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Dihaoine, 28/Jan/2011

Friday Islay Picture #181 - Bowmore Distillery at Loch Indaal

Friday Islay Picture in stencil

Short Islay blogging break here over. I'm back to blogging on this blog. I took a short break from blogging here yesterday, although I did still do some Islay related blogging on my Isle of Islay Posterous account. Those following me on Twitter will have seen that I was on a Bowmore whisky and food event at the Malmaison Reading yesterday. Before I write a bit more about that I thought I post an appropriate Friday Islay picture of the distillery:

Picture of a distillery on a sea shore (Bowmore distillery on Islay)

Now back to yesterday evening. On Thursday last week I spotted a post on the Bowmore Single Malt Whisky Facebook page with an interesting invitation:

Would anyone like to join us next Thursday evening for a special tasting and food pairing at the Malmaison in Reading (UK)?

Working in Reading and living just outside of Reading in Aldermaston Wharf I of course said I would like to. Soon my invitation was confirmed. Yesterday evening I took the train into Reading (no point driving to a whisky tasting, in particular if you have a train station 5 minutes walk away and the whisky tasting is less than 5 minutes from the station).

Having arrived relatively early I was shown around by the Malmaison general manager and soon met the Bowmore team. While we were waiting cocktails (with Bowmore whisky) were served, but as I don't drink cocktails I politely declined. That turned out to be a good move, as I was given a whisky instead, giving me a head start.

Then the evening proper started and Tom Jones (no, not that Tom Jones) took us through the evening. We tasted four Bowmore Islay single malts: The 12yo, the 15yo darkest, the 18yo and finally by many eagerly awaited the Tempest Small Batch Release 2. With it some very nice food from the Malmaison kitchen was served, Scottish smoked salmon, Italian starters, various chocolates and even Bowmore whisky icecream.

No point in me trying to describe the tastes, the experts can do that much better. Of course the Tempest Small Batch release 2 was the highlight of the evening, left to the very end. Yes, it's very nice.

I had a very nice evening, Tom is a great entertainer and the combination of the whisky and food worked very well. Both the Bowmore team and the Malmaison staff were very nice and helpful. I met a lot of nice people, some had travelled from London to attend the event. You can find the pictures I took under the bowmore@malmaison_reading tag on my Isle of Islay Posterous account.

Thanks to everyone who made this a very enjoyable evening!

PS: Yes, of course I'll post a larger (larger as in more than twice as big) version of the picture of Bowmore distillery on the Islay Pictures photoblog on Saturday morning.

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