The Whisky Tasting Club

Day 2: Laphroaig gathering

blimey sunday was busy, no wonder we are all knackered today. Michelle and Arby had a nap after Bruichladdich, then it was off down to Laphroaig for the gathering. The weather had turned, it was overcast with a light soft rain, which seemed appropriate since we were going to stand in a peat field.

Got to Laphroaig and picked up our pack, which contained a pair of green wellies (branded with the gathering 2010), three minatures (10, 10 cask strength and quarter cask), a mini tasting glass and a certificate. Everyone put on their wellies and after some instructions we ambled up to the field. We were then arranged to spell out the letters FOL and our picture was taken from above toasting and raising mini flags. They liberally dished out the festival Carchais, which was quite light and peppery and went down very well (more on this on tuesday, which is the laphroaig open day). Touchingly, they then scattered someones ashes on the field and we toasted those who could not be there (to my shame I cant remember the mans name). The idea was we would then all find our own plot and get another photo. However, the crowd was getting rowdy and it we raining, so instead we all just spread out and had another photo taken. Arby was now being noisy, so we put him in the car and headed off to the barn dance. Hmm, barn dances not really our thing, so we went straight for some food. There were of course several Germans already ahead of us, but we got in quick and had some seafood chowder and more scallops (the ones at Bruichladdich were better). All in all an excellent event and pretty good value at £25, I would recommend it to anyone going to the festival next year

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  • “There were of course several Germans already ahead of us”

    ROFL

  • […] Tony and Michelle’s 2010 Islay Festival Blog – [Update] A late update from Tony and Michelle provides an inside look at the Laphroaig gathering on Sunday night. […]

  • What the heck happened to the weather? Your pictures from Bruichladdich show blue skies and lobster-coloured arms emerging from T-shirts. By these pictures – surely not the same day? – it’s looking like midwinter with everyone wrapped up in assorted raingear!

  • weather changed completely around 5 pm. It was gorgeous all morning and I got a bit sunburnt at bruichladdich. It was foggy and raining at Laphroaig, shame for them really but appropriate for standing in a peat field. Today the complete opposite, overcast in the morning and lovely in the afternoon, we were basking in the sun at caol ila. Time to crack open that festival bottling, report to follow (probably tomorrow morning, off to port ellen later to meet up with dom)

  • […] Tony and Michelle’s 2010 Islay Festival Blog – [Update] A late update from Tony and Michelle provides an inside look at the Laphroaig gathering on Sunday night. […]

  • […] on your plot. They also instigated the Gathering in 2010. Michelle and I went and blogged about it here. They don’t seem to mailshot at all. They have a FoL log in area and have experimented with […]

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