Malt of the Month

The Oban Times - - Leisure - Louise Glen

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.

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