Wednesday 15th August

The day didn’t start off too bad , Sunny with a wind to start with but the weather gradually went downhill as the day went on and the wind picked up and by 4pm the rain was pelting down . After a late breakfast we ended up driving over the other side of the isle and ended up for a drink or two in the bar of the Port Charlotte Hotel . Got to try the 10yo Cask Strength Laphroaig i purchased yesterday…….

Batch 004 10yo Cask Strength Laphroaig 58.3% Bottled Jan 2012

Another of the wonderful Laphroaig 10yo CS Batches , on the nose you initially get quite a strong Farmyard / nettles smell then the seashore / iodine comes sweeping in . The palate is very old school Laphroaig , it actually took me back to when i first tried Laphroaig back in the 80’s , Very intense medicinal (iodine) with a lovely touch of creaminess to it . The finish is long with a lovely creamy medicinalness . A stunning Laphroaig Cask Strength , probably my favourite batch so far , may have to think about getting another one…….

We headed back to the cottage where the first fire of the trip was lit for Mel and a Laphroaig vertical was lined up…….

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The Laphroaig Haul

The spoils from the trip to Laphroaig

Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%) – On the nose very strong seaweedy / iodine / medicinal along with creamy fudge / toffee . The palate really peaty , very little iodine / medicinalness and right at the end a creaminess . The finish isn’t very long and extremely creamy with a touch of peat .

Laphroaig Cask 7381 2003 * 14/08/2012 8yo 57.3% –  One from the Distillers Wares tour , light gold in colour , a lovely medicinal / nettles on the nose at first , then peat . The palate is a supercharged peatiness and iodine , the finish is medium , sweet and peaty . A delightful Laphroaig that doesn’t taste it’s age , really mature !

Laphroaig Cask 7305 1997 * 14/08/2012 15yo 52.2% – another from the Distillers Wares tour , light gold in colour , quite relaxed on the nose at first , then the Laphroaig iodine comes through , bags of seaweed and sea air . The palate is total iodine , seaweed in abundance , the finish is long and seaweedy . Again old school Laphroaig , Bryony commented that this was like the old 15yo , from memory i thought better than that .

Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin 51.2% –  A very deep medicinal nose , quite farmyard , very relaxed . The palate is full on Laphroaig , peat , iodine , seaweed , seashore along with a nice creaminess (something i can’t remember from yesteryear….) , finish is beautifully long , iodine and  creamy . Probably the best Cairdeas….. So far……

Mel

Mel Relaxing

Thursday 16th August

Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and here’s a photo to prove it……

View from the cottage

We spent the day relaxing in the cottage garden in the lovely sunshine shaded from the wind , during the time i took some photos of the flowers adorning the garden……

The first one was a lily……

Lily

I haven’t a clue what these are but there were two different colours of flowers…….

Flower 1

Flower 2

We decided to pop up to Bowmore for a Chinese takeaway just at the right time , the heavens opened at 4pm ! This is the second time we’d had food from the Golden Dragon (first time we ate in)  , The meals were absolutely delicious , I had the Kung Po Scallops and Mel the Chicken in Chilli Sauce .  Well recommended !!!

To see the night out i hit the Ardbeg , first of a couple of OMC 1972’s followed by a few Airigh Nam Beists…… 

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