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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu May 13, 2004 6:31 pm

Anyone going to this on August 14 in Edinburgh?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu May 13, 2004 7:12 pm

A shame, I'm not there because I left Scotland allready by then...

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Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri May 14, 2004 3:02 pm

Hi Bruce ,
There will be a strong representation from the Wednesday Night chat there , just hope theres a sofa for Livvy !
It'll be the first year i'll have made it as it usually conicides with one of my trips to Islay .
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Postby susywong » Thu Aug 12, 2004 8:35 am

Not long to go now!

Bruce, you better ma ke sure you drop by the Douglas Laing stand and come say hello!

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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Aug 12, 2004 8:46 am

I take it you are working rather than drinking. :twisted:
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Postby susywong » Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:16 am

Yeah, i'll be working. Doesn't mean i can't sample some of the goodies the other stands have to offer tho... :wink:
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:04 am

How about Whisky Live?

Are you working at that as well?

At the whisky fringe, me and my mates will sing "If you hate Chris Sutton, clap your hands" to cheer you up! 8)
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Postby susywong » Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:15 am

Yeah, I'm working at Whisky Live too. You guys get to sample, while i have to work! Ach well, i can't complain tho, i'm really looking forward to both the fringe, and whisky live! :D
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Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Aug 12, 2004 5:26 pm

Plenty time for sampling in Dufftown next month.

Won't drive up the A9 though! :shock:

Are you at any events for tasting yourself?

If you see me throw a Douglas Laing bottling away, you know that the firm is in trouble.
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Postby susywong » Fri Aug 13, 2004 9:46 am

Can't wait for Dufftown, I'm going on the fiddich managers tour, and have lined up a few talks. Can't remember them at the moment, but i'll be making sure i get a few samples!! Can you believe it's only 6 weeks away!! :shock:
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:04 am

The manager's tour is great.

Watch out in Balvenie maltings if the kiln is on though.

You've got a Rosebank tasting, a Douglas Laing tasting and a Malts of Rothes tasting.

I'm on the Douglas Laing one. 8)

I would have been on the Rosebank one as well but you are just before Per Lovlie's 'last dram' session.

I once had two tasting sessions before going to the dregs party, felt alright and then found myself awake at about 5am, bolt upright with my contact lenses in all night.

That was the last time I did that. :lol:
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Aug 13, 2004 5:44 pm

But it's only 287 days till the proper festival ......
The Feis Ile !!!!
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Aug 13, 2004 6:27 pm

Never been to that one.

I'd like to visit Islay but I'm not sure if I want to go during the festival.

I'll have to wait until I get promoted at work. :lol:
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Aug 13, 2004 6:51 pm

You haven't lived until you've done Feis Ile !
4th in a row next year , accomodations booked all ready !
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Sat Aug 14, 2004 8:49 am

Will have to go to Feis Ile sometime, but not next year - I have something else in plan then.

But remember, there is such a thing as agreat dram without peat :wink:

One of the great things about the Speyside festival is that it's not just once a year :D

* Speyside festival, 4th time in a row*
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Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Aug 15, 2004 3:48 am

Any favourites from the event?

I bought a bottle of Provenance Mortlach 11yr old 46%.

Tyrconnel is a great Irish. Heaven Hill is a great bourbon. Pibroch 12yr is a very good Islay and Ardbeg Uigedal is outstanding.

Black Cuillin 8yr (wonder what that could be?) was cracking as well.

Glenmorangie Burgundy Wood was vile.
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Aug 15, 2004 4:04 pm

Hi Bruce ,
I thought the nectars on offer at the DTC stand stole the show !
The Invergordon 1965 was outstanding , a real beauty and the "Auld Reekie" was a great Islay , right up my street . On the whole the Indys impressed me and the distillery bottlings on offer were a disappointment , nothing special or out of the ordinary .
Keir done a great job on the arrangement of the whole day , this was the first event of this type i'd been to and i had a great day .
Nice chatting to a few familiar faces and meeting some new ones .

Nice to meet Susan too and her mad employer !!!
Didn't buy anything at the event but did pick up 250ml of CS 14yo Old Pulteney from a new shop on Victoria street called Demijohns , the bottles are filled from the casks while you wait , they also had a 5yo Benromach and a 14yo Caol Ila (both 40%) . This must be the start of a new craze as the new branch of The Whisky Shop next door has also started doing it (15yo Macallan , 8yo Ledaig and another i can't remember ) .
Still thinking of ordering an Invergordon...hmmm
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Postby susywong » Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:58 pm

Well whisky Fringe over for another year, and i had a blast. It was great to put some faces to names, and catch up with a few old friends!

I have to agree with you gordon, that Invergordon was amazing!!

Glad to hear you bought a bottle of Mortlach Bruce, it was kind of overshadowed by the Glen Ord at the fringe, but a cracking dram none the less!

See you all at whisky live i guess!!

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Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:05 pm

I knew there had to be a reason that I didn't get the Glen Ord.

That reason is that I am merely Bruce Crichton, minion at work, and not Michael Crichton, writer of many books that are made into movies. :( :roll:

Makes a note mentally - avoid drams that you have had before and stick to the ones that you have never had or haven't tried since Gandalf was clean shaven. It saves a lot of trouble at the end of the day.

The event was dominated, in my view, by the smaller fry of the whisky industry. I was already well familiar with most of the big boys' stuff, except for the outstanding Ardbeg Uigeadail and the excellent Jura Superstition.

Having the Irish and the bourbons that were there was a nice touch as well.
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Postby MAMS » Tue Aug 17, 2004 10:57 pm

I managed to make it along this year, the last two coincided with my other love of Football and I couldn't make it, I know which will be my priority next year though.

Favs at the show were the 21 yr old Port Finish Edradour and the 1979 Glenrothes Closely followed by the Ardbeg Uigedal and I also thought that the Peat Monster from Compass Box would be one that I'll be buying when it's released in September.

Can't wait til next year now.
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