Buxton sometimes fall off my radar and I forget all about them, getting wound up in new breweries and all things cool and beery.
And then a little bottle of wonder with Buxton’s name on it will turn up and I’m reminded how fabulous they are, how they are up there with the very best breweries in the world, let alone the UK.
Sound Of Islay is an Imperial Stout that has been ages for over a year in heavily peated Islay whisky barrels.
The result is a beer so thick and chewy that a knife and fork wouldn’t go amiss.
The deep treacle tart, chocolate praline, heather honey, hibiscus, pine needles, polished benches and leather bureaus at the beer’s heart is warmed through and made extra dense and damp by the fungal woodiness and alcohol sexiness of the whisky barrels.
You know that feeling of walking on thick lush green moss in bare feet?
This is the beery equivalent.
Soft and sensual, wood fires burning just out of sight, as you wander in the darkness towards your tipsy reward.