From buying the first few single malt whiskies to stock the bar back in 1992 to purchasing the first cask in 1995, whisky has always been at the heart of The Fisherman’s Retreat.
Now in its 27th year The Fisherman’s Retreat now stock over 500 different Scottish single malt whiskies, with the majority of these available to try by the dram or purchase by the bottle from their onsite shop. Their online shop has just launched which showcases some of the more fine and rare whiskies The Fisherman’s Retreat has to offer.
Edition four is the first in a series of single malts to be aged solely in wine casks obtained from the Yalumba winery in Barossa Valley, South Australia. This release is an Arran distillation bottled after a five-year maturation at the distillery.
The 90 litre Octavius red wine cask was filled in 2013 with new make Arran spirit, the smaller cask enabled a faster maturation, thus rendering it ready for bottling after just five years. Bottled at 54% ABV this is a very limited edition at only 191 bottles.
One of the whisky industry’s best-known figures, Jim McEwan, the former master distiller of Bruichladdich, and good friend to the Magnall family has written the tasting notes for the whisky, describing its palate as:
“Amazingly complex for one so young. Layered and seductive. The flavours of the toasted barley, rich wine soaked oak and spicy vanilla is impressive for such a young spirit. Little hints of tangerines & almonds bring this amazing Yalumba matured spirit to a most surprising and satisfying conclusion”
Jim’s notes on the whisky’s aromas focus on the impact of the Yalumba cask:
“Brilliant combinations of mellow oak & concentrated fruitiness from the Yalumba wine cask. No other influence can encourage such an ambrosial intensity. It’s a luscious aroma cradled in a halo of toasted malt with an overture from the Flora & Fauna from this stunning Island”
Edition five has been 10 years in the making. This unique single cask bottling sees a return to Bruicladdich for The Fisherman’s in the form of this heavily peated Port Charlotte.
Distilled November 2008 at Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay and peated to 40ppm this Port Charlotte ticks all the boxes when it comes to embodying Islay’s peaty history. Spending all its life maturing in a warehouse on the windswept shores of Loch Indaal this whisky has endured everything the elements have thrown at it and used them to create something exceptional.
The former Haut-Brion red wine cask has also played an immense role in the making of this whisky, imparting its unique characteristics over many seasons to leave us with a deeply rich and well-rounded malt, accompanied by the unmistakable flavors that can only be found in an Islay aged whisky.
Hand bottled in December 2018 at 54% ABV this release has produced 360 bottles. Hervey Magnall, owner of The Fisherman’s Retreat adds:
“This edition is one I have been looking forward to for a long time, from the moment I tried the first dram I knew we had something special!”
Aromas: A smoky but subtle hit initially, with other flavours becoming apparent, vanilla, orange and a hint of sweet caramel, oak is constant throughout.
Palate: A beautiful warming dram, hold in your mouth and feel the gentle heat take over your senses, the flavours come rushing through, sweet citrus notes, oak is always in the mix with an influence of saltiness from the shores of Loch Indaal.
A real winter warmer, ideal for the flask on a winter’s day. Or you can just pour a dram and enjoy in front of a roaring log fire at home.
With further editions to be released over the next few years and more hand selected casks to be filled this should see The Fisherman’s Retreat become an established independent bottler.
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