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Cask Samples for Loch and K(e)y Cask selection at Glengarioch

Lunch time drams in the courtyard at Glengarioch

 

Still House at Glendronach

A Parliment of Rooks
 

So no pics for day 3. We boarded a ferry in Portig on Islay headed for the mainland Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre. From Kennacraig we had a 5 hour drive to Huntley in the east Highlands. A very long uneventful day but worth it for the time spent on Islay.

 

Randall doing malt Angels on the malt Floor at Bowmore

Glenn tossing the Malt the old way. Bowmore is one of only a handful of Distilleries in Scotland to use floor malting for a portion of their grain.

Wash Back # 1 at Bowmore

Still Life; Bowmore

Bowmore’s Spirit Safe

 

Ardbeg; but the glasses are empty

Jackie, our guide at Ardbeg. Awesome…

that’s better some Ardbeg in an earlier incarnation; Kildalton…

View from the dock at Ardbeg

The Money Shot

Loch and K(e)y members contemplating the Kildalton… A unanimous winner!

Celebrity Whisky couple Brandall horsing around at Ardbeg

The contemplative lifestyle. The professor deep in thought.

Still House at Ardbeg. Ardbeg was the first distillery we visited on the trip. It certainly set the tone for an amazing trip. Thanks to Jackie and the Moet Hennessy folks in the US for making it possible.

 

after a 3 hour bus trip from Glasgow to Kennagraig we took the Cal Mac Ferry to Port Askaig Islay

Greg and Andrew Loch and k(e)y members and brothers on the bridge with the captain

We bumped into Jim McEwan Bruichladdich Master distiller and past Loch and k(e)y award recipient on the ferry he held court in the pub…

 

At Logan international a motley crew ready for the trip across the pond

Our Jumping off point in the UK, Heathrow. A proper English breakfast a good Bitter

1st stop in Scotland. Douglas Laing and Co., Douglas House Glasgow…

Fred and Stewart Laing, Managing Partners of Douglas Laing and Co.recipients of the 2013 Loch and K(e)y award

Tasting library at DLC; Decisions, decisions…

the 4 Muskateers (The Professor, Randall, Charlie and Ryan not in photo) picking samples for cask bottlings for Loch and K(e)y Society… Narrowing down the 12 samples to 4 for the rest of society travelers to taste.

the final 4

Departing DLC…
The Loch and K(e)y Society ended up picking 2 casks for bottling. The winners were Cragganmore 21 in a single hogs head and a Glenturret 18 yearold finished in Pedro Jiminez. They will be available at Loch and K(e)y outlets later this fall…

 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Heading to Scotland tomorrow… Going to visit a bunch of distilleries and pick some casks for US bottling…