Nick and Nikki spent two wonderful days on Jura & Islay recently visiting some of the distilleries that make the special ‘Golden Liquor’ that are on the shelves in the hotel's Ferry Bar. It was Nikki's first time on Islay and here, in the first of three blog articles, she shares with us the highlights of their trip.
First stop was Jura. We were rather disappointed to find the distillery shut due to an unscheduled power cut on the island. However, our very sad faces were luckily spotted by the Assistant Manager, who very kindly gave us a guided tour, which was great. It was lovely to be able to see where our Jura Original and Jura Superstition malts are actually produced.
He also tipped us off about the Jura gin called Lussa, which we bought in the village shop and is now in our bar! We recommend you try it - it’s full of botanicals and has wonderful flavours.
Next stop Islay. With eight active distilleries on the island, the hardest part of our trip was choosing which ones to visit and in which order! As we were staying in the Port Charlotte Hotel we decided on Bruichladdich first and were so impressed! We were shown around by Raymond, who did a fantastic job, and what we didn’t know about whisky before the tour, we certainly knew about by the end.
The shop is well worth a visit, and we bought 2 excellent new malts which we look forward to guests sampling when next at The Pierhouse. They are the 1990 Sherry cask Pedro Ximinez Oloroso 25 Years Islay and the limited edition of 1881 bottles only, called the PHD_135. Being specifically limited for sale from the distillery only, they are not therefore available anywhere else other than on Islay.
We also really enjoyed seeing where Bruichladdich distilled the famous Botanist Gin – with the subtle blends of botanicals which are hand-picked on the island. Beautifully presented in its gorgeous iconic glass bottle, Botanist Gin is a favourite of ours.
Coming soon - our next Whisky Galore Blog: Kilchoman Distillery, Islay’s youngest distillery
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