Malt of the Month
Ardbeg Corryvreckan £65 It has to be that you arrive in the dark, get lost, become found, see some wildlife and wake to the golden sky that would calm any heart. I am at my friend Ms Hester’s gaff on Islay. Even in the dark it looked like something very special. In the light, my expectations were not disappointed. I was strangely excited to drive through a distillery, one of eight and counting on the island, on our way to Coillabus, our eco-lodgings for our week. Mr Carmichael, Ms Hester’s father, has spent his 82 years here. I can see why. This is a cottage that shows the whisky island off to its best. Twinkling lights in the distance would make even the most pent up person want to relax. My breath has been taken. A day lies in store. Mrs Iona and I are off to Ardbeg where a lovely man called Neil is going to show us around. Should I be so excited about this day out? I mean, it is not as though I haven’t tasted Ardbeg’s delicious world-renowned peatiness before. And the Corryvreckan is the fruitest of the distilleries library that I’ve tasted. I have sipped, savoured and enjoyed the Ardbeg Corryvreckan many a fine night with Mr Lee. But a distillery trip is different, this is understanding the brand. And what a brand it is. The trip with Neil will be about visiting the shrine of the malt. I am delighted to do so. No doubt I will return to Coillabus with a wee dram or two. It is near Christmas after all – there can be no better gift.