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Didòmhnaich, 30/Jan/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #154

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How did that happen, that's January nearly over? If you live in the UK and have to file a tax return, tomorrow is the online deadline… Anyway, back to much nicer topics like Islay blogging. As you would expect there was quite a lot of Islay related blogging again, starting with the Islay whisky blog related entries:

I have no idea what the entry is saying, but this Japanese blog entry seems to be about Kilchoman distillery (although it also mentions the Museum of Islay Life), followed by one about Bowmore. I think I missed it last year, there's also an older entry about Bruichladdich. A Swedish whisky blog seems to have had a nice surprise as they write in Bruichladdich levererar! OK, back to a language most readers of this blog can actually understand:

The journey of Whisky Story continues with Caol Ila Distillery, Islay and Bunnahabhain Distillery, Islay. A visit to Jura is still to follow before he wraps up with a summary about Islay and Jura.

As usual there were quite a few tasting notes, examples include Home of Whisky: Port Ellen 10th Release, Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona | WhiskyNotes, Gernots Selection: Bunnahabhain 31 Jahre Refill Sherry » WHISKYFANBLOG.DE, Adventures in Alcohol: Scotch and wait... How do you say that? (Bruichladdich) and Bruichladdich 21yo Oloroso Cask « WhiskyBrother to name a few. The was also another review of the Bruichladdich gin at The Institute for Alcoholic Experimentation: Botanicals—the more the merrier? Not to forget the Tandem Cocktail Bar in Barcelona giving the Botanist Gin a mention in Spanish.

The Bruichladdich Blog has some Electric News as well as an update on the Warehouse 4 Progress. This is also picked up in the Tom's "Officially Unofficial" Bruichladdich Blog at Cooking with Gas. In Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Apprentice Scholarship Winners we learn about Thomas Klus who will be building A Bridge to Islay at Bruichladdich. Oh, and Mark Reynier has started to use Twitter a bit, you can find him at @markreynier. John Hansell tastes the Review: Kilchoman (Summer 2010 Release) from their neighbours across the hill.

In other news The Anglofiles have declared Bear Bones as Scots of the Week and on Ron's Islay weblog we find an update from Brian Palmer about Islay Cycling - Ride of the Falling Rain 2011 (unfortunately his shift key seems to be broken?)

Birdwatching and wildlife, Seal Diet Scotland has Islay news while the Islay Birds blog has news about Andy leaving Islay and Catherine taking on his old role, all the best to both of them also from here! A short excursion to Ardnave was a success and a flock of 1,000 Chaffinches was spotted at Gartbreck. John Islay Birder Armitage spotted Divers and Long-tails! and went on a Supplementary goose count. 26/1/2011. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has news that the BBC commission major new series featuring Islay wildlife. There are also some nice pictures from a visit to Tormisdale Cliffs and Islay in the 1950's - more of the photographs of Walter Rintoul as well as some good shots of a Red Breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator). And spring can't be far away with the Common Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) fully out now.

Now the pictures, I think there's only one set of pictures I can start this with: Incredible Islay Night Pictures by James Deane. Some fabulous shots by James again! On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery beautiful and colourful Blackrock Sunset while his Image of the week is Mull seen from Islay. On Ron's photoblog we find the Road to Loch Gorm and a Rowing Boat at Port Askaig. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Saligo Bay sunset in June 2009 and the Moon over Bowmore, Isle of Islay.

Let me close with a new blog worth watching, the blog of Rowan Cottage, which can be found at the rowan cottage islay blog.

And that's it for this week. I hope you've found at least something interesting. For the bigger picture there's of course the Scottish Roundup, this week with Robert Burns and other things that moved Scotland’s bloggers this week. Good night!

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