It's been a long week for me. In fact, I felt it was weeks of neverending problems and stress. Then, there's also the travels that makes me tired and burnt out. What's the best way to let it all out?
Drinking an awesome whisky!
Port Ellen 27 years from Old Malt Cask
One of the very first whisky that changed my perception towards drinking this amber liquid is actually a bottle of Port Ellen. Surprisingly, it was an islay malt that captured my palate. Though the distillery has closed down in 1983, just one year before I existed, the malts are still available ie. Old Malt Cask.This range is under the private bottling house of Douglas Laing & Co which emerged as a caveat that the single cask bottlings only be available in limited bottles.
There's a reason why I enjoyed drinking Port Ellen, especially this 27yo bottle. Knowing it's an Islay (pronounced as eye-luh) malt, this bottle has a very distinctive flavour. On the nose, you can already feel the peat and not to mention an earthy note. A sniff is enough to make my day. When you have this golden liquid run through your palate, you can almost taste a sea-like, complex and peaty flavours. Then there's also the burnt cocoa and liquorice notes. Though it's an islay malt, the Port Ellen is really a wonderful drink because the peats are really elegant. One of the 568 bottles out there!
Meeting Fred H Laing & getting a bottle from him.
It was truly an honour for me to be able to meet Fred last year. I love the Old Malt Cask range and I stumbled upon him at his booth. Being my daring self, I introduced myself and told him how much I loved his range of whiskies. His father is the founder of Douglas Laing & Co and together with his brother Stewart, both of them are now continuing their father's whisky legacy.
My Collection of Old Malt Cask.
These are really very special bottles to me and I couldn't possibly imagine myself uncorking any one of them. They also represent my age from the very first year that I truly learnt how to appreciate drinking single malts. Unfortunately, what's missing from this collection is the 28 year old bottle. Would anyone be able to let me know where I can find a 28yo bottle?
These are the bottles that I've digested. They are truly amazing and it's really drinking the "water of life!" I would suggest if you're able to get hold of any of these bottles, please do and you'll experience the pleasure of drinking a whisky expression that is away from the commercialised vintages.
Whisky time now. Anyone?