As the heather burnt and gorse bushes sizzled and cracked in the heat, huge plumes of dense and earthy smoke surged into the sky above the salty rocks of the coastline. Watching from the safety of our fishing trawler, fine ash rained down around us and settled on the tarry deck and what had now become trays of smoked mackerel. The skipper, dressed in his old sealskin waterproofs, began making not only bloody marys abundant in Worcestershire sauce and spicy Tabasco but also margaritas with smoked tequila and plenty of fresh lime. We opened a packet of balsamic vinegar crisps and tucked into barbequed pork ribs as we watched the flickering flames reflect of the nearby rock pools.
Cask: Refill hogshead Age: 6 years Date distilled: April 2011 Alcohol: 60.3% USA allocation: 60 bottles