A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Mackillop's Choice Caol Ila 1989, Cask 3322
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 7 If Caol Ila can evoke the aroma and flavour of junipers, perhaps it can also suggest olive oil, vine leaves, couscous, baked aubergines. I have had great martinis in Tangier. Next time, a Caol Ila Sou...
Mackillop's Choice Glencadam 1974, Cask 10
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.90% 7 Showing its age, but still with the distillery character. Glencadam has its devotees and, with the distillery's future uncertain, supplies are finite.
Mackillop's Choice Glen Keith 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.40% 7 A peatier expression of Glen Keith than I have tasted before.
Mackillop's Choice Linlithgow 1982, Cask 1336
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.60% 7 Very pungent and powerful for a Lowlander. Tending toward harshness. This seems typical of these last Linlithgows.
Mackillop's Choice Tomatin 1975, Cask 4
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 7 Perhaps because the distillery was built to make quantity, as a filler, the industry seems universally – but unfairly – to deny the possibility of Tomatin making a truly interesting single. I coul...
Mackillop's Choice Tomintoul 1966
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.50% 7 Delicate, and definitely Speyside, but not quite as elegant as some expressions I have tasted.