A fine malt and something to go with it

Sat. 10 Mar. 2018

These gifts have been just what the doctor ordered during the couple of days that Siberia visited Bristol last week; this time last week the city was almost at a standstill and there was not much to do except, well, sample some fine whisky and chocolate. (I’d like to find a doctor who would order such therapy on these occasions.)

A word about the whisky now. This is an unusual single malt because, although it’s a Highland whisky, it’s also peaty (no need to quibble over the Scottish Island distilleries being officially categorised as Highlanders). The Ardmore is not as peaty as a great many island malts, and the Ardmore Distillery has gone out of its way, made a special effort, to produce a peated example of a Highland single malt – the distillery is in Aberdeenshire, north-west of Aberdeen city, and is well away from the coast and thus from the salty sea influences on the peat used for fires to dry the malted barley.

This is what the distillery says about their malt:

The Ardmore Legacy continues the distillery’s history of producing the only traditionally peated Highland single malt whisky... A lightly peated, sweet dram, The Ardmore Legacy offers the ideal introduction to peated single malts. Combining notes of creamy vanilla, smoky charcoal, sweet honey and savoury spices with a pleasant smoky taste, The Ardmore Legacy is a full-bodied and smooth dram with the typical Ardmore dry, spicy and long-lasting finish.

Although I’d probably prefer a uncompromisingly peaty single malt from Islay (Laphroaig and Lagavulin come to mind), this Ardmore is still a very welcome drop late at night after a hard day in the Studio or when one is snowed in.

The chocolate was dark – just as I like it – and was from Hotel Chocolat, who are usually a good bet for delivering quality. This offering was no exception, and helped keep the inner fires burning while the snow fell outside.

My appreciation and thanks to the faithfuls who delivered these gifts into my hands.

Mistress Geo