To be honest: when I trunk Lagavulin 16 years single malt the first time, I felt like I liked an old railway sleeper. I couldn´t enjoy the glass. That was nearly 10 years before at my sisters place when she was celebrating their study graduation.
Nowadays it´s one of my favorites!
Lagavulin is the most sold whisky of the Classic Malt Series. Hardly any other distillery with that limited offering could book such a success. The distillery is located at Hebrides Islay, Scotland. The name Lagavulin means something like “swale where the mill was sited”. Already in 1742 whisky was distilled at the current location at Lagavulin Bay. But it´s only since 1816 that John Johnston founded Lagavulins first legal distillery. Archibald Campell founded the Ardmore distillery near Lagavulin in the following year – not to be confused with the Ardmore distillery at Kennethmont. After both distilleries came in Donald Johnsons possession he merged them into todays Lagavulin Distillery in 1837. From 1908 to 1960 the Malt Mill Distillery had been part at the Lagavulin area run by Peter Mackie.
The used water comes from the two lakes Loch Sholum and Lochan Sholum on the slopes of mount Beinn Sholum. The distillery gets it´s malt from the disused Port Ellen Whisky Distillery (closed since 1983).
The 16 years Lagavulin Classic Malt is known for it´s powerful and spicy peat-smoke aroma. The whisky impresses with it´s complex but well-balanced taste accompanied by a strong smoky note. The long finish is peaty and blazing and convinces with a tender fruitiness and a hint of vanilla.
The flagship aged 16 years in oak casks. Thats the longest maturing period compared to all other Classic Malts.
The Isle of Jura is located between the Scotish Westcoast and Islay. The Island is popular for three mountains on the western side, called Paps of Jura. Furthermore Jura is one of the least densely populated islands of Scotland.
The history of Jura Distillery goes back to 1810. The owner of the distillery, Archibald Campell, distilled Whisky until John Ferguson & Sons took over in 1875. They started refurbishing the distillery in 1884. At the beginning of the 20th century they were no longer able to pay the leasehold and had to close the distillery.
In 1958 the two Jura-locals Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith plucked up courage and charged William Delmé Evans to build a very new distillery located at the same place. Some owners changed till now, but the Whisky is still the same: Only 40% vol. alc. – but very complex and aromatic. It comes with a little peat, notes of see salt and almonds. Matured in Bourbon caskets this pure Single Malt is worth the try!
After a great hiking through the Karwendel mountains I enjoyed my todays whisky at the “Zuber” bath. My gaze wanders back to Innsbruck where my little adventure began at 7 a.m. this morning. I took the bus to the “Hungerbahn” station that lifts me up the first 300 meters. The cable cabin brought me to “Hafelekar” at 2.258 meters. Here I red that funny print of famous Hans Kammerlander, letting me think of my whisky passion just for a moment. It took me 1:40 h to get to the Pfeishütte. My step-sister runs that wonderful mountain hut where you can´t get a whisky – what a pitty. But it´s safety first in that high mountain area. On the more strenuous way back I ran fast what was really tiring. But it was a great hike. While I was driving home I had the glorious idea to drink my well-earned whisky in the warm Zuber to relax my muscles.
Balvenie Double Wood scotch whisky matures in Sherry and Bourbon casks. That makes that whisky interesting and tender. It´s a tip among connoisseurs because of it´s orange aroma and that deep sweet taste.
William Grant converted the Balvenie mansion into a distillery. It lies on the slopes of Conval hills near Dufftown. On 1 May 1893 the first whisky has been created at the Balvenie Distillery. William Grant continued his acitivities of distilling whisky to the ripe old age of 83.
Maybe my sense of taste is kind of adulterated after an entire day of cycling to get to the ore mountains. 150 km and 1.700 m altitude gain are really demanding. Today I met my father – the most generous person regarding whisky I know – and he gave me this 15 years old, really powerful Glendronach Revival scotch whisky. Already the first sip brought me back to life. So I could enjoy the rest of the evening and think back on my day.
The World Whisky Map team wishs you a happy whisky easter!
Look what the easter bunny brought to me: a 12 years old scotch single malt Bowmore whisky. I tried the 10 years Bowmore before. And I was quite surprised about it´s honest smokey taste. The 10 years Bowmore is a bit brighter than it´s 2 years older brother. What I do know is that a darker colour normally evidences a matured, full-bodied taste. I can´t really tell which one I´d prefer. Both I could suggest because of it´s price (less than 30 euro). You can´t do anything wrong with this investment.
The Bowmore distillery is located at Islay, Scotland. It was founded in 1779 by David Simson and is named after the city Bowmore nearby. So it´s the first known distillery at the island and is therefore one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. The distillery was closed during the 2nd world war. The building was served as a basis for seaplanes. In 1950 it came into the hands of William Grigor & Sons Ltd. It went broken in 1963 so that the Stanley P. Morrison Ltd adopted it which owns also Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch. Since 1994 the distillery is owned by the Japanese Suntory Group.
The Bowmore distillery uses the water of river Laggan that is sourrounded by peat. The whisky usually matures in Sherry casks, stored in a building that gets flooded with salt water 1,5 metre deep.
Even if presumably not half of the world does know where Tasmania is located the guys down under seem to know how to destill a good whisky there. Obviously Tasmanians do have a lot of time besides hunting the Tasmanian devil they are now honored with the title “Best whisky of the world” for the Sullivans Cove from the city of Hobart. At Krischs research for the destills around the world I was really surprised how many of them are located at this comparatively small island. We congratulate and hope that we’re going to taste that highly praised liquid one day.
To my daughters birth my dad gave me a bottle of Taliskers Destillers Edition from 1991. It was bottled in 2005. What to say? I really like Talisker whisky. But this destillers edition really tops the standard 10 years old. I´m quite glad about my dad. He´s the one who introduced me to the world of whisky. And he gives me a good single malt bottle nearly evertime he visits us. I’m going to refuse it each time because it’s not an inexpensive gift. But I have no chance or don’t want to have a chance. So thanks dad!
Pince Charles favorite is the smoky Laphroaig whisky. It’s destilled at the scottish island Islay. The destillery was founded in 1815 by the Johnston brothers. Even their father was destilling whisky illegal before they founded the official destillery.
My first try on Laphroaig is not so long ago. I spend a mens evening with Krisch. After the abortive search for the right location we end up in a heavy smokers bar. They offered two single malt whiskies. We decided for the Laphroaig. I was quite surprised about it’s complex taste. I imagined to taste plum behind all that smoke. So we ordered a second and a third and a…
After a hard day of work our czech friend Filip invites Tobi and me to Glen Parker. As I read in a forum Glen Parker is no destillery. It´s a blended whisky sold in several supermarkets. In fact the labeling is just a marketing trick. But I´m quite surprised about it´s taste. The whiskey is smooth with a agreeable honey note. Maybe the reason is the really fresh mountain air. Or it´s the satisfaction after physical work. I don´t care at all. The important thing is: It tastes quite good!
Does a scotch single malt whisky makes you staring a long time into a bonfires flames? My dad told me that if I stare long enough into the flames I’ll the “fire devil”. That is what my dad told me when I was a child. Combining the bonfire spirit and the Oban single malt whisky spirit makes me “Oban my mind” at this wunderful evening I shared with good friends. Life is great!