It has been an amazing couple of months here for the Scotch Trooper and his other friends. A few trips to Scotland, a trip to Lucas Films in San Fransisco, and more than a handful of Whisky Events. I you have been following my Instagram or Twitter you have been getting a more detailed look into these trips. But as a bit of a “catch up” for the rest of you, here is a collection of my favorite photos from our two trips to Scotland. That being said, stay tuned to my other accounts as I have more on the way. Cheers.
"The peat is strong with this one." – – – – – My favorite part of any distillery visit, walking amongst the sleeping whisky in the barrel house. Being able to sample those whiskies make it that much more exciting. Our favorite from this visit was a 17yr first fill bourbon barrel. It was a typical bold and peaty Ardbeg, but amazingly smooth and sweet. A hands down favorite of all of us. #Ardbeg #TrooperInScotland #StarWars #Peat #BarrelHouse #Islay #IslayWhisky
Even Troopers need a little R&R. – – – – – On our final day of our Ardbeg adventure, I took a walk around the Island a bit. To the side of the distillery is a large hill/cliff. As I walked up it, soaking in the ocean air, I just couldn't tear myself away. Such a wonderful view to close out our time. And the 21yr was the perfect whisky to accompany those final moments. #Ardbeg #Ardbeg21 #Islay #IslayWhisky #StarWars
"…as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy." – – – – – For obvious reasons, our visit to the Balvenie Distillery was one of the major highlights on our trip. To be able to walk through and experience each hand crafted step that goes into their whisky was just beyond amazing. #TrooperInScotland #Balvenie #TheBalvenie #StarWars #balveniedistillery #travel
You shall not pass! – – – – – The hardest part of our trip was not being able to take pictures in any of the warehouses. In most cases we even had to keep our phones and cameras in a separate room before entering. I could fill a few SD Cards with photos if given the chance. But that didn't stop us from enjoying the Angels Share as we walked around. Such a treat to walk amongst all that sleeping whisky. #TrooperInScotland #Glenfiddich #Warehouse #StarWars
I don’t know… fly casual. – – – – – The Balvenie Distillery is one out of a mere handful of distilleries in Scotland that still operate a malting floor. We did visit other distilleries that still do so, but they were in silent season. So we were more than happy to take part and enjoy the full Craft that Balvenie still puts into every drop of Whisky. This pic is a nod to @whiskylassie and @whiskyanorach. It's no Malt Angel, but you both were the inspiration for the shot. #TrooperInScotland #Balvenie #MaltingFloor #StarWars #RareCraft #WhiskyFabric
Blending whisky ain't like dusting crops, boy! – – – – – The Solera Deconstructed Tour at Glenfiddich was amazing. After a video and walk through the distillery and warehouse we were brought into the blending room where we got to test our own blending skills to come close to the flavor profile of the 15yr Old Solera. All while enjoying cask strength samples along the way. #TrooperInScotland #Glenfiddich #Tour #soleradeconstructed #StarWars
The real reason TK-421 wasn't at his post. He was off enjoining a gloriously peated dram at the Laphroaig Distillery. – – – – – We couldn't have asked for a better day to take the Water to Whisky tour. The sun was shining and it was nice and warm. #TrooperInScotland #Laphroaig #StarWars #islay #ScotchTrooper #travel