May. 28.



 A mellow, relaxed, easy day at Caol Ila Distillery Open Day. The ferry sailed down the Sound of Islay on a mirror of blue and  as the band played  in the courtyard, we sat on the balcony with Distillery Manager, Billy Stitchell and tasted 5 Caol Ila drams.

 We sampled the Moch, the 18 year old, 2007 only available at the distillery, the new Festival bottling and the 25 years old ~ not cask strength.

The 25 year old went so well with a mini black cherry chocolate log.

I don’t really like this fashion for whisky with chocolate, but this pairing worked really well.

 Manager Billy wandered about the balcony chatting informally with everyone. Ewald Baron, a seasoned festival attender posed for a picture with Billy and the festival bottle.  Billy told us he chose the festival dram about two months ago. From a range of about 20 casks, he narrowed it down to six, and  from them chose the Festival Dram 2012. Sometimes it is really tight for time waiting for the new bottles to arrive ~ sometimes they are only being delivered on the day! Ewald said that the tasting dram was not generous enough to make a value judgement on the festival bottling. After one sip it was finished and therefor one was unable to add water to assess another aspect of the dram.

After a leisurely time sampling the drams on the balcony we wandered down stairs where  jovial Diageo engineer,  Alasdair Campbell poured us a lovely dram of Caol Ila Distillers Edition. 

 We wandered down the pier, spoke with Justin Ruthven ~ Tyres and looked at his  wooden yacht named Caol Ila.  Justin has written a book about 7 years he and his wife Linda spent in the boat  sailing around the Celtic areas of Europe 

The time  spent at Caol Ila was leisurely, the views were phenomenal, the drams were delicious.

 All in all a very mellow, sweet, yet, earthy day ~ a bit like the Caol Ila drams themselves!


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