A Dream of Scotland - the whiskys from Marco Bonn and the Brühler Whiskyhaus are sure to split. There are the squeaky sweet bottlings from Speyside, which are sometimes annoying. There is the pathetic hype about bottlings that are sold out within a few minutes - and the following rants about pinball machines, etc. And then there is the Islay bottlings ...
South Islay is called Lagavulin by Marco Bonn. And for everyone who doubts it, the zombie lady on the label's facial features slip away - her brooch is clearly legible. This 21 year old Islay whisky was finished in Manzanilla Butt for two years. This is a dry type of sherry that contrasts with Marco's sweet side.
Oh, just this smoke ... You don't even have to drink this whisky. You’re glad to be able to sniff these aromas. This is Islay, this is Lagavulin, it has nothing to do with the standard bottlings. The smoke is elegant, it is stately, fits the fireplace in a mansion on the island, in which the gentlemen and ladies sit, in decent clothes and with peat slabs on their boots. And yes, the lady of the house is already up to date - but who cares when the wind roars outside and the spray blows against the window?
The whisky is carried by the smoke, how could it be otherwise? But even after 21 years it is still stable, strong and ashy. This is a fire that has retained its strength over the years, that has stayed in the fireplace and has not missed the armchairs and the table. But it also burned up the remains of salty algae under the peat to ash. All the caramel, all the herbs and flowers have long been charred, the whisky is dry but not bitter.
And the alcohol? Which alcohol? Sure, whisky must have 40%, it will already have ... No, the 51.6% vol. are wonderfully integrated, maybe you could add water - but why?
Finish? With this whisky one hopes that it never ends ... The maritime-ashy smoky note sticks in the mouth, it is pointless to drink another whisky afterwards and it would be a sacrilege to brush your teeth afterwards. Look at the label, you whisky zombies!
Sure, that's A Dream of Scotland. For the price of the sample, you can certainly get a good bottle of whisky. But I don't want to think about it now. What we have left is decay. Let's hope it's as awesome as this whisky!