2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Williamson, Cask Ref. 180, Islay, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (62.7%)

2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Williamson, Cask Ref. 180, Islay, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (62.7%)

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2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Williamson, Cask Ref. 180, Islay, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (62.7%)

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There are a few distilleries that are near impossible to source casks from, however casks of anonymous makes are occasionally made available under trade names. Williamson is the trade name for a well known Islay distillery, we can’t say what it is, but if you were to jump from Port Ellen to Lagavulin you might just Leap Frog it…

Jonny McMillan, Reserve Whisky Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd

Tasting note

This feisty Islay whisky surges from the glass on a gale of sooty peat, turf, iodine and lanolin oils. Herein lies great complexity, unlocked by a teaspoon or so of water and a little time. Those with patience are rewarded with rich farmyard aromas, smoked hay, damp earth and kippers. The palate follows this theme, flowing from pure turf smoke to dark orange chocolate and composting fruit. Smoke and spice flow in waves on the long finish.

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We’re proud to be the oldest independent bottler of spirits in the UK, having been doing it for over a century.

Over that time, we’ve amassed an extensive collection of fine spirits, and built relationships with distilleries across the world – from the Scottish Highlands to the islands of the Caribbean.

Within our collection, you’ll find exquisite whiskies; rich, decadent rums; finely crafted brandies; and crisp, timeless gins. Each bottling captures a unique moment in the spirit’s life, offering individuality, authenticity and quality.

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Islay Whisky

Islay Whisky

The whisky region of Islay (pronounced eye-la) is arguably the most important 200 or so square miles in the whisky world. On the face of it Islay just another island of the Inner Hebrides. It lies in Argyll just to the west of Jura and around 25 miles north of the Irish coast, which can be seen on a clear day. 

The island's fame as far as whisky goes is due to the 8 distilleries currently in production and the vast tracts of peat that cover most of the island's surface. The whisky distilleries are: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman (this is the newest distillery on the island which started producing spirit in 2005), Lagavulinand Laphroaig.

The 8 distilleries with whisky for sale can be divided up, depending on the amount of peat used. The `big 3' are Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig who all produce powerful smoke laden whiskies. The new malt produced by Kilchoman is also very powerful indeed. 

Occupying the middle ground are Bowmore and Caol Ila. The whiskies produced at Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain are in peat terms at least, the lightest

There were more distilleries in the past: Port Ellen closed in 1983 while the Lochindaal at Port Charlotte closed in1929. The buildings at Port Ellen are however still in use, it is here that malted barley for the island's distilleries is produced.

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