03/16/16 6:03am
Carol Simmons and Doug Hardy toast glasses of single malt Glenfiddich Scotch whisky in their Southold home. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Carol Simmons and Doug Hardy toast glasses of single malt Glenfiddich Scotch whisky in their Southold home. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Carol Simons and her husband, Doug Hardy, might never have found the most memorable single-malt Scotch during their recent trip to the Scottish Highlands were it not for a detour to a rustic little restaurant high above the Loch Ness owned by a couple of hippies.

This past August, the Southold residents flew to Scotland for a 10-day, 73-mile long hike of the Caledonian Canal. Along the way, they took it upon themselves to search for the country’s finest single malts.

One day, over homemade hot chocolate and shortbread cookies at a little café in Loch Ness known as Abriachan, one of the owners told the couple about a single malt they absolutely had to try during their journey. It was called Scapa.  (more…)