Port Charlotte Transparency Feis Ile 2017

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Bruichladdich | Port Charlotte | Twelve Casks of Seven different Types ranging from Bourbon to Bordeaux and Sauternes | the youngest cask was filled 2004 | 100% Scottish Barley | 1000 bottles | 56.4% | Continue reading

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2017 From Barley to Bottle

Kilchoman | Feis Ile 2017 – 100% Islay From Bottle to Barley |58 % | Bourbon Barrel 324/2008 and Sherry Butt 433/2009 |

Info: The 2017 Edition of Kilchoman’s festival bottling is a marriage of two 100% Islay Casks, one Bourbon Barrel of almost 9 years (July 2008 – May 2017) and a 7.5 year old Sherry Butt (October 2009 – May 2017) which resulted in 877 bottles. I drank number 138. Well, a small part of it.

Situation: At the Ballygrant Inn on Islay, put that on your bucket list as well. Say I send you.

Nose: Sulphur, BBQ spices, honey, dry wood fire smoke, bacon, chocolate, red berries, really biting alcohol on the nose,

Taste: Neutral entry, salty peat, honey sweetnee, quite malty, quite spicy alcohol, some red fruits and chocolate but the bourbon cask dominates the rest,

Finish:  Salty, creamy honey mouthfeel, ashy smoke and milk chocolate,

Conclusion: The 100% shines through pretty well and the bourbon cask dominates the Sherry Butt, so all the things I like a wee bit less about Kilchos, still a pretty nice dram but I prefer others!

Score: B or 86/100 

There’s the tree that never grew, There’s the bird that never flew, There’s the fish that never swam, There’s the bell that never rang. (Glasgow Part 2)

Here’s Part one!

So once we finished our wee little snack and dram over at The Pot Still, it was time for us to hit the bus and find our hotel. If you find yourself in Glasgow, use the bus! It brought us almost everywhere and in combination with Uber it was pretty easy and comfy to get from A to B without putting to much thoughts and/or money on it.

For the first two nights we stayed at the Glasgow Pond Hotel which I choose because it was in the West End and it had a good price via Booking when I looked for hotels. The rooms were absolutely OK and the breakfast was great.

Even though it is on Great Western Road, it is a bit off the track as it is quite up the road, but there is a bus station as well as a subway within 3 minutes walking distance.

Oran Mor (aka Party Church) is about 5 miles down the road, just to give you an idea.

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