Wednesday 21st of June and the start of summer. From time to time I take a look at the webcams from the Bruichladdich distillery and think of the wonderful times we had on Islay. Today (wednesday 21st of June) was however a bad day on Islay and in the west of Scotland. Very strong winds and lots of rain. The image on the left is captured from the Bruichladdich Distillery webcams. Sometimes a picture says more than a 1000 words!
Fine weather to visit the odd distillery and taste some fine drams!
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Quoted from the Ileach Newspaper: Islay’s major annual event, the Festival of Malt and Music, more than lived up to its well earned and world-wide reputation, by providing visitors and an increasing percentage of locals with fine portions of both malt and music. Even at the start of the Festival on Saturday 27th it was possible to overdose on the music being purveyed with Cliar in Bowmore Hall and Carol Laula and ninetyfiveproof in Bruichladdich.
With multiple appearances by Skerryvore, Deoch an Dorus, Islay Pipe Band, The Maverick Angels and Norma Munro and with singularly enthusiastic performances from piper Stuart Liddell, last year’s popular Friday evening headliners, Blazin’ Fiddles and the noisiest pipe band in the world, Clannan Drumma at Ardbeg on the Saturday.
There were, of course many events ancillary to the music and malt bits, such as the Texas Scramble at Machrie, the Clootie Dumpling workshop, Fishing and Bowling competitions, and it is testament to the enthusiasm and work ethic of the Festival Committee that these ‘smaller’ events contuinue to take place.
However, we’d be kidding ourselves if we thought that the population of Islay virtually doubled during this week for any reason other than Islay and Jura’s nine malt whisky distilleries. With the number of attractions at each distillery during their particular ‘open days’ it was obvious that it was not only the festival comittee that was working hard. Aside from tours with the managers and staff, nosing and tasting masterclasses, there were midnight tours, walks to the water sources, blending classes, special bottlings and numerous other delights for the avid and often far travelled whisky lover.
We have already had report of folks booking for next year’s event, many of whom have been coming for several years. Long may it continue.
With kind permission from The Ileach
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As global warming makes the temperatures rise in some parts of the world it looks like Islay has got its fair share as well. According to a reliable source the temperatures were so high in the last week of May and beginning of June that everyone was walking around in shorts getting a tan. They even considered starting up coconut farming.. I wonder how the climate on Islay will look like in 50 years or so when global warming really sets off. One thing is sure though, it wont hurt the tourist industry on Islay.
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miles and miles and miles and miles...
if colnago can have details on a website for their grand fondo in september, then it's probably time we had something on the post for the gran fondo ardbeg. this year it will be held on sunday 6th august (we've tried to adhere to the first sunday in august as far as possible over the years), leaving from bruichladdich village at 10am in the morning and cycling about 150k round islay, with the old kiln cafe at ardbeg distillery (velo club headquarters) being the half-way point.
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