Harvey MacNair's Lum Reek 21 Year Old Peated, 48% abv
"A good dram is aye welcome," claimed Victorian distiller extraordinaire Harvey MacNair. Know to his fellow Glaswegians as 'Braw heid' (bright spark) he was forever coming up with new ideas, often aided by serendipity. Take this splendid peated whisky. One autumn evening in the 1860s, after a day's fishing, he was quaffing a dram in the old stone bothy near GlenAllachie. Due to a blocked chimney (or lum) the room filled with smoke. It had "a transformative effect on my dram. Perfection!" stated MacNair. Ne'er a truer word was spoken.
Over a hundred years on, GlenAllachie's Master Distiller, Billy Walker, has recreated the same heavily peated style of whisky - a little more scientifically it has to be said.
Aristocratic peat smoke with dark chocolate and fudge.
Tobacco, leather, cedar wood and waves of peat reek with oodles of cocoa, vanilla, honey and spices.