I found an interesting blog post today with a mention of Islay and its fabulous Whiskies. The blog I found is called whiskyfish.blogspot.com and is about Angling and Dramming. Now that I come to think about it.... there is another combination of whisky and fish called "fishky" but that's something I will save for later. For now I will stick to the angling and dramming blog. The owner of the blog is David Wood who also runs the wine and whisky website. David is a regular visitor of Islay: "Those who read my previous whisky related post will be fully aware of my regard for the Isle of Islay in the Hebrides and the fantastic whiskies that are made there. I visited for the first time in February 2005 with a group of customers and I've visited on average, once every eight weeks since then. I love Islay... and I have a windscreen sticker to prove it." Continue reading....
The post I was most interested in, and the one that caught my attention in the first place, was the post called westering home to Bunnahabhain. This part of Islay is very special with the fast flowing Sound of Islay, the two distilleries, Port Askaig, Dunlossit Estate, the views to Jura and the road to Bunnahabhain, which is my favourite one on Islay. David says: "On a clear day, the view over the Sound to the Paps of Jura is stunning." And at the end of this lovely road lies Bunnahabhain Distillery on one of the most stunning locations on the island, although Caol Ila and Lagavulin can't complain either.
David furthermore explains in his blog post what Bunnahabhain Distillery is all about and what a great whisky they have: "Recently, Bunnahabhain 12 year old has been marketed as "The Gentle taste of Islay" and it is". He also mentions the new spirit: "Bunnahabhain's new make spirit is the best I've ever nosed and has a really good starting point, even before it has been filled in to casks to mature."
Bunnahabhain Distillery seen from the Sound of Islay
As I mentioned above David runs the wine and whisky website and being at Bunnahabhain wasn't just for fun: "We have managed to purchase a cask of heavily peated Bunnahabhain we have now bottled it under our own Queen of the Moorlands Rare Cask label. This bottling is limited to only 82 bottles. The whisky is completely natural and has been bottled straight from the cask without commercial colouring or any chill filtration. I recommend that you put a fire in, sit in your favourite chair, open a bottle and stand well back... it is a monster, both in peat and alcohol (60.2%). This whisky will sell very quickly... get in touch if you would like to reserve a bottle, or two. It is Â£59.99 per bottle." If you are interested you can contact David by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you want to find out what's the best whisky in the world check out this link