Pure Pot Head wrote:Interesting. I wasn't aware that Diageo mature their Islay Malt off the island. So much for the seawater, seaair, seaweed infused matruaton process!
That must be "Scotch Mist" Maturing in the Warehouses at Lagavulin (there was me thinking i was drinking 8yo , 12yo , 16yo and 43yo whisky SFTC on our recent warehouse tour....) , Port Ellen and Caol Ila !
You missed the word Most out of the recent article , Diageo mature Lagavulin at the Lagavulin , Caol Ila and Port Ellen Warehouses , Caol Ila is "Mostly" took off the Isle (a small amount is matured on site) due to the large amounts produced . As one Distillery manager said to me recently if all Islay Produced whisky was matured on the Isle you wouldn't have any beautiful scenery just warehousing all over the place .
It would be impossible for any of the major producers to accommodate their casks on the isle when you're talking about 12,000,000 Litres (Ardbeg 1.1m , Bowmore 1.7m , Bunnahabhain 2.1m , Caol Ila 3.5m , Lagavulin 2.3m , Laphroaig 2m ) plus of Spirit a year , an awful lot of casks (48000 Hoggies per year but more if you start with Barrels ) over the years .
So what about all them wonderful independent Bottlings we enjoy , Matured all over the place usually away from their place of birth ? And not just Islays.....
Getting back to the original subject....
I do feel sorry for the Islay employees of Diageo , they do a hell of a lot to promote their whisky and all they do is get a load of stick from various sources on and off the Isle .
It would be nice to see some of the other Islay Distilleries follow Diageos Islay distilleries lead and doing special events outside the Feis Ile like the Warehouse Demonstration at Laga and the Range tasting at Caol Ila . A Great Idea Ewan ! I hope they decide to make them Regular events after your return to the mainland .