October whisky of the month – Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Unpeated Single Malt - reviewed by Committee Member and Cycling Club co-captain Michael Hanrahan.
Bruichladdich is Gaelic for "gentle slope of the sea" which is appropriate as the distillery is located on the Scottish Isle of Islay, approximately 40 kilometres north of the Northern Irish Coast.
Islay is a cycling Mecca with a few distilleries thrown in for good measure.
The distillery (owned by Remy-Cointreau), in order to promote fitness for their staff and reduce the use of cars on the island, have created their own cycle club; the Laddie Community Cycle Club, and hold their own one-day tour called the "Ride of the Falling Rain".
The whisky is a perfect blend of Highland and Islay with no colour added; a slightly oaky nose, consistent with maturing in barrels of American and European Oak, a malty vanilla and sweet oak palate; non-chill filtered water and a gentle pleasant sea breeze and salt finish.
My bottle was excellent. You can go to their website and review your batch, they are not meant to be the same. Go get a Johnny Walker if you want that.
Forget Orange for next year’s Tattersalls Cycle Tour; Tour de Islay looks the goods! We may even consider Islay's famous "Extreme Whisky Tour" where participants take part by foot, cycle and kayak to visit 10 island distilleries over 97 kilometres in just three days.
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