Stein Inn

Whisky Info

Welcome to our whisky page. Each month we hope to feature a whisky available to sample at the Inn. After our "whisky of the month" is a list of the whiskies we carry - listed alphabetically under the headings of their areas - Campbeltown, Highland, Island, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. So please peruse the list and see if your favourite is there. The list is not definitive and will always be a work in progress, due to bottlings and availability.

Tobermory

Mull   10yr old   40% abv

This is from the Isle of Mull’s only distillery and was started in 1798, by a local Merchant, initially it was known as Ledaig (also a bottling from the distillery). The two whiskies are quite different and distinct.

The distillery has gone through a mixed history; it closed in 1837 and opened again in 1878, and it was closed in the 1930s as much to do with the depression, as with the prohibition era in the USA. It re-opened again in 1971 after an absence of 40 or so years (at one stage it was used to store cheese in). The distillery still found it hard going with it’s warehouses converted into flats in the 80s. But it survived long enough for Burns Stewart to buy it, and would now seem to be securing it’s place on the ‘whisky map’.

It is used in the production of Black Bottle and Scottish Leader.

The maturation is now done at the Deanston Distillery (near Stirling) which is owned by the same company.

The whisky is distilled from unpeated barley, so it has a light nose with a little peat but a hint of smoke, li oak and a peppery palet with a smooth finish. (Anytime)

tobermory distillery established sign
bottle of tobermory whisky
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Ardbeg

10yr old   40% abv

A full flavoured scintillating smoky smack in the mouth. If you like strong Islay Malts this is it. (End of the day, staring into the middle distance)

Airgh Nam Beist

No age   46% abv

Shows maturity along with toasted almond, biscuity cereal, mix of peat and citrus. Not overly heavy, a good tongue-coating texture with persistent smoke.

Uigeadail

No age   54.1% abv

Rich, concentrated and powerful. Sooty with light tarry/liquorice touches. Very smoky, great presence but subtle in its own way. (After Dinner)

All Most There

9yr old   40% abv

Discrete hints of citrus fruit give it a kind of freshness. Citrus notes are pleasantly mixed with the peat. Nice finish, fresh and lingering, in the exact line of the mouth. (Late Afternoon)

Ardbeg

dist 1944   bttld 2002

(Connoisseurs choice) Starts of quite light, then becomes mean and moody.

Bowmore

12 yr old   40% abv

Bowmore Distillery has been nestled on the shoreline of Loch Indaal for over 200 years in the village by the same name. It was founded in 1779 by a local merchant by the name of John Simpson. Its heat recycling system has significantly reduced their reliance on peat. The “waste heat” is used to heat the village’s swimming pool. Spicy aroma, with heather and slight smoke. (Apéritif)

Bruichladdich

The name loosely translated means “rocky lee shore”, this gives a clue to it’s location sitting on the shore of Loch Indaal.

It was built in 1881 by the Harvey brothers and in it’s day was “state of the art”. The stills have long narrow necks which brought in to produce  fine and unique whisky different to the other distilleries on the island. After a family falling out and a fire in the thirties the distillery changed hand numerous times, until a private purchase in 200o, when Jim McEwan was brought in as mate distiller.

The equipment used is to this day by and large the original Victorian installation, to such an extent that the craft and secrets the process are still passed on by word of mouth and computers aren’t used. They have shaken up the whisky world by producing different expression and styles with innovation and clever marketing, but still maintaining the core values of producing good whisky.

The distillery is very proud of the provenance of the ingredients, all Barley is sourced in Scotland and as much as possible from islay.

Bruichladich is an unpeated malt, whilst under the brand Port Charlotte it produces a peated malt. They also produce Botanist Gin.

 

“The Classic Laddie”

No age statement      50% abv

 This is one of Bruichladdich core brands, noses with floral notes with a hint of salt, tastes of fruity toffee maybe salt caramel?, finishes quite short but fresh.   Aperitif

 

Also available here from this distillery:-

Bruichladdich Twenty

20 yr old   40% abv

Seaweedy, rounded very drinkable. (After Dinner)

Bruichladdich Cask

21 yr old

Rich flavour with birch wood and pettiness. (After dinner)

Bruichladdich Infinity

No age   55.5% abv

Honeycomb barley, peat explosion very thick and powerful flavour… and beyond.

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Bunnahabhain

12 yr old   40% abv

Fresh and sweet, notes of vanilla with a slight whiff of peat smoke. Light, gentle sweetness with nuttiness and frosted corn flakes. Crisp and refreshing. (Anytime)

MacPhail’s Bottling

12 yr old   40% abv

Salty with a hint of smoke, soft Islay tones. (Anytime)

Caol Ila

15 yr old   43% abv

Caol Ila (pronounced “cull-eels”) means “Sound of Islay” in Gaelic. The view from the distillery stillhouse oversees the Sound and carries the eye out to the famous Paps (mountains) of Jura. It is claimed that this may be the finest view from any distillery anywhere. Rounded, mid-weight. Good smoky intensity mid-palate. Clean juicy fruits, oil and dry smoke. (Apéritif)

Caol Ila Cask

Caol Ila

18 yr old

Lagavulin

16 yr old   43% abv

Meaning ‘Hollow by the mill’, Lagavulin is one of the oldest legal distilleries on Islay. With strong peat flavour and Iodine, this like Laphroaig is a love or hate whisky. (On it’s own, any time)

Lagavulin Distillers Edition

43% abv

Finished in pedro ximenez casks, lots of flavour, sweet with peaty smoke, long and smooth afterburn of dry seaweed!

lagavulin distillery

Laphroig

10yr old   40% abv

Full sparkling gold. Huge smoke, seaweedy, “medicinal”, with a hint of sweetness. Full bodieds with hints of salt and layers of peatiness, lingers like kippers.

Laphroig

15yr old

Peppermint sweetness and grassiness, then an explosion of matches, burning peat, long and chocolaty. Lots of vanilla. (After dinner)

Laphroig Cask

Very powerful, smoke, seaweed, sweet. With a massive peated burst of flavour. Long and savoury.

Port Ellen

19yr old   40% abv

Oily, heavy on peat, tones of the sea. (Smoked Salmon, after dinner)

Auchentoshan

10yr old   40% abv

Auchentoshan, meaning ‘Corner of the field’ in Gaelic, produces a delicate, smooth and light single Malt Whisky. The subtle aroma and flavour of its Spirit is achieved by the unique Triple Distillation process, whereby the spirit is not distilled twice, as elsewhere in Scotland, but instead, distilled three times producing even greater refinement to its character. (Pronounced “Och’n’tosh’n”.) This is the classic Lowland malt, triple-distilled, light, but with plenty of complexity and character to in its own right. The distillery is just outside of Glasgow, hidden in a hollow between the river Clyde and the Kilpatrick hills. Citrus, lemony, fresh taste, clean, refreshing. (Aperitif)