Sail Around Islay “Let’s Sail Around Islay this weekend” two of my lifelong friends said. It seemed like a good idea on Monday of this week. However, I am writing this blog on Saturday morning having been drifting off the Mull of Kintyre for all of last night with no wind. Our pledge was that we …

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The Rugby World Cup 2015 The Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter finals are in sight. Some teams have been consigned to going no further in these finals. We have seen some great games and seen some upsets; the biggest upset so far must be Japan’s humbling of the Springboks. With the rugby world cup in Japan …

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Arran Smugglers’ Edition Hands up – I am biased towards Isle of Arran Distillers. The reasons for this are detailed in a previous blog about this wonderful distillery on the Isle of Arran. That blog can be found here. Isle of Arran Distillers really do craft their new expressions and add considerable value through great …

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RWC2015 I’m sure you’ll be aware that RWC2015 stands for “Rugby World Cup 2015” – which is now in full flow. There has been a surprise result already; the mighty Springboks were humbled by Japan (1000-1 outsiders to win the World Cup in some quarters) in a very exciting game, with a winning margin of …

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Whisky in Movies and TV You’ll have been sitting in the cinema or at home on the sofa and the movie or TV programme you’re watching will feature a bottle of whisky; it sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the bland “props”. With today’s more relaxed product placement rules, the whisky will be recognisable …

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Whisky Extremes The mighty water of life is far reaching in this world. I recall having a dram many years ago with the owner of a world famous distillery. His research showed that their whisky brand was on the shelf of more than 95% of all the bars in the world. So I then thought …

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Obscure Whisky Facts You may know the impressive facts about whisky that are in the mainstream; exports generate £3.95 billion for the UK (£125 every second), 28 bottles are shipped overseas each second, 20 million casks of whisky are maturing in Scottish warehouses, 40,000 jobs within the UK are supported by the industry, etc, etc …

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Islay Single Malt Whisky Renowned throughout the world, Islay Single Malt Whisky has a unique character versus other single malt whiskies; they are arguably the world’s most distinct and full-flavoured single malt whiskies. These complex Scotch whiskies are noted for their smokey characters and tones of the Atlantic Ocean which laps / batters (!) the shores of Islay. …

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Edinburgh International Book Festival If you’re visiting Edinburgh for the Festival, don’t forget to have a look in at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It is set in a specially created tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The Book Festival offers something for just about every age and every …

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