In Issue 32 we wished a team of rowers good luck for a voyage around Islay to pillage malt for charity in July. The team of six are now back on dry ground, having collected 10 litres of whisky from each of the islands distilleries, taking 18 hours to row the 42 mile journey. The barrel of whisky, currently marrying at Lagavulin will produce 250 bottles, 150 of which are up for auction. On August 1st Whisky Magazine’s Dave Broom had a wee dram and has given us privileged access to his tasting notes in order to persuade readers to bid
“Light gold in colour. The unreduced nose is powerful and fruity with notes of dark fruit cake, toffee and raisin. There’s smoke, but it hangs in a light veil above this richness. Water brings out a hint of oil (codliver/diesel), wet coal and roasted, nutty notes alongside the sweetness.
The palate is where the smoke kicks in (bags of Caol Ila), but here too. Its impact is balanced by the sweetness (coming from the sherried contributions from Bunnahabhain and Bowmore). Beautifully balanced with a tingling, smoked, maritime finish. A true example of Islay pulling together.”
Bids are now being accepted until end of October (minimum £100) and should be sent to Kevin Campbell, 8 Distillery Cottages, Lagavulin, Islay.