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Thursday, 14/Aug/2008

Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Whisky x 3

Picture of the Laphroaig distillery on Islay as seen from the ferry

No, this entry isn't about a triple distilled Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Whisky. But whisky plays an important part in it. After creating the wordle cloud for and mentioning it to The Cartoonist he pointed out that he was missing the word ‘whisky’ (see the comments in his blog). Which strangely enough is true. A blog about Islay and the word cloud doesn't contain whisky. Something I'm hoping to change with this entry about an Islay whisky. In this case about Laphroaig, where I found three interesting snippets over the last few days:

The first one doesn't seem to be linked from the Laphroaig website for some reason (or did I just miss it?). May be that's because it is only open for UK residents: It's the Laphroaig Masterclass. 200 pairs of tickets for an evening with Laphroaig's Master Blender Robert Hicks in one of four locations in the UK. Or 200 runners-up prizes of a personalised Laphroaig whisky tumbler. Closing date for the competition is 30/Sep/2008 and apologies to any of my overseas readers that this snippet won't be of much interest to you.

The second is from The Times, some thoughts about the Royal Warrant, which Laphroaig is proud to display: Royal endorsement? Prince Charles's prerogative. Some interesting thoughts about if, how and where a Royal Warrant helps, explained with the example of Laphroaig Islay Single Malt whisky.

The third and last one is breaking news from today (well, at least the press release is from today, I think the results were public a little bit longer): At the International Spirits Challenge 2008 Laphroaig has won a Gold medal. I don't know if anyone from Islay (may be John Campbell?) will travel to London for the award dinner at the end of September. I guess there will be more information about this on the Laphroaig website over the coming weeks, it's not mentioned on the Laphroaig awards page as of writing this.

That's all for today, time to pour a wee dram...

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