Tuesday, 5 June 2012

My other passion: Whisky

This blog is, of course, mainly about gardening but you have previously been treated to a blog about the creation of the first part of my whisky cabinet. I've not yet started the second part, but I will get that done over the summer. In the mean time, I have thought it would be nice to intersperse my updates about gardening with a photo-diary of my whisky collection.

So, this is the first of the series.

I will be taking a picture of each bottle, and saying a short bit about each one.

Caol Ila 12 year
I bought this bottle on the grand tour of Scotland I did with my best mate. Eight distilleries in four days while we were on Islay.

Milford 10 year Oak Cask
My best mate tries to buy me an interesting whisky or two a year, and this is one of them. Milford is no longer producing, and this is bottled from a diminishing collection of casks laid down between 1987 and 1993.

Glenmorangie 12 year Gold Rum Cask
This was my first ever bottle, given to me by an old chap who lived in a flat above me years ago, as a thank you for talking to him of an evening. This particular bottle is empty, and I REALLY want to get some more because it is lovely.

The Glenlivet 12 year
I don't know much about this, I can't even remember when I last tasted it. Sorry, I have too many :)

The Yamazaki 10 year
I bought this bottle just before the aforementioned grand tour of Scotland, as a comparison to the "proper" scotch. It is actually very good (better than the 12 and 15yr Yamazakis for sure) but we were quite surprised to walk into the Caol Ila shop and see a bottle sitting there, in the depths of Islay.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Laphroaig is such a stunning place; situated right on the coast of Islay, and their whisky is one of the more peated in the world. This bottle is particularly harsh though, and not one for a new-whisky drinker to try. It is fantastic though, and highly recommended.

Scapa "the" Orcadian 16 year
This is another bottle bought me by my best friend. It is a light whisky, which isn't my favourite thing (I prefer peated and rich whisky) but it is definitely drinkable. The distillery is situated in Orkney.

So that is it for now, I will be back to usual service on gardening blogs next time.

Oh, and just for Bob:

hot chicks in skin tight yoga pants


  1. You should certainly try Talisker, the only distillery on Skye. Possibly an aquired taste but well worth it.

  2. Yep I have Talisker :) love it :)

  3. Don't like Talisker after visiting Islay - doesn't have the same depth of flavour. Shame we have almost a full bottle. Discovered on Islay that I have expensive taste in whiskey: Laphroig 18yr was amazing. (didn't like the 10yr)