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Saturday 1st. Ardbeg Day

Although Tony and Michelle had notionally booked two tickets for a tasting today, they never got to use them (long story) so Bex and I set off ahead with the plan to meet up later. And we managed to park. Blimey!! There was lots of parking at Ardbeg, and, with the sun bright and hot, […]

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Friday 30th. Bunnahabhain Day

In a rare fit of shame, I had decided I had better placate my wife on this trip, so I booked two places on the ‘Tales of the Sea’ event at Bunna. Here, the Swedish artist who designed the rather fab label for one of their Festival bottlings (Westering Home), talked about her inspiration for […]

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Thursday 29th. Kilchoman and Jura Day

We decided to ignore Jura, partly because we’re not a big fan. Additionally, in my case, no-one responded to my email to the head distiller asking when I can reclaim my voucher for a free VIP tasting that came free with the Jura 21 y.o. 200th anniversary bottling. So, I’m taking my toys home. To […]

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Weds 28th, Bowmore Day

Weds, and michelle and I split off for the rest for a Douglas Laing tasting in Bowmore. Lottie safely packed off with Jim and Alice as we head down to the pier to catch the boat. Unfortunately, time and tide wait for no man, and Douglas Laing showed themselves to be a bunch of lubbers […]

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Tues 27th, Laphroaig Day (err….Ardbeg)

In theory, this is Laphroaig day. Not for us, however. Instead, we’re heading to Ardbeg for 90 minutes with the head distiller, Mickey Heads, and several of his favourite casks. I can’t help feeling that Laphroaig have slipped a little of late, with the release of three not-brilliant expressions (Select, QA, PX) that haven’t exactly […]

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Monday 26th, Caol Ila day

last time we were at the festival, caol ila day was accompanied by a full scale gale. Confident of no repeat, this year we chose to take a trip on a sailing ship organised by The whisky lounge. The Bessie Ellen is a Ketch that runs pleasure cruises and ships luxury goods. Despite never having […]

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Sunday 25th, Bruichladdich Day

Bruichladdich have probably the premier distillery event of the festival. They have tastings, bands, food stalls and crafts and the square is always rammed. the sun always shines on Bruichladdich, and this year was no different. I was on childcare duty and took Lottie to the Port Charlotte playground. It is a very good playground, […]

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Saturday 24th, Lagavulin Day

Day one of the festival, and we finally arrive on Islay via the lake district and Cairndow. The sun is shining and all is good in the world (after discounting vomiting toddlers and pre festival hangovers). By the time we got here we didnt want to move, but Pat went down to Lagavulin. Press release: […]

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WTC go to the Islay Festival, 2014

we are all going to the festival again! Tony, Michelle, baby Charlotte, Pat, Bex, Jim and Alice are all going to Cross House West for a week of whisky fun, in between responsible childcare of course. We haven’t been to the festival since 2011 (see our Islay 2011 and 2010 blogs), so are raring to […]

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