Happy World Whisky Day!
In celebration, we have caught up with our General Manager, Phil Scott, to find out his whisky essentials and what he recommends!
Description: For me, Lagavulin 16 is a benchmark for Islay whisky. For sure there are hundreds of other quirky Islay drams and older age statements which I enjoy immensely but I will always come back to Lagavulin. The powerful yet balanced aromas of peat and smoke open the door to this rich, bold and dry finish on the palate. I always get a whiff of smoky bacon on the nose which tees up a sweet spiciness in the mouth. I always say ‘gun to my head, favourite dram’.
Why I like it: I also like it so much because it’s readily available the world over and when I was working overseas, I was able to indulge.
P.S. The LAGAVULIN 1995 Distillers Edition Pedro Ximenez Cask is something you can bathe in! It is immense.
Where: Highlands, Brora
Description: If I was given the option to have one whisky for everyday dramming (or a breakfast malt if you will)…this is it. Mostly bourbon cask (last time I remember asking them at the distillery it was 60% Bourbon 40% Sherry), with a slightly sweet, smoky, briny nose. My favourite bit about it is the waxy/honeyed notes too! It’s a rewarding dram and one that has more sophistication at entry-level, given it’s 14 YO.
Why I like it: It’s our house Dram at Links House….everyone gets a nip if they want and we also serve it with our porridge in the morning.
MORTLACH 16YO – FLORA & FAUNA RANGE
Description: I first started in the drinks industry at the tender age of 18 and was encouraged to appreciate Malt Whisky by my co-workers at Oddbins. Some tastings I have completely forgotten in the mists of time but I will never forget the first time I tasted this! ‘Christmas Cake in a bottle’ as we used to call it! Back in those days, we could buy it off the shelf for £31.99…a bargain.
Why I like it: Great memories and every time I see a bottle, I’ll have a dram as it brings back great memories.