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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:26 am

I have recently run two tastings in Munich which were both very successful.

Bruichladdich is one of my favourite "all round" distilleries and in the first tasting I started with the WMD II.

I started with the Links IV in my second tasting.

Both these drams were extremely well received and were very high on everyone's favourites list.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:17 pm

Did you end up standing on the table, saying obscene things in Gaelic?

I was really sorry the lad was not in residence when I was in Islay, but I'm glad to hear that I will have a better chance of seeing him around Port Charlotte in the future. I still haven't asked him why he wants to beat Nick up!

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Just wondering.....

Postby Oiler_Kiwi99 » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:25 pm

Was Jim less than complimentary about any of the other Islay distilleries. I have it on good authority that he has been slgging off another of the Islay distilleries. Mind you in my experience this seems to be something I have encountered more than once...

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:43 pm

I concur that there is a spirit of conviviality amongst distilleries, and Islay ones especially. I have heard John MacLellan of Bunnahabhain saying snide things about "the golden boys on Loch Indaal", but that's John MacLellan--he has no qualms about saying what he thinks, and I don't think anyone resents him for it. (He's not the only one who thinks that way, either.) I wouldn't be surprised at a little sniping back and forth now and then, but I'd find any kind of serious slagging off rather shocking. Mind you, McEwan is given to fits of hyperbole, which can easily be misunderstood. But on the whole, I think everyone in Islay realizes that a rising tide floods all warehouses. Or something like that.

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Postby Aidan » Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:54 pm

Ganga wrote:To answer the questions,

Yes, we stood on the table and yelled aggressive things in Gaelic.

Jim was not derogatory of any Scotland...and wasn't specific about the Irish distilleries...something I found common among the Scottish distillers. Jim complimented Bowmore, not surprising after 38 years of service there. He noted that Ardbeg is currently the most heavily peated but Lagavulin is the smokiest. At least until the release of the "BEAST".

I'd be interested to hear what he said about Irish whiskey, although maybe it was not meant to be repeated.

I think some involved with Bowmore are not too pleased with some things he has said, but I don't know the specifics, so I don't even know if it's true.

I know a group went to Islay recently and said Jim Mc was in great form and very entertaining.

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Postby Aidan » Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:25 am

I thought that might be it, alright. It is part of the Scottish distillers code. i think.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:28 am

He'd hardly say anything bad about the product, since he made most of what is out there.

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Postby Lawrence » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:57 am

Jim gave a great tour of Bruichladdich this last August and the only people he seemed mad at were marketing types and those who have no regard for proper maturation. He mention one large company and said that they'd matur their whisky in plastic barrels if they could. He was in great form.

He dipped his finger into the running spirit in the spirit safe and made a cross on Nigels forehead and said "now go forth and spread the word of Bruichladdich!" I almost choked on mt glass of new make Port Charlotte I was laughing so hard. I don't think Nigel has washed his face since.

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