Month: September 2014

We visited Islay in March and so, with a well deserved reputation for always doing things in a timely manner, I have managed to organise a blog 6 mont...

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Islay Index

The air is soft and misty – a gentle grey subduing and merging the colours, making them pastel and low key.  From across the bay,  looking tow...

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Islay Day 1

Suddenly out of the empty landscape there are two big, dark green, metal warehouses beside the road – odd and out of context. It is obvious the ...

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Laphroaig

Any industrial process needs some form of quality control and so to the tasting. We were offered was the Triple Wood, which is finished in sherry cask...

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Laphroaig Taste Association

As I have already said this was a very good visit and if it had ended normally we would have been happy but what happened next made it all extra speci...

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A Laphroaig Celebration

The plan is to go to Ardbeg for lunch  (always a good idea) but before you get there, right next to the road and clearly visible is Lagavulin. Even i...

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Set Dressing Lagavulin

Bowmore was the first distillery on Islay to spot the potential of whisky tourism and open up their doors. As a result it is still the most frequently...

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Bowmore

There is something intriguing about the Bruichladdich, distillery buildings that is hidden by the customary white paint. According to Andrew Jefford, ...

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Bruichladdich: Old and New

Although we couldn’t go on a tour of the distillery because of  the maintenance work it was not a complete disaster as we were  offered a visit to...

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Wine Casks

I have no  detailed tasting notes for any of the whiskies we sampled at the distillery because I didn’t write anything down.  Instead I just noted...

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Heritage Crops