The X4 is a fascinating experiment, but I don't think its quite ready yet! I am sure it will be ready in a few years.
Second part of my Feis Ile 2008 report!Monday - Caol Ila, Laphroaig, Lagavulin & Ardbeg
The alarm was set for a 9:00am start at Caol Ila to pick up the single cask Port Ellen, was woken up at 7:30
Beautiful day so we headed off to Caol Ila early. Luckily we did as there was over 100 people there already! By 8:30 they were turning people away! Cheers went up as the first guy proudly paraded his bottle Port Ellen. They share staff between Caol Ila and Lagavulin and they doubted if any of the single cask Laga was left.
Quick dash to Lagavulin and I procured one of the last bottles of the single cask! To Laphroaig!!!
We missed our morning tour at Lahproaig and couldn't make the afternoon one as we're expected at Ardbeg - drat! We go around taking photos and unexpectedly bump into the end of the morning tour. So we stuck along
Good thing we did as at the filling house we got to sample some new make direct from the cask!
Laphroaig new make 63.5% - initially the feinty, sweaty taste associated with new make with a blast of extreme peat after a few seconds in the mouth - fantastic stuff!
Infact so many people turned up that they organized an impromptu tour - very glad they did as the tour was fantastic. Best part was the maltings and the peating kilns. When we got to the filling house all the barrels were gone!!! Luckily we tried the new make earlier! To Ardbeg!
Got to Ardbeg 30 mins before our tour, quickly ordered at the Old Kiln Cafe before bumping into Gordon (spirit of islay), nice guy wished we had more time to chat. The Ardbeg tour was the best tour of the festival. The content of Laphroaigs was better but the knowledge of the young man who led us around was astounding! Learned alot about whisky production and the secrets of Ardbeg! The drams at the end were good, tried the Uigeadail and Renaissance, then went shopping
Uigeadail - The sweetness of the sherry coming through immediately on the palate, almost too sweet, before the peat comes through to rescue it. After a few more sips it becomes less sweet and the fruit and the peat becomes more balanced.
Renaissance - Drier than the Uigeadail, the citrus fruits are less pronounced and more in sync with the malt and the peat. Beautifully balanced with a lingering after taste of smoke. Simply Brilliant!
Stocked up on my Ardbeg supplies and off to the ferry!
This has been an amazing two days with great people, whisky and an once in a lifetime experience! Would I return? Right now I would say no, as the journey is extremely taxing and my finances took a huge battering! But by 2009 I am sure I would have forgotten all about these things