The Home Gathering in Bowmore Hall last Saturday saw the launch of a unique bottle to celebrate the big anniversary. Speaking to the Ileach, Master Distiller Jim McEwan said: â€œThe distilleries wanted to come together and join in the celebrations of this momentous event. We have created a unique vatted malt using whisky from all eight of Islayâ€™s iconic brands. I was keen to make this a truly memorable dram, with its own particular character and made a conscious decision to avoid creating something that could be compared to the magnificent, heavily peated â€œPillageâ€ malt.
To do this, I have used the (in)famous X4 as the Bruichladdich element. This is the dram inspired by the ancient, powerful, â€˜Perilous Whiskyâ€™ about which Martin Martin wrote in 1695: â€œOne sip and you live forever, two sips you go blind, three sips and you expire on the spotâ€. Happily, the X4 is tempered by its elegant colleagues in this instance, and the finished product presented at a more civilised 50% abv. I am absolutely delighted by the result. â€œWe have produced just 150 individually numbered bottles, some of which have been distributed to each distillery. Only one bottle will be sold at the Home Gathering. Bottle number 1 has been sold by auction to the highest bidder. â€œApart from number 1, the bottles are priced at an extraordinary Â£120 - with all proceeds going to charity, to the Glasgow Islay Association to be disbursed as they see fit.â€ For more info visit the Glasgow Islay website