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Sunday, 10/Aug/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #43

Summer? What summer? While the press goes into the silly season with The Sun writing There's whisky in the car (it seems the whisky powered racing car isn't the only whisky driven car on Islay. But then again this could be a hoax...) blogging continues as normal here. May be slightly less than usual, but Islay and Jura do get a few mentions in the blogs again. Here's what I found this week:

Let me start with whisky and women, probably one of the most interesting posts this week. Quite a few people in the whisky industry should read it and think about it. Once you've done that you can also read her other entries, pitch and Corryvreckan, both from a recent visit to Islay and Jura.

Next someone regular readers will be familiar with from previous roundups: Douglas of Sea kayaking with is now on holiday (no, not on Islay, on the Solway), so Mulling it over with a dram of malt on Islay might be the last post about Islay for a wee while. He has promised further entries about Islay though...

Not all visits to Islay turn out right, unfortunately the rain turned out to be too much for one visitor's tent: Dawn's pages: When things go wrong.

So from visits to Islay on to Islay Single Malt Whisky. And barrels. And hotels:

As mentioned on Friday the Spot The Whisky Barrel competition closes in a few days. The For Argyll website picks it up in Islay drops the whisky barrel from 5000ft on Thursday 14th. From here it travels to the Whisky Grotto, which titles Spot the parachute-jumping whisky barrel on Islay.

For some whisky tasting notes (hopefully not the type mentioned in the first link for this roundup...) Nick writes about White Bowmore, a Worthy Successor to the Black Bowmore. Whiskey and Stogs (you might want to check on the spelling there...) reviews the Laphroaig 15 Islay Single Malt. The Whisky Viking writes up an overview of the New whiskies from Laphroaig.

The Bruichladdich Blog reports about Oz & James' Great British Adventure while the ardblog takes a look at the Neuer Ardbeg TEN (new Ardbeg 10) bottle design.

Ron in the meantime is pleased about a special Islay and Jura Feature and digs out some drawings of Killarow. He also mentions the Ride of the Falling Rain Report, more information is available on the ride of the falling rain website.

That leaves the bird- and wildlife. The Islay Birds blog was comparably quiet this week with Ian being away on the mainland for a few days. In particular with Michal's help he still manages a few very interesting entries though:

While Ian himself only claims Magpies along the Stirling -Edinburgh road Michal has been busy taking pictures of Dunlin and Sanderling in flight. Unfortunately he wasn't around when participants in Michael's guided walk on The Oa spotted Golden Eagle, Buzzard, Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Kestrel. Yes, all in one walk. Various other birds on the move were seen during the week, including Arctic Terns and Swifts.

The Islay Birder John Armitage is a bit restricted with a damaged ankle at the moment, best wishes for a speedy recovery from here!

Last but not least Jeremy has some updates on Islay Birding News: He had a Cracker! of a day on Thursday after a Family Wilderness Day on Tuesday. Despite some bad weather he went out to spot some Saturday Birds, with the weather clearing up later.

And that's it for this week. While I had some Ardbeg to finish off the entry the stereo and the radio remained quiet today. For the bigger picture try the Scottish Roundup. today with Poverty, taxes and guns (only the happy topics on this blog!).

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