Mr T touched on something that I feel strongly about....
* What is the point of re-opening Port Ellen? There are five other distilleries very close by all producing essentially the same style of whisky. Heavily peated whiskies are not an endangered species, and it's not as though PE was so fanatically revered when it was closed down.
* Similarly for Brora....Clynelish still more-or-less maintains the same house style, and if you taste a Clynelish that's over 20 years old, it is in fact remarkably similar to some of the Broras I've had. Besides, again, there is no shortage of Highland distilleries.
* The answer for me is simple: Rosebank
. Good Lowland whiskies are
an endangered species, and the Lowland distilleries are closing fast. Even the traditional triple distillation that was once favoured by Lowland distilleries is no longer practiced universally amonst the remaining few.
Given the opportunity to re-open a distillery, I feel we should vote with the good of the industry in mind, rather than thinking of our own tastebuds.