Sandy is the manager at the Spey Distillery that I visited last month. You can re-read the article here.
During my tour he was kind enough to agree to nominate a Desert Island Dram.
I am not going to pick one of our expressions of Spey, as I have been so closely involved with them, and love them all, it would be like asking a father if he had a favourite child!
Therefore I am going to go for the Ardbeg 10 (available here).
AROMA- Intensely peaty, smoky, and a hint of pear drops, with a tang of the sea. Add some water and it develops into subtle notes of freshly cut cedar wood, with a hint of spiceness.
TASTE- Peaty, slightly salty, rich Dundee cake, fruity
FINISH- Lovely and long, nutty, fresh lemons.
For me this is one of the most well balanced whiskies in the world, definitely in the top ten. If I was stranded on a desert island I would want 6 cases washed up with me.
I will be posting notes on The Spey 12 this coming weekend.
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