Given the extraordinary depth and breadth of variety of single malts that now grace our warehouses, it will always be difficult to select just six Masterclass drams to showcase at our annual Feis Ile Masterclass. For 2015, Jim McEwan, with Allan Logan and Adam Hannett, wanted to provide their guests with something unrepeatable, a truly extaordinary group of drams to mark Jim’s impending retirement. None of these whiskies have ever been released commercially in their present form.
Introducing the first, a magnificent unpeated Bruichladdich, now at 51.5%, that was distilled back in 1984, Jim was keen to highlight that this was an example of the craftsmanship of what we like to call the Ancien Regime, before the distillery was closed in 1994. Superb spirit made by skilled men and matured here at Bruichladdich in a great Bourbon cask to provide us with the perfect example of what can be created by leaving well alone.