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Abhainn Dearg, the new whisky from Uig, will not be whisky until 2011 but thanks to the intrepid Leodhaisiach Mike Donald and his colleagues, a small cask of the new spirit is lying cosseted in a cellar in Glasgow. MacSorley’s Music Bar on Jamaica Street will be the venue for a tasting of the Peacemaker batch on Tuesday 16 March, from 7.30. From the invitations:
On February 21st 2010 at the Abhainn Dearg Distillery in Carnish on the far west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides released its first casks of legal spirit.
The MacSorley’s management embarked on a four day, 600+ mile journey from Glasgow to collect one of these casks and become the first people to take a legally distilled dram off the island inover 160 years.
The new make spirit came fresh from the still and has sat in a 30 litre Oloroso cask for the last few weeks. We are proud to be the only public retailer of the spirit (it’s NOT whisky!) in the world.
Tonight we invite you to join us for the tapping of the cask and the first tasting of what should prove to be an interesting drink.
We have named our batch “Peacemaker” after our founder, Philip MacSorley’s original blend.
There will be tradition live music from rising Lewis artist Iain Morrison. Abhainn Dearg’s owner & distiller will be present as well as a coopering demonstration from local firm Fishers. Food from Biadh chef Sam Carswell will also be served.
To be added to the guest list, send a request to miked-at-subclub.co.uk (replacing the -at- with @). You can read about Mike’s journey to a wintry Uig starting here and see a pre-tasting video by whisky reviewer Ralfy here. Abhainn Dearg is also offering a three day “whisky experience”.