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A few pics of our warehouse tasting at Bruichladich
We we each got to try the barrel thief which is how we got the whisky out of the barrel. Each of the scotches we tasted are no longer available anywhere but through a warehouse tasting at the distillery. The first was a Bruichladdich with less than 5 ppm of peat. The second was finished in a Spanish ...
... hunting. They wore jeans and sweats to dinner and full dress tweeds, britches and ties for the hunt.
Now for the whisky:This little island on the west coast of Scotland is known for peaty single malts. Names like Bowmore, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Kilchomn, Caol Ila and Bruichladdich. The peat is measured in parts per million. Bunnahabhain is 4 to 5 ppm ...
... off the wall at lock 5 while a young family looked on in wonder. I'll let you work out which option we took. We happened to go down through the locks with another yacht. "She" was called "Scorcher V", which was apt as it was a hot, sunny day and lock 5 was where all the action happened. The Crinan canal is about 8 miles long. It was a great experience and ...
... by Lagavulin, but didn't stop there. All three of the distilleries that we saw today sit right on the sea with beautiful views of an arm of the North Atlantic.
We finished the day with dinner in the hotel restaurant and were not disappointed. So far, we have had most of our meals either in hotel restaurants or museum cafes, and they have all been just fine. Some better than others, but all just fine.
... and the desk clerk recommended that we park across from the hotel on the street. She emphasized several times that we were not to park on a corner as the lorries went through very fast and the corners were tight.
This was a great day for interacting with locals. The times we get to talk to people about real things--the tires, the ferry entrance, parking to avoid getting sideswiped--are the most interesting and usually fun.