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Didòmhnaich, 21/Dec/2014

Islay Blogging Roundup #317

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The last Islay blogging roundup before Christmas (possibly not the last for the year though, I think I'll still write one next Sunday). I almost wrote ‘on the shortest day of the year’ or the winter solstice, but that wouldn't necessarily be right. For any readers living east of the UK (i.e. in a time zone GMT+x) it will actually be on Monday. Also keep in mind the mornings will still get darker for a while. But enough of that, back to the Islay blogging roundup:

I assume there will be quite a few bottles of Islay whisky both given as present and consumed over Christmas, so let me start with some Islay single malt posts: Heiko from Switzerland writes 12/19 - It's a Laddie night. Whisky Won has a Review: Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 12 Years while a Finnish blog has Ardbeg 1977/2004, 46% and Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength Batch 003, 55,3%. Fredde from Sweden tries the (Bruichladdich) Octomore 6.2/167 Limited Ed. 58,2% and a Canadian blog finds a Bowmore in their Whisky Advent Calendar: Day 17 as well as a Kilchoman in their Whisky Advent Calendar: Day 15. WhiskyFun has been busy with The Laphroaig Sessions, Part One, The Laphroaig Sessions, Part Two, The Laphroaig Sessions, Part Three and The Laphroaig Sessions, Part Four and last. Not whisky, but from Islay also comes gin, mentioned in Evanston: The Botanist; hyperbole

Of the 21st Annual Whisky Advocate Award: Lifetime Achievement one went to Islay, to Duncan McGillivray of Bruichladdich to be precise.

With Christmas rapidly approaching Ron writes about Beautiful Christmas Lights in Port Ellen. Peter of Writes of Way has been Wintering Out on Islay. For the Foody Lass December 2014 included a few meals on Islay.

A rather controversial topic at times are the Barnacle Geese, Ron shares New Islay Goose Management Strategy Announced, Bird Watch writes RSPB and WWT object to Barnacle Goose cull on Islay and Holywell Birding has thoughts about the Islay Goose Management Strategy.

Over to the more regular birdwatching and wildlife topics, the Islay Birds blog has out of place Eider Ducks, some Geese count numbers and a tale of a metal bird with people in them. On the INHT blog we can read about a Walk at Killinallan.

Not many pictures this week, Konrad has Snow Covered and Moonlit Paps of Jura, Isle of Jura and Winter Reflections at Loch Tarbert, Isle of Jura. Teresa shares moving pictures with an Immature Snow Bunting, Ardnave Point. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked the Port Charlotte from Gartbreck panorama, the Autumn evening mood at Loch Tarbert, Isle of Jura and RNLI lifeboat and Jura ferry in Port Askaig, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week. Depending on how much time I'll have next Sunday and how much Islay blogging happens over Christmas there might be another roundup next Sunday, otherwise it will be in the new year.

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