The girl was Ragnhild and me and my mate were talking to her at the dregs party while you were getting plastered.
It's a wonder you're still alive.
A man called Geir saw you with not much colour in your face the following morning.
My mate (tall blond guy with glasses) and I were away home just after 10am.
Hope you had a good festival and maybe I'll see you in September.
p.s. What whiskies did you particularly enjoy and what ones did you take home?
We'll most certainly will be back this autumn, and look forward to seeing you.
My favourites was the Brora at Gavins tasting, the Eilian Dubh and most of the ones at the Springbank table.
We received some of the bottles of our Linkwood-cask while staying there. So we all (5 of us) had to bring 3 of the bottles back home to Norway. The rest (of the whisky Ragnhild and I brought home) was 3 bottles of Springbank Rum Wood (bought from SohoWhisky.com, cask strength bottlings of F&F Linkwood and Clyenlish, Glen Moray 1991 Mountain Oak and 1974 Managers Bottling, a Clyenlish 14yo F&F and a Signatory-bottling of Rosebank.
ps. Ragnhild says hello.
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The Tomintoul 10 yr old was the discovery of the festival and my mate and I bought a bottle each.
I also bought a Glengoyne 17 yr for £18 which was a steal.
As for the best of the rest, Springbank 100 proof is breathtakingly good with the biggest vanilla taste of all the whiskies I've ever had. Speyburn 25 yr old was great with a splash of water - it is tasteless at 62.5 % vol but was probably never meant to have been drunk neat. Just a drop and the flavour opens up markedly. The 10 yr old was another discovery. It has smoothed markedly in the last couple of years and Inver House told me that they have a new malt master working on it which has improved it no end.
The Eilean Dubh was excellent and certainly the best Tomatin I've ever had.
As always, my bucket was bone dry at the end of every tasting. Some things are a matter of professional pride! (Unlike the clown at the last dram that poured nearly everything away!)
Did buy a lot of stuff for other people though and I'll probably push the boat out a bit more in September.
Oh and tell Ragnhild that Stuart will be back in September 2005. He might even make next spring as well. Stuart is always good company at these events.
Unless you were with Mr Miller 24 hours a day, you can't know where he was apart from when you both happened to be at Chivas events - unless, of course, that is where you both were all the time!.
In over 5 years on WM, Mr Miller undoubtedly spent more time with a wider range of whisky producers than another other journalist in the UK.
I am sure that such luminaries as Richard Patterson, Andrew Symington, Iain Henderson and many others would vouch for
Mr Miller's commitment to the industry.
And we should all remember that without Mr Miller - and, or course, Mr Riley-Smith, there would be no WM and no forum like this.
In any case, I'm sure Mr. Miller is amply capable of defending himself.
ragsrobin wrote:BruceCrichton wrote:Hello Ragnhild.
Hey. How did you know it was me?
Having seen you two together, it's obvious what you think of Arve.
Plus obviously I know what your nickname is and your real name and I seem to be the only native English speaker you've met that can pronounce your name properly.
See you in September.
Was there in 2001. Drove up from Edinburgh, stayed at the Craigellachie Hotel, visited Fiona's shop in Dufftown, spent a couple of hours with David Urqhart at Gordon & McPhail, even got to the Walkers Shortbread factory.
En route visited the Edradour, Blair Atholl, Dalwhinnie, Tomatin and a couple of other distilleries. The manager at the Tomatin visitors centre complained that most of the visitors during the Festival were coach parties on week long trips from England, whose holiday included a visit either to a distillery or to a woollen mill! So not exactly dedicated whisky buffs.
Maybe that's where Speyside suffers a little against Islay - after all there can't be many people who go to Islay/Jura at Festival time for anything else but the whisky.
Sadly never had the opportunity to go back to Speyside - yet!
The advantage of a festival such as Speyside is of course the opporunity for many to just happend to come over it, when they aren't that interested in whisky. There hasn't been a festival yet that I havn't met someone who just happened to be in the area - and they of course gets taken good care of by the whiskybuffs, and hopefully they leave with a new interest for whisky.
Rudolph Hucker wrote:Maybe that's where Speyside suffers a little against Islay - after all there can't be many people who go to Islay/Jura at Festival time for anything else but the whisky.
I've never been to Islay but I like Speyside because there is something other than just whisky up there. Shortbread for a start!
And I've still to go down to Spey Bay and I've still to watch a falconry exhibition.
As for Tomatin, there surely aren't that many festival goers who go to Tomatin. Given the location of Tomatin, the bulk of it's visitors will be surely tourists by the coachload.
What has Moffat got to do with it? It is at least 150 miles from either Speyside or Islay. Did I miss something?
Tomatin will get bus parties for two reasons. It is only yards off the A9, which is a main artery to the Highlands, so the buses don't have to detour far. Second, it is at a "services" stop on the road, i.e. food, toilet, etc, so its not inconceivable that buses would be stopping anyway. It would not really be considered part of Speyside, given that its an hour from Dufftown.
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