Re: Which to re-open? (FANTASY)
Brora... Though as others have stated, this boils down to a VERY difficult choice.
I'm trying to cough up the precise reasoning behind my selection, and I suppose it's due to the following...
1. Islay appears to be regaining considerable momentum in the single malt marketplace, what with the opening of Kilchoman as well as the incredible range of releases now being offered by the other distilleries on the island. Where a 'new' Port Ellen would fit into this scenario (I've always viewed its main attraction as a malt as being a complex melding of a 'softer' sort of peat - not to say lighter necessarily, just more integrated - and a somewhat delicate malt core, the combination of which permits more secondary aromas and flavours to emerge), I'm not quite sure. The northern Highland malts, by contrast, remain woefully underserved and underappreciated.
2. Good as some contemporary issues of Clynelish can be, I've yet to come across any that hold a candle to the best Broras.
3. My ancestors (on my late mother's side of the family) hailed from Caithness / Sutherland Country, so there's a bit of an emotional tug there.