ABHAINN DEARG40 % 500 ML Bottle THE SPIRIT OF LEWIS Distillation Date: 10/2/2010 Cask Number: 08 2010 1000 Numbered Bottles Non Chill Filtered Bottled by Hand Oak Cask Distilled by: Mark Tayburn - Founder Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Carnish, Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides
ABHAINN DEARG, Carnish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Just 1000 x 50 ml bottles of "The Spirit of Lewis"have been released from Abhainn Dearg distillery on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, wih 500 being earmarked for the U K and 500 for mainland Europe.
Each is signed by founder Mark Tayburn. According to a spokesperson for Scotland's Westernmost distillery, which cam on stream in September 2008, "The Spirit of Lewis" is a traditional Outer Hebridean dram, a relatively young spirit, matured for a short period of time in a sherry cask. It is then reduced to 40.0 % A B V".
The result is a spirit with a grassy nose of tinned pears, with the emphasis on tin, sweetcereal, and a mildly herbal note. Reduced with water, there is a distinct impression of houseplant cuttings. Quite voluptuous in the mouth, with plump barley, and very drinkable.
The finish is short to medium in length, gently spicy and slightly metallic, with a final fruit and nut chocolate taste. Too young to be allowed out on its own for long, but this is an extremely promising "work in progress"and with a few more years behind it Abhainn Dearg could be a serious dram indeed.