Quite a lot of positive Islay Whisky news at the start of July. First of all Response Source published a press release with great news for Lagavulin: "Lagavulin, the iconic single malt whisky from Islay, has again won Double Golds. In fact it won three - for its classic 16 year old expression, for its rare 21 year old release, and for its majestic Distillers Edition cask-finished in oak previously housing Pedro-Ximenez sherry." Congratulations!!
BBC Scotland reports the following good news for Islay: "Whisky giant Glenmorangie is to relocate its headquarters to Edinburgh and upgrade distilleries at Tain and on Islay as part of a Â£45m plan." The plans for Ardbeg involve further development of the distillery which includes a further upgrading of the visitor centre and the construction of a new cask warehouse.
According to Drinks International Bowmore is back in business: "Scotch whisky maker Bowmore has returned to action after a drought on Islay forced the distiller to halt production. Bowmore sprang back into life last week, a spokesperson told Drinks International. Nearly three months without serious rainfall had cut the distilleryâ€™s water supply, forcing it to stop production for around two weeks." Continue reading.....In the meanwhile Bruichladdich issued the following press release on their website: "We have released three dramatic, new versions of the successful multi-vintage range of Bruichladdich Islay single malt whisky. Each cuvÃ©e is masterfully assembled by our own whisky legend - Jim McEwan - from several ages of Bruichladdich, from different cask types and diverse whisky characteristics. The concept was originally inspired by Champagneâ€™s Remi Krug who once explained the difference between vintage and multi vintage winemaking: 'With a single vintage, it is God who decides on the quality. But with a multi-vintage, I am God.'
The three new bottlings of Rocks, Waves and Peat, were each designed to show the full repertoire of Bruichladdich style and peat flavour - in effect the whole gamut of Islay whiskies. MD Mark Reynier says: 'They had sort of evolved rather haphazardly. We decided to bring them together under one umbrella, three all new bottlings, each with itâ€™s own distinct identity and flavour profile: 'Rocks is the classic aperitif cuvÃ©e - minimal peat, so deliciously fresh and fruity - with a surprisingly sophisticated flavour profile thanks to the French oak cask influences. Waves is mildly peaty at around 15ppm, beguilingly elegant with oodles of Bruichladdich finesse and fruit. A real anytime of day dram. Peat does what it says on the tin. It replaces the 3D range, has been toned down a bit with an average peatiness of around 35ppm. Plenty of peat but without the medicine."
Each of these new whiskies have a stylish PDF folder with more information which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.