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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Ryguy » Wed May 21, 2008 4:13 pm

les taylor wrote:
ryguy wrote:
les taylor wrote:Ryan how many bottles do you have? :)


Les, counting open and unopened bottles, I am up to 39.


AHH. Ryan my problem is that my bottles probably out number Mrs Les's shoes by 3 to 1. So I keep very quiet on that one. :o

It is the opposite for me, for now anyway.... I'm working hard to change that....:angel:
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby les taylor » Wed May 21, 2008 6:27 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
ryguy wrote:Shoes!! Don't get me started on shoes! My wife has so many shoes, that she could open a shoe store. Seriously, I'd guess the count is up to 150, and that may be on the low side :shock: :shock:


Is that 150 shoes or 150 pairs Ryan? Quite a difference if you are matching shoe for bottle.


Willie brilliant that brings my ratio down a bit. I must persuade Mrs Les to buy more shoes. :shock: I never thought I'd say that. But there's definite mileage there. :)
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Ryguy » Wed May 21, 2008 6:54 pm

Willie JJ wrote:
ryguy wrote:Shoes!! Don't get me started on shoes! My wife has so many shoes, that she could open a shoe store. Seriously, I'd guess the count is up to 150, and that may be on the low side :shock: :shock:


Is that 150 shoes or 150 pairs Ryan? Quite a difference if you are matching shoe for bottle.

150 Pairs Willie :shock: So I have a while before I'm even close to catching up.
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby WhiskyViking » Wed May 21, 2008 7:01 pm

A quick recap of the Feis Ile-bottlings:
Ardbeg - ?
Caol Ila - None
Bruichladdich - X4 Scottish Spirit (16 months old) 65%, price unknown
Bunnahabhain - 21yo Sherry Butts, £219
Lagavulin - 25yo Single Cask, £59
Laphroaig - Càirdeas (overaged QC + to casks 17yo), £40
Port Ellen - 27yo Single Cask, £99.99 (for sale at Caol Ila Distillery)
Bowmore - 8yo, £80
Kilchoman - Mini-set (1 month, 1yo and 2yo Scottish Spirit) and New Spirit Liqueur (Bramble & Honey)
Isle of Jura - Isle of Jura Elements (four different expressions: 8-19yo/£50-£150)
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Wed May 21, 2008 8:58 pm

WhiskyViking wrote:A quick recap of the Feis Ile-bottlings:
Ardbeg - ?
Caol Ila - None
Bruichladdich - X4 Scottish Spirit (16 months old) 65%, price unknown
Bunnahabhain - 21yo Sherry Butts, £219
Lagavulin - 25yo Single Cask, £59
Laphroaig - Càirdeas (overaged QC + to casks 17yo), £40
Port Ellen - 27yo Single Cask, £99.99 (for sale at Caol Ila Distillery)
Bowmore - 8yo, £80
Kilchoman - Mini-set (1 month, 1yo and 2yo Scottish Spirit) and New Spirit Liqueur (Bramble & Honey)
Isle of Jura - Isle of Jura Elements (four different expressions: 8-19yo/£50-£150)


The Lagavulin is a 1993 cask (15yo ) .
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Wed May 21, 2008 9:17 pm

WhiskyViking wrote:A quick recap of the Feis Ile-bottlings:

Bruichladdich - X4 Scottish Spirit (16 months old) 65%, price unknown

I'd be very surprised if this is right
I was told by the distillery that the reason they didn't do an Octomore was because of the "Futures" release , now if i remember rightly the X4 is also on the "Futures" , if i had an X4 "Futures" i wouldn't be very happy to find it released to others first......
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby WhiskyViking » Wed May 21, 2008 9:35 pm

Ok. Typo on the 25/15 there...

The X4-source is WhiskyFun/WhiskyCast - at the bottom of todays WhiskyFun:
Oh, and our Maniacal friend Mark Gillespie (also of whiskycast.com fame) just told us that according to Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich are releasing the X4 as the Festival Cask for Feis Ile next week (as British Spirit). That's the quadruple-distilled monster they produced 16 months ago, and it will be bottled at 65% ABV (down from 88% in the cask.) No smoking at Feis Isle this year!
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Wed May 21, 2008 9:41 pm

WhiskyViking wrote:Ok. Typo on the 25/15 there...

The X4-source is WhiskyFun/WhiskyCast - at the bottom of todays WhiskyFun:
Oh, and our Maniacal friend Mark Gillespie (also of whiskycast.com fame) just told us that according to Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich are releasing the X4 as the Festival Cask for Feis Ile next week (as British Spirit). That's the quadruple-distilled monster they produced 16 months ago, and it will be bottled at 65% ABV (down from 88% in the cask.) No smoking at Feis Isle this year!


Still be P*$$ed off if i had an X4 "Futures"......
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Thu May 22, 2008 11:56 am

Whisky Viking - nice list! Thats very handy.

Just wondering what other bottlings are only availible to buy on Islay? Such as Caol Ila at the distillery, the Bruichladdich Valinches?

Can you try the Valinches before you buy? If its true that the X4 is availiable it would be interesting to try it but I am not sure if I would like a full bottle.
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Thu May 22, 2008 12:22 pm

I just been browsing the Bruichladdich Website and can confirm this year's Valinch will be the X4! Also here is this year's open day itinarery:

Islay Festival 2008 - 24th May to 1st June.

Bruichladdich Open Day, Sunday 25th May

Gates Open 12.30 - Campbeltown Ceannloch Pipe Band March in to Open Festival

13.00 - 13.30 - Contraband

13.30 - 14.00 - Pipe band selection

14.00 - 14.30 - Maverick Angels

14.30 - 15.00 - Eddie Pollard

15.00 - 15.30 - Contraband

15.30 - 16.00 - Norma Munro

16.00 - 16.30 - Maverick Angels

16.30 - 17.00 - Robin Laing

17.00 - 18.00 - Maverick Angels

18.00 - Gates Closed.

Festival Valinch - X4 +1 65.4% Alc./Vol. - 500ml
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Queen of the Hebrides » Thu May 22, 2008 1:40 pm

For information - when I 'phoned the Maltings they told me things had been scaled back a bit this year - tours only, no dramming and no food either. But I could have got the wrong end of the stick ...

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby fishboy » Thu May 22, 2008 4:08 pm

Regarding the X4....

Does the decrease in percentage alcohol from 88% (or 92% depending on who you talk to) to 65.4% in 16 months sound like a lot?

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Thu May 22, 2008 5:51 pm

Queen of the Hebrides wrote:For information - when I 'phoned the Maltings they told me things had been scaled back a bit this year - tours only, no dramming and no food either. But I could have got the wrong end of the stick ...

:roll:


That's what i got told when i booked Mondays Tour .
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby bobbyb » Thu May 22, 2008 8:49 pm

Seemingly their was some trouble with a couple of visitirs
(I won't name their nationally) being drunk and abusive to the guides and fellow visitors,so it was decided to stop the dramming and food after the tour this year.
I was told this by some friends who were on said tour last year who did say it was pretty bad.
Strange 5 years I've been going and never met anybody being that drunk during the festival.
Hope to meet some of you at Jims master class or during the week.


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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Thu May 22, 2008 9:25 pm

bobbyb wrote:Seemingly their was some trouble with a couple of visitirs
(I won't name their nationally) being drunk and abusive to the guides and fellow visitors,so it was decided to stop the dramming and food after the tour this year.
I was told this by some friends who were on said tour last year who did say it was pretty bad.
Strange 5 years I've been going and never met anybody being that drunk during the festival.
Hope to meet some of you at Jims master class or during the week.


bobbyb


Bobby , looking forward to seeing you at Jims Masterclass , i'll be in either a Cream Polo Shirt or a bright Sunburst T-shirt .
I'm afraid i've witnessed several people worst for wear and not behaving as they should !
Again i'll not say their nationality.....
At the First festival we went to in 2002 someone actually got removed from Jims Masterclass for arguing with him !
Since then i've seen people rabbit all the way through Special Tours (one Ardbeg Midnight and one Bunnahabhain Warehouse ) and in 2005 my wife was actually reduced to tears by one drunk on Ardbeg day !
I will say that all of these people were not from the UK !
If they can't handle the whisky they shouldn't touch it !

BTW where are you staying ? I'm based in Port Ellen .
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby bobbyb » Thu May 22, 2008 9:54 pm

Hi spirit, shame about the wifes day being ruined at Ardbeg.
I will be staying up the road from you on the 'O' @ cragabusss, as you will know you have to book it every year when we leave or you will loose it.
It's not that far! as I remember walking in the pouring rain from a dawn tour of Ardbeg a couple of years ago,from Port Ellen, yes I was bl***y nackered when I got there.
Will be wearing last years first cut T shirt as it's always sunny on laddie day!
Lagavulin's open day has improved tremendously in the last couple of years,some of the cask they open up are raelly superb,with pinkie being a fantastic host.

checked out your web site very good
a) black sabbath-bit heavy for me ACDC,Purple or Led Zep do it for me.

b) catherine tate? to LOUD for me, Oh and I prefer the sidekick to be female as well.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Thu May 22, 2008 10:01 pm

Hi Bobby ,
I remember that morning......
Picked up two lads on the road along to Ardbeg , they were drenched !I remember someone cycled from Bruichladdich to be at that tour !!!
Jackies Stillroom Bacon (smoked!) Sarnies were great that morning (there's a video of her doing them on my site i think.....) .
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Thu May 22, 2008 10:10 pm

5 Day Forecast looking good for Saturday , Sunday and Monday , Sunny , sunny , sunny !
Mind you it's always sunny on Laddie Day.......
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Thu May 22, 2008 11:31 pm

What is it about alcohol that makes people behave like idiots? I thought with it being a whisky festival that it would attract a more mature and sensible crowd.

Couldn't get a place on Jim's masterclass but got a place on the second masterclass. Will both formats be the same?

Only a few days left to go! Very excited!
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby sampaiocaleia » Fri May 23, 2008 1:06 am

I'll be in Germany during the Feis Ile 2008. Do you known where to buy the new X4?
http://thewhiskyscapesociety.blogspot.com/2008/05/bruichladdich-x4-perilous-whisky-single.html
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri May 23, 2008 6:52 am

Newbie wrote:
Couldn't get a place on Jim's masterclass but got a place on the second masterclass. Will both formats be the same?


The second one is done by the Marketing Dept , Andrew Gray i think .......

sampaiocaleia wrote:I'll be in Germany during the Feis Ile 2008. Do you known where to buy the new X4?


Valinches are only available from the Distillery , they don't post out and they don't reserve any for later . Bound to be some on E-bay within the week.......
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Sat May 24, 2008 3:15 pm

Well we're not there yet, so what do you expect :wink:
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby adogranonthepitch » Sat May 24, 2008 8:07 pm

I jumped on the plane at Glasgow Airport to Islay this morning (after buying a ticket from a tout for GBP500) .. landed .. paid GBP50 to a taxi driver to take me to Lagavulin to note there was a queue at the distilery shop of 5 or 6 people.

I couldnt be ar$ed to wait .. so told the taxi driver to turn around and take me back to the mainland.... via the ferry.

Worth the GBP600 in taxi ride. It was like some Russion supermarket from the 1970's .. I dont do queuing!
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat May 24, 2008 8:38 pm

Port Ellen Calling , Port Ellen Calling.....
Didn't go to Laga Day , the calling from down the road was to strong , picked up some supplies for the week-end......
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Who's this guy who's on the side of the Ren box from Newcastle?

Met an extremely nice guy from Newark at the ferry terminal , had a nice natter with him but he doesn't half keep some dodgy company , i think he was a vacuum salesman.....

Day to day reports in the festival Section of the Spirit of Islay Site....
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby adogranonthepitch » Sat May 24, 2008 9:25 pm

lol!
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun May 25, 2008 8:26 am

It's Day two in the Feis Ile Household , Shortly the Housemates will be making their way to Jims place to face their yearly challenge , what will Jim have in store for them this year ?









Only 362 Days till Feis Ile 2009.....
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby les taylor » Sun May 25, 2008 8:33 am

Enjoy the day Gordon. Have you have time reports later would be good. :)
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun May 25, 2008 8:52 am

les taylor wrote:Enjoy the day Gordon. Have you have time reports later would be good. :)


Les , i'm posting (or hoping too :dead: ) daily reports on the festival part of my site .




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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Tue May 27, 2008 12:08 pm

The last couple of days have been a bit hazy with 1000 miles driven in 2 days and very little sleep! But fear not, my mind may be numbed with sleep depravation but I will endeavour to give you my account of Feis Ile 2008!

Sunday - Bruichladdich Day

Fantastic weather, great seafood (islay oysters - yum!), whisky wasn't bad either!

Lots of people queuing up for the X4+1 Valinch, was disappointed the other Valinches I wanted were not for sale. After a tour of the distillery with Lyn McEwan, who is extremely passionate about Bruichladdich, she convinced me to buy one.

X4+1 - has matured extremely well for a 1 year old! No trace of feints and aromas associated with new spirit but still rough around the edges. Now I know why they bottled at 66%, powerful kick from the alcohol and no water available to water it down! Fruits and fizzy lemonade.

Went to the sales team masterclass where we tried a range of Murray McDavid Ace'd whiskies.

Clynelish 1995 - 12 yo Bourbon/Madeira/Sherry
Glen Scotia 1992 - 15 yo Bourbon/Rum
Highland Park 1989 - 17yo Bourbon Grenache Blanc
Caol Ila 1991 - 17yo Bourbon/Chenin Blanc
Macallan 1990 - 18yo Bourbon/Chateau Haut Brion
Bunnahabhain 1976 - 31 Fino Sherry (not Ace'd)

All the whiskies were very good, but the star of the show was the Bunna! Very complex with hints of sweetness and brine with a smooth/oily body. The chap next to me failed to turn up and since nobody wanted his dram of Bunna...

..well it would have been criminal to waste it :wink:
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby les taylor » Tue May 27, 2008 1:07 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
les taylor wrote:Enjoy the day Gordon. Have you have time reports later would be good. :)


Les , i'm posting (or hoping too :dead: ) daily reports on the festival part of my site .




Still 362 days till Feis Ile 2009......



Gordon a really good read so far. Thanks very much. Wish I could be there. :)
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby fishboy » Wed May 28, 2008 10:18 am

Willie JJ wrote:
fishboy wrote:Regarding the X4....

Does the decrease in percentage alcohol from 88% (or 92% depending on who you talk to) to 65.4% in 16 months sound like a lot?

:shock:


Not once you realise that they've poured a lot of water into it for bottling. Shame IMO.


If they have reduced it then you're right Willie, its a real shame. I tasted it from the cask when it was around 16 weeks old - Jim wouldn't let me add any water at all just to get the whole experience. Even at that very young age I thought it was interesting and very promising. It had a wonderful mouthfeel and had none of the burn I was anticipating. Does anyone have any tasting notes on the valinch bottling?

It's a shame I won't be able to get my hands on a bottle as I'd like to see how its coming on, but unless I change jobs its next to impossible for me to get to Islay for the festival. I certainly won't be resorting to eBay:

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Wed May 28, 2008 1:27 pm

The X4 is a fascinating experiment, but I don't think its quite ready yet! I am sure it will be ready in a few years.

Second part of my Feis Ile 2008 report!

Monday - Caol Ila, Laphroaig, Lagavulin & Ardbeg

The alarm was set for a 9:00am start at Caol Ila to pick up the single cask Port Ellen, was woken up at 7:30 :cry:
Beautiful day so we headed off to Caol Ila early. Luckily we did as there was over 100 people there already! By 8:30 they were turning people away! Cheers went up as the first guy proudly paraded his bottle Port Ellen. They share staff between Caol Ila and Lagavulin and they doubted if any of the single cask Laga was left.

Quick dash to Lagavulin and I procured one of the last bottles of the single cask! To Laphroaig!!!

We missed our morning tour at Lahproaig and couldn't make the afternoon one as we're expected at Ardbeg - drat! We go around taking photos and unexpectedly bump into the end of the morning tour. So we stuck along :wink: Good thing we did as at the filling house we got to sample some new make direct from the cask!

Laphroaig new make 63.5% - initially the feinty, sweaty taste associated with new make with a blast of extreme peat after a few seconds in the mouth - fantastic stuff!

Infact so many people turned up that they organized an impromptu tour - very glad they did as the tour was fantastic. Best part was the maltings and the peating kilns. When we got to the filling house all the barrels were gone!!! Luckily we tried the new make earlier! To Ardbeg!

Got to Ardbeg 30 mins before our tour, quickly ordered at the Old Kiln Cafe before bumping into Gordon (spirit of islay), nice guy wished we had more time to chat. The Ardbeg tour was the best tour of the festival. The content of Laphroaigs was better but the knowledge of the young man who led us around was astounding! Learned alot about whisky production and the secrets of Ardbeg! The drams at the end were good, tried the Uigeadail and Renaissance, then went shopping :D

Uigeadail - The sweetness of the sherry coming through immediately on the palate, almost too sweet, before the peat comes through to rescue it. After a few more sips it becomes less sweet and the fruit and the peat becomes more balanced.

Renaissance - Drier than the Uigeadail, the citrus fruits are less pronounced and more in sync with the malt and the peat. Beautifully balanced with a lingering after taste of smoke. Simply Brilliant!

Stocked up on my Ardbeg supplies and off to the ferry!

This has been an amazing two days with great people, whisky and an once in a lifetime experience! Would I return? Right now I would say no, as the journey is extremely taxing and my finances took a huge battering! But by 2009 I am sure I would have forgotten all about these things :wink:
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 28, 2008 1:42 pm

Today is my first day back at work sadly after a trip over to the Feis. I was there Sunday - Monday and needed yesterday to recover!!

Sunday

Top day! Ferry arrived into Port Ellen to a lovely heat. The sun was shining, a slight wind but nothing to put us off the day ahead.

Went to Port Charlotte Hotel to drop off our stuff then headed to the Bruichladdich Open Day. Superb day, lots of nice people chatting away, lots and lots of tourists from all over the world adding to the atmosphere.

Have to give credit to the band - Maverick Angels. Superb!! Look forward to getting hold of their CD somehow, does anyone know the guys? They were at the PCHotel on Sun night playing a wee bit in the bar aswell.

After a few hours we nipped along to Bowmore but nothing was happening there. Picked up this years bottling and headed back to the Open Day.

Got a couple of Valinch after standing in a massive queue, filled up the bottles myself!! Think my mate was after a job as he filled in for the girl labelling whilst she went for a fag!!


Monday

Caol Ila was the first stop of the day. Lovely drive up, sun beaming down and not a cloud in the sky. Being new to the Feis, i duffed this one as by the time we got there the queue was massive!! The girl came out counting those in line and said there was only 67 left with about 100 infront of me. Supposedly, out of the 200 only 170 went to the public as staff reserved 30 of them. We decided to leave as there was no point hanging about. I left my details though asking anyone selling one for SENSIBLE money to get in touch!! lol!! Fat chance of that me thinks!!

After Caol Ila we came back down the coast and stopped off at Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Have to say, Laphroaig is one of the nicest distilleries i have been in. Great little beach which the dog loved to bits.

Have to say credit to the guys serving the customers in the shops. All friendly and greeted you with a smile. Got some good banter with the girls up at Ardbeg and managed to get me a Corryvreckan too after some negiotiating!! Happy Days!!!

The island is such a lovely place to visit! Im going to get booked up for next year asap. The part i loved the most was that when you drove around the island, all the locals wave in passing. Something you just dont see in many other places in the world, nevermind Scotland.

Heres to Feis2008 and to Feis 2009!!

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby corbuso » Wed May 28, 2008 1:48 pm

FeisIslay wrote:Monday

Caol Ila was the first stop of the day. Lovely drive up, sun beaming down and not a cloud in the sky. Being new to the Feis, i duffed this one as by the time we got there the queue was massive!! The girl came out counting those in line and said there was only 67 left with about 100 infront of me. Supposedly, out of the 200 only 170 went to the public as staff reserved 30 of them. We decided to leave as there was no point hanging about. I left my details though asking anyone selling one for SENSIBLE money to get in touch!! lol!! Fat chance of that me thinks!


I was in the queue since 8h15 and there was probably 20 behind me who managed to get one bottle too.
Arrived back yesterday from Islay and got a very nice day.
Anyway, I will try to post progressively my reports of the first day on Islay on my website (http://www.whisky-news.com) starting tonight.
Gordon, It was a pleasure meeting you again in Islay and I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your stay.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Wed May 28, 2008 3:36 pm

Nice Corbuso, I was talking to Gordon at the Old Kiln and he mentioned that someone took his bottle to get signed at Port Ellen maltings - was that you by any chance?

Unlucky you missed out FeisIslay, I wasn't planning to arrive until 9am but luckily the fates sent an angel our way!
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