Figured I'd dive into a few expressions from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for #WhiskyWednesday (#WhiskeyWednesday ).
Thanks again @kegncork_edmonton.
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Sláinte my friends.
"On the Rhinns of Islay, above Port Charlotte, is Octomore Farm. Ochdamh-mòr, "the large eighth", has origins back to the times of the Lords of the Isles and long before. The dabhach (davoch) was a loose measurement of Pictish origin, equivalent to a town's land of around 20 houses, at a time when individual farms or money did not exist"
So reads the foil below the corked top of the mighty @bruichladdich Octomore 7.1
Dram of the day:
This is the second most heavily peated Islay Single Malt scotch ever to be conceived (second only to the 6.3 at a MONSTROUS 258).
Oh my. Where to begin. Nose: this whisky is deceptively calm. You get a slight hint of the usual medicinal notes, but it is also unusually sweet - cinnamon and vanilla, fruity and white wine.
And then you take a drink. Talk about a polar opposite - smoke, iodine, peat and leather and seaweed and a heavy, oily feel! It lights up every tastebud on your tongue like a Roman candle as you chew it and let it coat your mouth and the cask strength alcohol burns down your throat and you wonder "Why am I doing this to myself?!" But then back comes the sweetness, but different- dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, melon, citrus! And it only gets sweeter as it lingers in the mouth, and the peat returns for round two. And it most certainly DOES linger for a while.
This is not an everyday dram by any stretch of the imagination, but it will most assuredly surprise you every time. The price tag and availability are almost certainly a deterrent for most, but if you are looking for a whisky that will take you on an adventure, look no further. This scotch was Jim McEwan's "last hurrah" so to speak, and I think he fully encompassed the spirit of what Bruichladdich was, is, and will be for generations to come.
Is it Wednesday again already?! This week, I decided to go with Batch 1 from @manatawnystillworks in honor of their third anniversary. They'll be releasing a 3 year old edition of this same batch this weekend, and you can be sure I'll be there to grab one! The OG Batch 1 whiskey was a little shy of a year old, so it'll be neat to compare the two and taste them side by side. Oh, and I usually drink my whiskey neat, but when you have a Death Star ice cube, you use the Death Star ice cube!
(and yes, that's the dog's spot on the couch in the background, hence the dog bone printed blanket 😄)
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