This week the Islay Festival took place and each day a different distillery had its special day.
For this year’s Ardbeg day the great Jackie Thomson asked me to match a range of Ardbegs with a classic rock song, a more unusual rock song and an Americana folk/country track. Then she played the music in a disco environment complete with mirror balls and sofas. Here are my selections. What would you choose?
10 YEAR OLD
Characteristics: Big bold bourbon barbecue, husky, smoky, charcoal, wizened, smouldering…
1. Ace of Spades – Motorhead
2. Things My Father Said – Black Stone Cherry
3. Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kris Kristofferson
OLD SHERRY CASK
Characteristics: Upbeat, sweet, big flavours, pure, vibrant, complex, celebratory
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
2. Dream On – Noel Gallagher’s Big Birds
3. The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley