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Didòmhnaich, 16/Jan/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #152

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Mid January already? Those two weeks went rather quick! Soon it will be spring (hopefully). This weekend was quite rough on Islay though, to start with it was a bit windy and there was even some storm damage. This was followed by a bit of of a bump in the night, causing a bit of excitement. But for now let's move on to what the blogs had to say about Islay over the last week or so:

Actually, let me take a step back and not go to Islay just yet. Instead a new blog from a place on the way to Islay I've mentioned on this blog before, Scott's Bistro in Tarbert. Two weeks ago the scottsbistro posterous blog was launched, providing insight into the Scotts bistro furniture (which is beautiful!) and planned additions to the menu with Smoked mackerel bruschetta.

It took a while for them to appear, but now they are really starting to come in, reviews and entries about the Bruichladdich Islay gin. Two I found this week mainly focus on using it in cocktails, The Jerry Thomas Project: The Botanist gin by Bruichladdich and Summer Fruit Cup: Cocktails with.. The Botanist Gin. However, we should expect the first German reviews soon, as We love Gin Tonic from Germany writes Endlich da ! - The Botanist Islay Dry Gin - Teil 1 (Finally it has arrived - The Botanist Islay Dry Gin - Part 1) Of course there are plenty Islay whisky entries as well:

Staying with Bruichladdich the journey of Whisky Story arrives at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay and the Bruichladdich Blog itself covers Cask Storage, Octomore 10/10 and a change in Distillery Management. The Danish Whisky Blog asks Bunnahabhain - is it malty? while theperfectsip claims to have discovered The Future of Whisky.......... A Japanese blog picks up on the Laphroaig stones guessing competition, follow the links in the entry to participate.

The Whisky Online Blog Three Ardbegs (well, it's actually more like four, if you include the potential new release called ‘Alligator’) while Blue Cheese and Mangoes writes about A Glass Of Something Smoky from an Islay visit with distillery tours. Torgeir Frøystein also has blog, Torgeir on whisky where he covers his visit to Islay and in particular the whisky at The Lochside Inn. From Germany the WHISKYFANBLOG.DE mentions the new DVD: WHISKY the islay edition, although he's worried about the high postage costs.

On a more general note Bear Bones wish us a Happy New Year and the Simple Village Girl shows us her Duffle coat on Islay. Elliott has a quick update about the M.V Victress and the Islay Energy Trust highlights the upcoming Offshore Wind – Consultation Workshops. On Ron's Islay Weblog we find information about the Callumkill Estate on Islay and gets quite nostalgic in Islay Harbours in the Old Days.

The Islay Birds blog has this Goldeneye (no, not the Bond movie. Sorry, couldn't resist the pun) and a belated report of Fulmars, which of course meant the bad weather followed them. John Islay Birder Armitage tells us the Goose numbers back on track! and reports of an Intriguing raptor!! The Islay Natural History Trust blog was very busy again, interesting entries include Bridgend Woods, Scoping out a peat bank at Bolsay, The fields of yesterday - More photographs from Walter Rintoul and Peat and the photography of Walter Rintoul.

The pictures: Big Sky Photos treats us to an Islay Sky. Mark Unsworth has been away, so his Image of the week is of a frozen River Etive and he also posted a nice Sunrise, Loch Lomond. Kathy has a picture of a slightly different Islay House, Woodend, floods Jan 2011. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for Bowmore seen from the Campbell Monument and Caol Ila Distillery, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, once I've added the weekly mention of the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Roundup Pick n Mix. Good night!

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