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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby martin grant » Wed May 21, 2008 2:22 pm

Only kidding FeisIslay.

The distillery have been watching orders and doing their best to limit everyone to just one bottle.
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby TheTross » Wed May 21, 2008 2:38 pm

FeisIslay wrote:A man can only have so much whisky in his collection before the girl starts to moan about the space its taking up!! :)


Ah, yes, but you could always counter with the "HOW many shoes do you need?!" line :wink:
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Ryguy » Wed May 21, 2008 2:58 pm

TheTross wrote:
FeisIslay wrote:A man can only have so much whisky in his collection before the girl starts to moan about the space its taking up!! :)


Ah, yes, but you could always counter with the "HOW many shoes do you need?!" line :wink:


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:
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby les taylor » Wed May 21, 2008 3:27 pm

Ryan how many bottles do you have? :)
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Ryguy » Wed May 21, 2008 3:38 pm

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


Les, counting open and unopened bottles, I am up to 39.
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby les taylor » Wed May 21, 2008 4:01 pm

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
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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 Willie JJ » Wed May 21, 2008 6:22 pm

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.
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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 Willie JJ » Thu May 22, 2008 12:04 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
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......

I agree entirely Gordon. If it is true that X4 is to be released. then the logic applied to the decision not to bottle an FI Octomore has just been ignored here.
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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 Willie JJ » Thu May 22, 2008 1:00 pm

Newbie wrote: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:


Where did you see that on the site?

Edit:
Never mind, I've found it. :thumbsup:
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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 Willie JJ » Thu May 22, 2008 8:54 pm

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.
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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 Willie JJ » Sat May 24, 2008 1:45 pm

Gordon and others from the gang will be in the middle of the Lagavulin open day right now.








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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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