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Didòmhnaich, 06/Feb/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #155

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You were certainly expecting this one. After Friday's Friday Islay Picture #182 and yesterday's latest Islay Distillery Panorama it is time for another regular topic on this blog. It's time for the Islay blogging roundup again. What have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura this week?

Some of you will have probably followed Dougie's journey in the footsteps of Alfred Barnard on Whisky Story. Having been a regular in the roundup for a few weeks now sadly the time to say good bye has arrived: After a visit to the Isle of Jura Distillery he takes a look back on his time on Islay and Jura before saying Farewell Islay, until the next time.

Speaking of distilleries, there were also a few other whisky entries: The Gentleman Stumbler looks at the Laphroaig 10 Year, the WhiskyBrother tries the Bruichladdich 5yo Octomore 2.2 and Trinklaune from Germany writes Deoch an Dorius: Ardbeg. Very similar writes Bruichladdich Octomore 2 är den rökigaste whiskyn vi provat while The WhiskyWall reviews Three Lagavulin Plus One. The Bruichladdich Blog has an interesting Tasting Tip (question for the experts, at what temperature does whisky freeze?).

On the same blog also some two interesting entries about Whisky Tourism and Whisky Tourism 2, although I have to take issue with the last sentence. Germans don't wear Lederhosen, Bavarians do. Important distinction (says a ‘Fischkopf’).

Still on whisky, but now in combination with food, back in December I mentioned a Finnish blog making Laphroaig mustard: Ahmija: Viskisinappi. This week I came across another one, an Austrian blog writing about mustard (yes, really, you can have a blog about mustard) announcing the Ardbeg Whiskysenf in neuer Verpackung.

The recent windy weather features in Big Stu's blog in Wild Wheelie Bins while the Islay Energy Trust had Another good day out… On Ron's Islay Weblog an interesting read on Islay and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

The wild weather slowed down the birdwatching a bit, but the Islay Birds blog still had a few things to report: To start with a Kildeer Plover was spotted and then photographed. Not to forget the Fulmars bringing in the storm and destruction. The Islay Natural History Trust blog also covers the storm in Gale in Loch Indaal. But there are more signs of the winter coming to an end in Snowdrops and Wild Daffodills (Narcissus pseudonarcissus). Oh, and the Great tits were singing. John Islay Birder Armitage had a busy week with conflicting impressions before leaving for a few days: All Quiet on the Western Front.......until Monday!

Pictures. Ian Besch wonders about the meaning of awful and includes a few pictures from Islay which aren't awful at all. On Ron's photo blog some well spotted nice Dancing Trees and a nice view of Heatherhouse at Caol Ila on a sunny and clear day. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery a great slightly older picture in Port Askaig Aerial. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for the Laphroaig Distillery Panorama and Mull and Colonsay seen across Islay.

I think that's about it for this week. As usual I close with the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Scottish Round Up is brought to you by literature. Happy Islay and Jura blogging and good night!

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