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Bowmore Bottle Your Own Experience

Bowmore Bottle Your Own Experience

On of the attractions of this years Feis Ile is the opportunity to bottle your own bottle of Bowmore. On offer is cask number 23 from 1997. It is a first fill Oloroso sherry butt that is currently at 55.5%. Going down to the Number One Vaults to fill it was a fabulous experience, and it was really interesting to use the valinch to pull the whisky from the cask and to fill the bottle. I opted not to use any sort of filter so it will be raw and unique. A final nice touch was that as we left the warehouse we bumped into Rachel and Eddie who signed the bottle for me. Amazing.
 

Bowmore Bottle Your Own Oloroso Sherry Butt [55.5%]

Nose: Fruity, Christmas cake, peat smoke, very well balanced

Palate: Sweet, smokey, raisins, treacle, steak, spices

Finish: Very long, exceptional

 

Islay Festival Day Three

Islay Festival Day Three

We were greeted by even more sun on Monday – the third day in a row – so we donned our shorts and best summer wear and headed down to Port Askaig to visit Caol Ila. Recently reopened to the public after a 6 month closure, Caol Ila is a juxtaposition of a stunning setting looking over the paps of Jura with a rather disappointing looking 1970’s building. Still we’d come here to sample the whisky, not to marvel at its architecture and that’s what we did.

Another side to LivingRoom Whisky

Another side to LivingRoom Whisky

A quick post just to highlight another side of our blog!  Jon’s a keen photographer and responsible for the majority of images on the site, but Mike is great artist and drew the picture you see above.  It’s a scene that greats you as you step off the ferry at Port Ellen and presents one of the first difficult choices that you make when you’re on Islay – which way to go!