Blogpost: Water of Life – Rest and Be Thankful

Posted by T • January 20, 2020

Posted by T • January 20, 2020

Water of Life – Rest and Be Thankful


So far we have our focus mainly set on covering distilleries, which makes sense as they make the spirit. However, given that distillers swap, sell and exchange their emissions both old and new, there are a myriad of whisky companies that specialise in releasing whiskies the characteristics of which can be quite different from what one is used from their mothership, no matter if we are talking single malts, blends, grain or literally everything in between.

In other words, independent bottlers keep the whisky game interesting and a relatively new one has sparked by curiosity, as word around the campfire had that it was founded by a former Bruichladdich sales manager. Given the ties with the great Hebridean progressive distillery, it was not further wondrous to find bottlings of two of my all-time favourite whiskies, i.e. Bruichladdich’s Octomore and Port Charlotte, in the line-up of Rest and Be Thankful – the name being an ode to a landmark that graces the peak the road out of Glen Crow.

The first Rest and Be Thankful whisky I was introduced to was a Ledaig, which left originally left the still at Tobermory in 2007 after having been matured for eleven years in a single sherry cask. Bottled at 58.5%, the Ledaig packs a punch, yet not overwhelmingly so, as the relatively high alcohol content is embedded in a complex melange of fruity, spicy and smoky notes.

Nuances of fruity and nuts along with smoky bacon tickle the nostrils and hint at the delicious peaty smokiness that caresses the palate. Berry and plum flavours are omnipresent and culminate in an elongated finish that leaves one thirsting for another dram.

Now, given previous instalments of our Water of Life series, it should not come as a surprise that I have yet to come across an Octomore expression that does not make me wax lyrical.

Needless to say that I was excited to try the Rest and Be Thankful variation, which upon being distilled in 2009, spent six years maturing in a barrel that previously contained Tempranillo wine.

I would not go as far as claiming that this is an exotic Octomore as the trademark idiosyncratic iodine peatyness and earthy aromas are there, yet there is a creaminess on the roof of the mouth and sweetness specifically in the finish that is reminiscent of a great mezcal. Clocking in at 65.7%, this rust coloured beauty of a drop is dangerously more-ish and each sip resulted in lip smacking while inhaling the wonderful aromas.

Fancy drams from the Highlands? R&BT’s Fettercairn aged for ten years in a single bourbon cask and is a nice variant based on to the nutty flavours and balancing sweetness the distillery has become known for.

Fruity aromas on the nose – think bananas and mangoes – transcend to spicy vanilla and malt flavours that seamlessly transition into a peanut and almond infused finish, which finds its crescendo in peppery highlights.

If you are more into the Speyside and a fan of Benrinnes’ expression that are part of the Flora and Fauna series, R&BT’s eleven-year-old will delight you: Once uncorked, the wafts of cinnamon and caramel remind one immediately of their core expression, yet this one has a more defined earthiness and orangey aromas that give it a bit of a twist. On the palate it unfolds its savoury, big-bodied character that is spicy yet more on the fruity end of the spectrum with a medium-length finish that lingers with nuances of apples and berries.

Summa summarum, if you are remotely into appreciating fantastic whiskies and dead set on your favourite expressions, you do want to check out Rest and Be Thankful’s bottlings as not only the network the founders are able to source from is unparalleled, but the careful curation of the casks they gain access o tensures consistency in terms of quality across their by now more than fifty bottlings from over twenty distilleries.



Photo from company website

T • January 20, 2020

More recent blogposts

Search/Play/Repeat - July 2021

Posted by Loren • July 31, 2021

We cover a lot at Scene Point Blank. It's part of the job, but first and foremost we're music fans. While we talk a lot of new releases in the news/reviews/interviews, music is timeless and we need a way to share it. Plus, I just love a good mixtape and want to share stuff. While Aaron typically covers Search/Play/Repeat and … Read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – 7th Day and Shedshaker

Posted by T • July 31, 2021

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – 7th Day Brewing and Shedshaker   The story of 7th Day Brewing is one that could not be more DIY in nature as it all goes back to founder Mike Beresford Jones trying his hand in homebrewing in a bid to create the kind of brews he could not find anywhere, the fruits of … Read more

The Formative Years - Rich Kids on LSD

Posted by T • July 31, 2021

The Formative Years - Rich Kids on LSD When I first got a hold of Burkhard Jaerisch’s Flex US Hardcore Discography long before the advent of the internet, I not only devoured it but set out to get my paws on all records that were deemed worthy of a 10 / 10 rating.  While I did not necessarily agree with … Read more

Reckless Brewing and Moo Brew’s Gin Boilermaker

Posted by T • July 29, 2021

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Reckless Brewing and Moo Brew’s Gin Boilermaker   Having honed and refined channelling her alchemy in the creation of craft beers, the quality of which has left an indelible mark on the firmament of Australian craft brews, Reckless Brewing’s co-founder Grace has and continue to contribute to shaping the DNA of one of the … Read more

Beethoven and Wagner vs Nietzsche

Posted by T • July 26, 2021

Beethoven: A life University of California Press   There is no shortage of books dedicated to the life of a composer whose legacy has never ceased to reverberate and impact music at large. Released to commemorate the two hundred fiftieth anniversary of his birth, what sets this biography apart in terms of authority is partly due to the unprecedented access … Read more

Water of Life – Limeburners and Earp Distillery

Posted by T • July 25, 2021

Water of Life – Limeburners and Earp Distillery   Over the last ten years, Australia has firmly established itself on the map of nations that produce quality malt whiskies. Slowly but steadily, rye whiskies created on terra australis have been making a splash on the scene with quite a few distilleries crafting their own incarnations of American style rye whiskey. … Read more

The Formative Years – Rugby and Canterbury

Posted by T • July 24, 2021

The Formative Years – Rugby and Canterbury I’ve covered the mecca that Washington DC proved to be as a hotbed for hardcore and punk as part of this series before, however, missed to shed light onto one of my favourite releases from the 1980s era, i.e. the vitally important split LP of the short-lived bands The Faith and Void.  While … Read more

The Formative Years – Hardcore Classics, pt. 1

Posted by T • July 23, 2021

The Formative Years – Hardcore classics pt. 1   With ZAP magazine playing a pivotal role in promoting and covering everything New York Hardcore related in a pro-active and prominent manner, Europe and specifically Germany have always been prime markets for hardcore emanating from the Big Apple.  The result was that “NYHC” became a veritable label and trademark and almost … Read more

The Formative Years - Ebullition Records

Posted by T • July 22, 2021

The Formative Years - Ebullition Records  The first time I heard about Ebullition Records was when there was talk around the campfire of that a gentleman that was known to me as a Maximum Rock’n’roll / No Answer zine contributor, i.e. Kent McClard, was planning to release a full length of one of my favourite bands from Orange County, California, … Read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Holgate and Six String

Posted by T • July 18, 2021

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Holgate Brewhouse and Six String Brewing   As we have outlined with our previous coverage of Holgate Brewhouse, over the last twenty years the Victorian brewery has established itself firmly on the forefront of innovative quality producers of ales that honour both the classic styles from the old world and the ever expanding and … Read more