Desert Island Drams – Steve Beal

Steve was formerly Senior Master of Whisky & Brand Ambassador for the Diageo Whiskies Portfolio based in San Francisco. He was inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame in 2015.

He is also Chair of the World Whiskies Awards in North America as well as a Keeper of the Quaich .

Since his retirement he has been doing curated bespoke whisky events for private clients and Whisky Live USA in addition to judging for the International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK) and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Safe to say he knows a bit about whisky…

For my Desert Island Dram I would have to choose a Caol Ila. Specifically The Distillers Edition, Double Matured Moscatel Cask.

A really sublime Islay malt from a distillery on the Sound of Islay, Facing the Paps of Jura across the straight. Delightfully smoky, with the muskiness often found on whiskies from the North end of the island, lightly finished with a hint of Muscat grape from its secondary cask. The finish compliments the crisp, smoky sweetness of a traditional 12 year old Coal Ila with out eclipsing it.

“Moonlight shining thru a smoky mist with a fog horn sounding in the distance, scent of sea spray on the face.”

I am a true peat head when it comes to single malts. I love them all but this my favourite dram ever…


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