For July, we’re heading back home – to the Apple Isle this time. If this months whisky wasn’t from Australia it would be a certifiable Sherry Bomb! Instead we’re coining the term ‘Apera Assault’ to describe a huge Apera influenced whisky! Distilled at an airport in a building known as ‘The Holyman’ in Tasmanian aviation circles. From the Launceston Distillery – this months whisky is the Launceston Distillery Apera Cask Matured.
All in all, the Port Askaig 8yo offers a fairly delicate introduction to Islay whisky. All the ‘typical’ flavours of the island – peat/smoke, iodine and salt – but toned down (compared to the the ‘heavyweights’ like Lagavulin 16yo) to allow the malt to shine, and smoothed out by the sweetness of citrus and licorice.
With the summer heat upon us once again, we thought the perfect way to end the year would be a lighter, smoother whisky. One, perhaps, a bit more suited to a cold prawns and seafood dinner in 30 degrees than a steaming hot roast in the snow. And what better when chasing light, smooth whisky than a triple distilled single malt – the Benromach Triple Distilled.
Originally an illicit distillery known as ‘Milton’, the passing of the excise act of 1823 (legalising and regulating the production whisky in Scotland) allowed Robert Bain and Andrew Peary to establish the Miltonduff Distillery as a legitimate concern in 1824.