On the bar there is a 30 liter casks and orders are pulled straight from the cask with a valinch
This is 2nd "batch" of Abhainn Dearg at MacSorley's. With 3 liters remaining in the cask, it was transported to the Isle of Lewis and topped up with new make spirit. After 12 weeks the cask was again opened for pouring. The cask is 30 liter ex-oloroso wood. As whisky has to be matured for at least 3 years in wood before it can actually be labeled whisky, this can not be called whisky. It simply has to be labeled otherwise.
Abhainn Dearg is gaelic and means Red River. The distillery is located far away on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, an island of the Outer Hebrides. Abhainn Dearg is arguably the smallest distillery in Scotland with a production capacity of just 20000 liters annually. The distillery is the most westernly distillery in Scotland, and also the most remote.
Abhain Dearg Spirit 64%
1. Abhainn Dearg Peacemaker 64% straight from the cask at MacSorley's
This is powerful stuff. It's not everyday I get a dram that I can nose from a yeards distance. The nose is very fresh, and makes me think of raki, grappa and grapes. The palate instanly puts the colour green on my brain. Green tea, green apples, green leaves, even the perfume they use in green dishwater soap. It's dominated by youth without being feinty. It reminds me a lot of the very young Benromachs that came out a few years ago. I also sense a tiny bit maritime notes in this, salt, seaside and a harbour
Rating : promising
Rob with a dram of Abhainn Dearg. Notice the colour!
Find the location of Abhain Dearg here http://bit.ly/cgpHsX
and check their website here http://www.abhainndearg.co.uk/