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Sunday, 31/May/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #81

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The 31st of May, last day of the month, last day of the Feis Ile, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music 2009 and the last day of what looks like a busy week of Islay and Jura mentions on the blogs. It also looks like summer might have finally arrived in the UK, as far as I know it's been a sunny and warm weekend pretty much everywhere, from Islay down to the south of England. But back to Islay and Jura in the blogs this week:

However, I'm not going to start with the festival, not even with Islay. Instead I'm going to take you to the gardens at ardfin over on Jura. There's also some mead magic and a ‘report’ from the Jura fell race on the same blog.

Others went to Jura for the whisky, Dubber & Clutch to be precise. After an interesting crossing they had dinner at The Antlers followed by some whisky and went to a ceilidh. There was a Tour of Jura Distillery with a Sneak preview: SSS before they had a chat with Jamie on island life. On their way out they managed to squeeze in a Feis Ile stopover.

Picture of the roof of a car with the names of all Islay distilleries printed on it

Which nicely leads us to the festival. You might remember the Mini Clubman roof from the Islaymobile Take 3 post earlier in the week. Ron Goudie was so kind to send me this one, I thought it fits quite nice. Now to my knowledge Chris & Stefan of don't blog, but you will find a short Feis Ile slideshow/ video from Islay on their website. So what about other blogs? Let's start with another German speaking visitor, Rainer Edlinger from Austria:

It's obviously all in German, but even if you don't understand German you can enjoy the many pictures: endlich Islay (Islay at last), islay tag 2 (Islay day 2), Ceilidh bei Laphroaig (Ceilidh at Laphroaig) and Tag 3 auf Islay … (Day 3 on Islay...) were his posts so far before having to leave again for the long journey back home.

The guys from teamed up with The Whisky Exchange Blog and a lot of cross posting went on: Day One, Day two, Day three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six and Day Seven. Want the same again? OK, here we go: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six and Day Seven.

There are also quite a few reports and videos from The Ileach on Ron's Islay Weblog, including the Homecoming Parade in Bowmore and Islay Festival Diary Monday 25 May. He also squeezed in Cuiart Breac, A Wild Trout Odyssey from Jeremy Hastings. While not technically a blog Gordon of Spirit of Islay has posted chronological updates from Feis Ile on his website.

One of the biggest events of the week was probably the auction of the first bottle of Kilchoman distillery, also mentioned here on this blog. While they didn't make it to the festival the Edinburgh Whisky Blog claimed they lost the Kilchoman auction (and have a Islay festival guest blogger). The auction also made it into a whisky blog from Israel, although I have no idea what she writes about it (I'm guessing it's a she from the Twitter profile picture). The Bruichladdich Blog also mentions Kilchoman’s First and obviously reports from the Bruichladdich Day “Feis Ile” 2009.

The Scotch Hobbyist has been following the festival quite keenly, as you can probably see from his Following Feis Ile 2009 post. While he was at it he also had a Flashback: My first Islay malt (Laphroaig 10). That was before Comparing Caol Ila 12 and 18.

Not exclusively about the festival (and I'm not entirely sure if they picked this week on purpose for the festival) is the OOR ALBA BLOG by Mike and Jacqueline from America. I believe they mainly came to explore their Scottish roots, but after their first day on Islay just enjoyed the festival and the place with American monument, Finlaggan, Port Nahaven or Another open day, lunch from Nippy Chippy, beach at Machir Bay, ceilidh.

There's a picture of Bruichladdich on Photogenic Scotland and an Italian (wine?) blog writes about La degustazione dei whisky Laphroaig alla Terrazza Martini di Milano, there are also some pictures and videos.

Now there have been other things as well, away from the whisky:

On the Islay Birds blog we find this picture of Cuckoo and first news of the Corncrake count. While it's difficult to see them some can at least hear the Corncrakes. John Islay Birder Armitage provides us with a summary of three busy bird-, moth-, and butterflywatching days and news of young birds and Painted Lady butterflies.

Elliott of Islay Sea Shipping had a busy weekend (getting all the festival visitors safely back on the ferries I guess), his updates are to follow.

The photographers were busy as well: In what looks like the last few pictures from his Islay visit Mirko Herzner shows us Port Ellen distillery and Port Ellen harbour. On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery we find Whisky Still Cleaning at Bunnahabhain and a different view of Bowmore Harbour (I think that was taken from the crane also used for the Homecoming Parade picture). Of my own pictures on my Islay Pictures photoblog I think my favourites are Queen Street in Portnahaven and Sailing Boat Anchored on Loch Indaal, Isle of Islay.

While I've got the funny feeling I've forgotten something/someone that's all I'm going to round up today. It's late and I need to get to bed. As usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Susan finally goes off Boyle as the Daily Telegraph continues to spare no expense…

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