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Sunday, 24/Aug/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #45

Bank holiday weekend in England and Wales, I wonder how many people are using the long weekend for a quick trip to Islay? Or are they all watching the Olympics, which I believe will finish today? Anyway, as to be expected the weather was bad for at least part of the weekend, so I spent this morning finishing another Islay video. More about that tomorrow though, for now it's time again for the weekly look at the blogs. What have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura this week?

The Islay whisky powered racing car is still making the rounds through the blogs, some good PR for Bruichladdich. In addition to the blogs mentioned last week it is now picked up by Luxist and also finds its way to (I believe) Brazil: Destilaria escocesa Bruichladdich cria carro movido a uísque X4. It even shows up in a blog about French wine, Bordeaux-Undiscovered.

Not satisfied with that Bruichladdich also received a few other mentions: The WhiskyViking reports about the Bruichladdich 2001 Vintage for Jon Bertelsen, a special bottling only available in Norway. provides a heads up about Jim McEwan im Kempinski Hotel Falkenstein (that's somewhere in Germany) in October. Finally two blogs pick up on today's Scotsman story that Bruichladdich isn't for sale: Bruichladdich Beats Back Suitors As It Plans for More Growth writes just another whisky blog, while Ron says Bruichladdich Distillery Pushes Forward.

But that's enough Bruichladdich. Now for some visitors to Islay: Her last visit turned out rather wet, when Dawn returned to Islay last week it turned out much better (and she took some impressive waterfall pictures!). A new blog is Roaming Around, which started with Islay and Jura - part 1. More to come here?

Now I'm not sure which language this blog is in, I believe the author (I think Ha Anh N. Vu is her name?) is from Vietnam and therefore the blog mostly in Vietnamese. She writes Scotland, A Dream Land in an entry about a visit to Islay and Scotland.

Douglas seems to be back from his holidays, at least he's added two entries about his kayaking visit to Islay in July: Retreat from the Mull of Oa is the first one, followed by A lack of Ardbeg in Islay's White Hart Hotel's public bar. Some brilliant writing here, I really liked reading this story.

On to a few pier and ferry related entries: I've already mentioned the ClydeSights: Tarbert Pier - the end? post earlier this week. More important though the refusal of Argyll & Bute to consider the proposal for a direct Jura car ferry: Mark thinks it's Ferry Dodgy, while Ron also writes up his view why the ferry is necessary.

How about some life on Islay? Mark Reynier writes down his impressions of the Islay Show, which leads someone to comment ‘Mark you have found and recognised the real Islay.’ Scott and Bronwen have also been at the Islay show apart from entertaining visitors and celebrating Bronwen's birthday (a belated Happy Birthday!).

Back to a bit of whisky: Tom of the ardblog isn't writing about Ardbeg this week, no, he covers the Octomore II - The Sequel and links to a Schönes Laphroaig-Video. But then he returns to his first love with the Ardbeg Corryvreckan Video.

Last but not least the wildlife and birdwatching: Jeremy Hastings went to Jura yesterday after being out with ITV and Otters earlier in the week. He also went birding and whisky tasting, which he says ‘goes very well’.

The Islay Birds blog has a number of interesting pictures this week: To start with a Rose coloured Starling photographed by Becky Williamson (see also her Flickr picture). More pictures from Michal, including a Turnstone and three Dunlin (at least that's what I think they are).

That's all I have for this week, for the bigger picture and the non-Islay stuff go to the Scottish Roundup with The Festival, the Olympics and broadband bother. This entry was supported by lots of tea, scones with clotted cream and Scottish raspberry jam as well as the Rolling Stones' Forty Licks. It is now being finished with a wee dram of Bruichladdich PC6 Islay Single Malt and some chocolate.

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