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Islay Festival Day Six: Bowmore & Port Ellen

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Jeepers, these tastings just keep getting earlier and earlier!  The alarm goes off at 7.30 and we’re blearily making tea and filling bowls of sugar puffs before leaving at 8.45 to our first tasting at…

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Islay Festival Day Five: Ardbeg and Laphroaig

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Day 5 –there’s no way a Chinchilla can play drums like that…. After shaking the bed out to check for any errant sand fleas that might have escaped the heel of a brogue the night before,…

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Islay Festival Day Four: Caol Ila

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Day Four –  Shame, Sunsets and Sandfleas Today was all about Caol Ila.  After watching Newcastle and ‘Boro crash out from the Premiership on Sunday night we were in high spirits on the way up…

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Islay Whisky Festival: Day Three – Bruichladdich

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The weather had improved incredibly after Saturday’s wash out, so onwards to the Bruichladdich open day. Speaking to Jim McEwan the night before, the last 8 years of festivals have remained sunny for the distillery’s…

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Islay Festival Day Two: Lagavulin & Ardbeg

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The 6.30 wake up call resonated through our ears like plates being dropped in a restaurant; initial shock followed by reluctant applause.  But you get on with enjoying your lot and pay your bill at…

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Islay Festival 2009: Day One

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Islay Day One Day 1- Well, this is it. Over 6 months of planning and many excited emails, the 22nd of May has arrived – our first day on the trek towards Islay and 2009’s…

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Tasting Notes: Suntory Hibiki 12 Years Old

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Right, time is cracking on on Friday afternoon, so I’ll make this brief.  After a splendid tasting by Suntory at TWE Vinopolis on Wednesday night I was rather disappointed that the 12 year-old Hibiki (which…

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Diageo Announces Islay Festival Bottlings 2009

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This just into my inbox: “To celebrate this year’s Islay Festival of Malt & Music on 23-30 May, Diageo is once again making available two special Festival editions of its Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies….

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Tasting: Old Bothwell Port Ellen 1982 Cask 2729

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You never know what you’re going to get with Port Ellen – it’s remarkable how many different styles of malt the distillery was capable of.  I’ve tried long-aged austere, lemony beauties; young bourbon casks with enough delicate complexity…

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Port Askaig: New Single Islay Malt Range

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Very exciting developments here at TWE Towers, as our sister company Speciality Drinks Ltd has launched a new range of Single Islay Malts! Here’s the press release: “The single malts of Islay are arguably Scotland’s…

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Tasting: New Laphroaig 25 yo Cask Strength

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I only got a small olfactory glimpse of this one as I had to share a sample with two fellow attendees at the Laphroaig tasting in Albannach I told you about on Monday.  Unfortunately, over-attendance at a previous…

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Tasting: New Laphroaig 18 Year Old

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a Laphroaig tasting held at Albannach (a posh whisky bar in Trafalgar Square in London).  I’m not often invited to this sort of event as…

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Bruichladdich Octomore / Ardbeg Supernova Tasting

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To be honest, peating levels shouldn’t be a competition.  “My ppm is bigger than yours” sounds pretty ridiculous however you dress it up.  This sort of thing might be construed as macho willy-waving and not…

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Tasting: Hanyu Ten of Clubs Japanese Malt

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Okay, cutting it fine to get this out on time, but I’m determined – so here we go (this might look familiar to readers of the last post): Introducing (drum roll, please) Hanyu Distillery –…

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Tasting: Hanyu Five of Spades Japanese Malt

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Okay, I know it’s not like me to blog on consecutive days (or even twice in a week , let’s face it), but I made a promise yesterday and I’m going to try and be…

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Exclusive: New Douglas Laing Provenance Packaging

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Gadzooks, has it really been so long since my last post?  Apologies, it has simply flown here at TWE towers, where I managed to take home my Supernova before doing my notes with water, then…

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Ardbeg Supernova: Tasting Notes and Pictures!

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Sorry for the delay posting this, folks – you know what it’s like when you come back to work from holiday.  It’s taken me all week just to catch up on my regular TWE stuff. …

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Be Glenmorangie's 17th Man of Tain!

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Hello everyone, and first of all can I say a big Thank You for all your contributions to last week’s Supernova / Octomore post, which has provoked a fascinating exchange of views in the comments section. Now,…

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