Whisky Lovers: Head To Bird Of Smithfield
Whisky lovers: head straight to the Birdcage at Bird of Smithfield! The winter lodges have arrived and they’ve teamed up with progressive Hebridean distiller, Bruichladdich to offer the perfect whisky escape for Londoners.
Making whiskey with 100% Scottish barley, the Bruichladdich distillery has sat on the Isle of Islay since 1881. Having finally closed in 1994 the distillery was given a new lease of life in 2001 when it was bought by enthusiastic private investors keen to see whisky made the proper old fashioned way and as such Bruichladdich is now both highly regarded but also able to place the highest importance on authenticity, place and provenance, and in ultimate traceability. And now they’ve paired up with Bird of Smithfield for the winter.
Bird of Smithfield guests can look forward to a warming whisky cocktail on arrival, followed by a selection of Bruichladdich winter cocktails, including the Islay of Laddie, a combination of plum bitters and blackcurrant foam, or how about The Stinging Scot with nettle reductions, vanilla bitters and kumquats?
Bruichladdich’s three peating levels, Classic Laddie, Port Charlotte and Octomore are very much central to the experience and it’s well worth trying the three in succession. Classic Laddie is Bruichladdich’s signature malt and aims to reflect the distillery’s unique philosophies concerning the land, people and the raw material it’s made from. The Port Charlotte, which is heavily peated, serves as a tribute to the men who once worked at Bruichladdich’s Lochindaal distillery while Octomore claims to be the world’s most heavily peated single malt, and as such has proven immensely popular.
The partnership between Bird of Smithfield and Bruichladdich is well worth a visit for any whisky fans looking to enjoy something special and unique. To do so in the context of the winter lodges is only an added bonus!
The partnership between Bird of Smithfield and Bruichladdich runs until January at 26 Smithfield Street, Smithfields, EC1A 9LB