Hi Whisky Lovers,
I thought I would post my comments on my visit to Islay.
I arrived at Port Ellen at 8 at night so didn't do much but enjoyed seeing a glimpse of the promised land (Ardbeg) from the ferry.
On my first day I decided to head to Bowmore, unfortunately there were no tours (due to extensive repairs) but they were putting on a video presentation and tasting (3 bowmores) instead, and its free, well done Bowmore! That was good and quite informative.
If you are planning a trip to Islay best to avoid July as that is when most distilerries close for repairs or due to staff holidays.
In the afternoon I took the bus round to Bruichladdie, a nice place and a good tour.
Also they were not shy handing out the drams after the tour which were taken straight from a cask in front of our eyes.
That night I walked along to view Lagavullin and Laphroig, really beautiful places.
The following day, cometh the master ARDBEG.
However I must say the tour and hospitality was a little dissapointing (Thank God there whisky is the best) there was no Jackie Thompson tour, instaed another girl.
Very much catered for someones first ever tour of a distillery. I did see Jackie Thompson (whisky magazine award winner) and order some drinks at the cafe and all I can say she wasn't an award winner with me that day.
It was great to see the Ardbeg distilerry for the first time and maybe I will go back in a couple of years.
Also I did sneak in to the old Port Ellen distillery and its in a mess, no chance of the old girl getting going again which is a big shame.
Overall impression of my visit to Islay was very good, I hope to see Cao Illa and Bunnaharbin next time.
Also my B&B was SUPERB and the owner was the manager at Ardbeg in the seventies.
If anyone wants to know the address etc. just leave a message.
Thanks for reading