.
Review: Isle of Arran 15th Anniversary Single Malt Whisky
As this is one of the more complex of whiskies, it may take some getting used to. Once you can appreciate it, though, nothing beats Talisker for relief at the end of a hard day. Sea air, seaweed, brine, a hint of blood orange. Hard and rocky, evoking sea cliffs and tumbling waterfalls. There is a shadow of heather in the middle notes, and a solid background of peat but not smoke.
Very earthy and mineral.
Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10 year old Colour Ripe Golden Barley Nose The initial rush of vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation – kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon – with just a .
As legend has it, Laird Archibald Campbell awoke in the middle of the night to see the ghostly figure of an old woman hovering over his bed. She berated him over the lack of the golden liquid on the island. It was this apparition that persuaded him to reverse his punitive measure and erect a distillery at an old smugglers’ cave in the hamlet of Craighouse in But the distillery fell into disrepair and it wasn’t until the s when, in a bid to entice new inhabitants to the island, two local estate owners Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith rebuilt the distillery, employing architect William Delme-Evans.
The Whisky Jura’s single malts have won numerous awards, but have no discernible ‘house style’. Within just the core range a taster could experience a spectrum of light and heavy, peated and unpeated. Jura’s location on The Gulf Stream , with its exceptionally mild climate and gentle breezes, together with the local spring water, are significant factors contributing to Jura’s flavours. The Core Range Origin Origin is a ten year old whisky that carries the traditional Celtic symbol for birth, beginning and the forces of nature.
A light and delicate spirit which has a lingering taste of warming gentle oak, notes of honey and caramel, soft liquorice and roasted coffee beans. Superstition There are said to be[ who? This ancient symbol dates back to the Egyptian times and is long rumoured to bring good fortune, providing the whisky is poured in the correct manner, by holding the bottle with the Ankh cross in the centre of your palm.
This spirit has a unique style and character, with tastes of spice, honey, pine and peat with a whisper of smoke. Diurachs’ Own This rich and full bodied spirit has flavours of dark chocolate combined with oranges and spices which leave a sweet toffee and honey finish, it is sixteen years old.
Luxury and tranquility on the Isle of Skye
Today was the day, I finally found it in Indianapolis of all places. When I woke up this morning, I had no idea I would be drinking the same scotch my ancestors have been drinking for over two hundred years. Well, the zoo had at least fifty school busses in the car park all there for field trips. Oh how wrong was I, it seemed most of them assigned five to seven children to each adult so they were everywhere, screaming, pushing, standing in front of me, stepping on my feet, it was a nightmare.
After the zoo I decided to go to the one place I can always count on to not be filled with a screaming children, but instead be filled with tasty food and Guinness, an Irish pub. By about one thirty in the afternoon, I had a bowl of Irish beef stew and a pint of Guinness in front of me, and I was at peace.
The Arran Malt aged 10 years (46%) and The Arran Malt aged 14 years (46%). This malt is produced using un-peated malted barley, which helps to create a beautifully rounded and well balanced single : £
These generous whiskies, with their individual flavours, do recall the world of hills and glens, of raging elements, of shelter, of divine ease. The perfect moment for their reception is after arduous bodily stress–or mental stress if the body be sound. The essential oils that wind in the glass then uncurl their long fingers in lingering benediction and the nobler works of creation are made manifest. At such a moment, the basest man would bless his enemy.
Gunn, a Highland Scot, was referring to single-malt Scotch whiskies, the individual products of copper pot stills with the ability to arouse passion and acts of pilgrimage from whisky drinkers around the world. My local pub in Portland, Oregon, displays more than 60 single malts along its back bar, each one with a story to tell and a place to discover.
Isle of Jura Seven Wood Single Malt Scotch, Jura (750ml)
The Beinn Edra Hill on Skye in summer. There are fears that some have been illegally removed, so if you go to Valtos, take care not to damage any prehistoric evidence you find there. Fossils from the Middle Jurassic period have also been found on Skye. Elgol on the island of Skye. Barrie Eyre from geograph.
Celebrate all things autumn with our Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter, and Peachwood Single Malt cocktail. One sip and you’ll be transported to a burgeoning orchard on a crisp fall day.
Prehistory[ edit ] A Mesolithic hunter-gatherer site dating to the 7th millennium BC at An Corran in Staffin is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Scotland. Its occupation is probably linked to that of the rock shelter at Sand, Applecross , on the mainland coast of Wester Ross where tools made of a mudstone from An Corran have been found. Surveys of the area between the two shores of the Inner Sound and Sound of Raasay have revealed 33 sites with potentially Mesolithic deposits.
There is a 2nd or 3rd millennium BC chambered cairn , an Iron Age promontory fort and the remains of another prehistoric settlement dating from the Bronze Age nearby. Loch na h-Airde on the peninsula is linked to the sea by an artificial “Viking” canal that may date from the later period of Norse settlement. However, apart from placenames, little remains of their presence on Skye in the written or archaeological record.
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The distillery was established in and is one of the oldest commercial whisky distilleries in the world. They make two different brands of whisky, Tobermory and a peated whisky called Ledaig. Why I am telling you this? Well, put simply, Caermory Whisky is a third part bottling of Tobermory, with a rather interesting origin. Caermory is available to buy at Fareham Wine Cellar.
The Isle of Man is one of the most beautiful locations in the British Isles, with stunning landscapes, rugged coastlines, lush valleys, and wooded glens. It gives me great pleasure to present my showcase of images available as prints, canvas and handmade greeting cards.
Published 8 times a year Whisky Magazine is the perfect complement to the dram in your glass. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt. Taste A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak. Finish It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip.
This is a beautifully made whisky. Arran has come a long way in 10 years. Truly the best things in life are always worth waiting for! The array of aromas on display is underpinned by a delightful barley sugar character. Palate A true blast of fresh island character with a full-bodied, oily edge which coats the palate.