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Sunday, 14/Oct/2007

Islay Blogging Roundup #6

Sunday late afternoon, approaching 18:00 (that's 6pm for those not familiar with the 24 hour time format). I've just completed and uploaded the Quicktime VR panorama of a view over Lagavulin Bay with the distillery and the ruin of Dunyvaig Castle, an addition to my Islay 180° panoramas. A nice large freshly brewed mug of tea is standing on the desk, next to some Islay Single Malt Chocolate Chip Shortbread I baked earlier (more about that soon). And a wee dram of Laphroaig is waiting for later. In other words, I'm ready for this weeks Islay Blogging Roundup. Here's what a few blogs had to say about Islay over the last week or so:

Ron from the Netherlands just returned from Islay and says Autumn on Islay is a Magical Time of Year. Which sounds good, as I'm going to leave for Islay again in less than a week from now. Meaning I can put his claim to the test.

Straight to the other end of the planet, to Japan. Here Takeshi Mogi is writing something about the Islay Malt Pillage, a quite important fundraising activity on Islay. I was lucky enough to see part of the final pillage back in June, just need to get my bid in soon.

Back to the west, to Germany: I'm pleased to read that Astrid has been inspired by this roundup, as she has started to write a weekly Wochenrückblick about Scottish island whiskies (Schottische Insel-Whiskies). Islay for obvious reasons features heavily.

On to the north, to Norway: This seems to be the blog for some kind of comic strip magazine called Pondus, as far as I can tell. They have an entry about record collecting (of the vinyl variety), which somehow also turns to Islay Single Malt whisky. I think something about passionate whisky lovers (‘lidenskapelig maltwhiskyelsker’) and the square foot of land you get as a Friend of Laphroaig.

But now to the UK, first some golf: The Principal says, Islay and The Machrie - It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This! after pointing out that Islay is the island of golfing dreams. Something I'm not going to question.

You'd like a picture? Have a Laphroaig Tree. No, not whisky growing on a tree, just a tree at Laphroaig. But a very nice one.

Jonny has received a mention in the last two roundups, let's continue with another mention: Jonny has now started to work at the Bruichladdich Academy during day 5 and day 6, learning about peat and its importance for Islay during day 7. More to come?

The Bruichladdich Blog has some thoughts about Appellation Controllée Scotched (see also More protection for Scotch whisky at the BBC). On a lighter note Bruichladdich also featured in a BBC political thriller (having no television I haven't seen it).

Last but not least the Islay Birds blog provides an excellent overview about all migrating birds arriving on Islay at the moment. Among others the geese have arrived, mainly the Barnies and Whitefront, but also an unexpected Bar-headed Goose. That sounds very promising for my upcoming visit!

And that's the Islay Blogging Roundup for this week. Quite likely it will take a break next Sunday when I'm away, but certainly be back in two weeks. As usual head over to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture and Brown bottles and bad media institutions. I hope you enjoyed this weeks roundup and found at least one interesting link.

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