Feis Ile 2008

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby corbuso » Wed May 28, 2008 4:43 pm

Newbie wrote: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?

That was me, this is correct ;-) So I you see a single cask bottling of Port Ellen containing a few signatures on e-bay, then you know that this bottle has been stolen.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Thu May 29, 2008 1:51 am

Its unfortunate that we didn't meet up in the queue and have a chat Corbuso. I was chasing Jim McEwan around all day trying to get him to sign my Valinch, in the end I think he simply ran out of excuses and had to sign it! He thinks I'd probably sell it on ebay - but theres no chance of that!

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Thu May 29, 2008 9:41 am

corbuso wrote:Gordon, It was a pleasure meeting you again in Islay and I hope that you will enjoy the rest of your stay.

Corbuso


Hi Patrick ,
it was a pleasure seeing you again !
Hope you enjoyed Mickeys Tour , we watched you go by as we were sunning ourselves on the Barrel Chairs , We've got Mickey this afternoon . We're having a ball here , certain events make this festival and we had 2 of them yesterday !
Lagavulin Warehouse in the morning , Willie seemed to enjoy this one........especially the people going to him "would you like to finish our 1966 Lagavulin ?" :iwbrnt:
Then we had Johns Warehouse Tour at Bunnahabhain in the afternoon , Bunnie do some cracking drams and shame on anyone who doesn't venture past the 12/18/25yo !

Full report in the Festival 2008 section of http://www.spiritofislay.net
358 days till Feis Ile 2009.......

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby corbuso » Thu May 29, 2008 10:54 am

Spirit of Islay wrote:
Hi Patrick ,
it was a pleasure seeing you again !
Hope you enjoyed Mickeys Tour , we watched you go by as we were sunning ourselves on the Barrel Chairs , We've got Mickey this afternoon . We're having a ball here , certain events make this festival and we had 2 of them yesterday !

Then we had Johns Warehouse Tour at Bunnahabhain in the afternoon , Bunnie do some cracking drams and shame on anyone who doesn't venture past the 12/18/25yo !

Full report in the Festival 2008 section of http://www.spiritofislay.net
358 days till Feis Ile 2009.......

I have seen on your website that you have enjoyed the Corryvrekan as much as I did ;-)
The Tour with Mickey was excellent. We spent 1 h in the distillery and 1h in the warehouse chatting. The Ardbeg 1975 sherry sample was excellent, in the same league as the former Feis Ile single cask bottlings.
I was last year at the warehouse tour in Bunnah with John and I can only agree with you. They have some craking Bunnah, much better than their regular range. In particular, I had fond memories of the sister cask used for the Bunnah Anniversary bottling.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby peatjunkie » Thu May 29, 2008 11:24 am

Hi guys

I was in the same line to pick up a bottle
8 people in front of me the last bottle was handed out

If anybody want's to part with his bottle and cash in send me a pm

Geert

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby corbuso » Thu May 29, 2008 1:41 pm

peatjunkie wrote:Hi guys

I was in the same line to pick up a bottle
8 people in front of me the last bottle was handed out

If anybody want's to part with his bottle and cash in send me a pm

Geert


Hi Geert,
You flew to Islay on that day is it correct? A friend of mine did you the queue to get an extra bottle for me, unfortunately he was just behind you and did not get his bottle.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri May 30, 2008 6:02 pm

Was down at Bunnahabhain this morning , apart from the blending class that i was doing (great fun!) , got to try the 21yo Festival bottling . Not as good as last years imho , definitely not worth £200 , also got to talk to Alison from marketing , at least she had read the e-mails that were forwarded to her , she appreciated my point of view about the price and took aboard (i hope) a few suggestions , like we want more Bunnie ! I also know Willie had a wee word with her and a few others i gather .
We'll just have to wait and see......

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby enzot » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:55 am

Spirit of Islay wrote:Was down at Bunnahabhain this morning , apart from the blending class that i was doing (great fun!) , got to try the 21yo Festival bottling . Not as good as last years imho , definitely not worth £200 , also got to talk to Alison from marketing , at least she had read the e-mails that were forwarded to her , she appreciated my point of view about the price and took aboard (i hope) a few suggestions , like we want more Bunnie ! I also know Willie had a wee word with her and a few others i gather .
We'll just have to wait and see......


Hi Spirit of Islay

I've really enjoyed your daily reports from the Feis Ile 08.
You say £200 is too much for the Bunnahabhain festival bottle but can you imagine Ardbeg releasing a 21 Y.O with only 512 bottles available ?
Just look at the hysteria caused by the Corryvreckan release and that was 5000 bottles.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:56 pm

Hi Enzo,
The Marketing Dept (and a few others who have talked about festival bottlings on various forums) have lost sight of what a festival bottling is , it's a momento / reminder of the event , something to take home to remind you of the event and something that shouldn't be too expensive as people have already spent a lot of money to get to the place .
Everyone who tried this Malt that i know said the same thing , lovely dram , not as good as last years , way too expensive .
Ardbeg did release a few 1975's a couple of years ago (2005 ?)for the festival at £180 a bottle if i remember rightly , they were 29/30yo , i didn't buy them they were too expensive !
Before E-bay rose it ugly head and Marketing decided they wanted a piece of the action the festival bottlings were excellent value for money......
here's a few examples :-
1965 35yo Bunnahabhain £95 (drunk it!)
1966 35yo Bunnahabhain £125 (drinking it !)
1963 40yo Bunnahabhain £195 (didn't buy one too expensive) .
1997 6yo Bunnahabhain Moine £60 (Drinking it)
12yo Port wood Finish Bunnahabhain £60 ( not touched it yet but will )
14yo PX Finish Bunnahabhain £60 (drinking one , one for the future)
1990 Bunnahabhain Oloroso cask £95 ( not touched it yet but will )

Ardbegs offerings:-
1976 25yo Cask 2390 £70 ( Drunk one , another to go....)
1976 25yo Cask 2398 £100 ( Drunk one , another to go....)
after this the prices went silly on the 75's in 2005.

Bunnahabhain were the first to introduce a festival bottling in 2001 , since then the rest have followed , i think it's slightly unfair to compare Bunnahabhain and Ardbeg bottlings , Bunnahabhain doesn't have the speculators chasing bottles the way Ardbeg does , it's not as popular , but i still think the BSD has dropped one almighty clanger with this bottling , Below the price of the 25yo O.b. and i would have one sitting in front of me !

The price won't put me off Bunnahabhain but i think what they've done (BSD Marketing not the distillery) could be more negative for them than positive .

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:33 pm

Wow some of those bunna's sound amazing! Especially the prices for the 35 year olds, if they had something like that I would have snapped them up.

I've said in the past that prices are getting a bit ridculous for certain whiskies. For festival bottlings they sell direct from the distillery and as such I think they should be able to offer a wholesale/discounted price for the loyal customer who has managed to make it to Feis Ile and has supported the distillery in the past.

A good example of this is Diageo with the single cask 27 year old Port Ellen bottling. They could have released this at £300 and it would have sold out. They could have released it at the same price as the annual releases (£115), but they didn't and released it at a very decent price of £100!
Good going guys :thumbsup:

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby enzot » Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:18 pm

I agree with most of your comments Spirit.
I managed to get a few of last years Feis Ile bottles.

Ardbeg Mor
Laphroaig 1989 17 Y.O.
Lagavulin 1993 Single cask
Port Charlotte First cut
Bunnahabhain 16 Y.O.

All excellent value.

As to this years bottles I only managed to get the Laphroaig from their website.I'd love one of the Port Ellen bottles....none on e bay...yet!

P.S. I've seen one of the Bunnahabhain 16 Y.O bottles on sale for £450 from a well known dealer.

Cheers
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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby vitara7 » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:00 pm

well, i was over for the festival and got a few bottles, i was one of them in the queue for the port ellen, didnt go and start queueing the night before like some well known whisky person did, but got one. also, on the PE theres more than 200 bottles as i know someone in the queue i was talking showed me his bottle number 220.

did have a look out for a few faces, but never seen any, think i might have seen gordon at the bruichladdich day, but wasnt sure, and didnt want the red neck of asking, only to be told it wasnt :P

being honest, its my 5th festival, and i dont think ill be back next year, this is the first year ive not booked the accomidation at the end for the next. the reason being, as someone picked up on in a previous post is that, i enjoy getting the festival bottles, but when you can buy them online whats the point, save yourself a journey. as i recall, when the festival first started, the idea behind the bottles, was to get folk to the island, to put some money into the local encomomy and that, but now, youcan get them even of the distillery web site, ie laphroaig.

also, with a few folk stepping down from the committe, i thought maybe the effort wasnt there this year, take the festival guide as an example, much poorer than previous years, and from talking to locals, that was their veiw too. im not saying i wont be back to islay, i enjoy the island, if i do go itll be when the festivals not on, and maybe in a couple of years or so, i may try the festival again.

on a seperate note, went to the machrie two night for dinner, wow, the food was rubbish compaired to every time id been in it before.

On a plus note, good to see the port ellen hotel is no more, and their making progress with the new building on the site.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:24 pm

Would've liked to have seen you Vitara7 , shame you didn't ask (if it was me....) .
You've got a lot of fair points there , haven't been to the Machrie for a meal for a while so can't comment on that but i know you've said to me in the past how good there food is !
On the food front i can comment on these .......
Port Ellen Curry Place - Probably the most expensive takeaway we've had and one of the worst , we threw most of it away !
Bridgend Hotel - great food , good staff , but no atmosphere at all in the Restaurant .
Port Charlotte Hotel - Great Bar meal but the prices are starting to creep up .
An tigh Seinnse - Fantastic Bar meals and they've still got the 1990 Bunnie at £11 a shot !
Didn't bother trying the White Hart Hotel , still can smell the fried food from last years visit.......

I heard that they weren't doing a guide this year so was surprised to see the folded sheet but it was a bit of a waste of time .

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:30 pm

Gordon - I'm sorry you didn't get a bottle of the 1963 40yo Bunnahabhain. I hope you have had the chance to try it, though. I shelled out for a dram at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre and was really surprised by the taste - dry, smoky, peaty. Plenty of other interesting flavours going on (as I recall - and as you'd expect in a 40yo whisky) but very much a taste of a different era. The price was high, but compared favourably to some other 40yos I could mention.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:50 pm

Nick Brown wrote:Gordon - I'm sorry you didn't get a bottle of the 1963 40yo Bunnahabhain. I hope you have had the chance to try it, though. I shelled out for a dram at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre and was really surprised by the taste - dry, smoky, peaty. Plenty of other interesting flavours going on (as I recall - and as you'd expect in a 40yo whisky) but very much a taste of a different era. The price was high, but compared favourably to some other 40yos I could mention.


I haven't had a chance Nick but it sounds wonderful !
I've thoroughly enjoyed the other 1960's Bunnies and i have to say the Auld Acquaintance is my Favourite .

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby sampaiocaleia » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:19 pm

I can't take it no more!!!!.
Finally the Islay Festival 08, as finished!!.
I known, I known, ....the envy is one of the seven deadly seens!!!.
But I can't take it no more!!!.
Next year You'll see!!!!

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Newbie » Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:27 pm

For those who missed out on Feis Ile here is a taster of what you missed!

http://www.whiskyfun.com/

Check out the Caol Ila picture below the Port Ellen tasting notes. In case your wondering I am the 81st guy in the queue :wink:

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby enzot » Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:47 pm

One of the Feis Ile Port Ellens has finally popped up on e bay but I think the seller is totally off his (or her) rocker.

Starting bids at £698.With a reserve.

Enzo...

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:49 am

enzot wrote:One of the Feis Ile Port Ellens has finally popped up on e bay but I think the seller is totally off his (or her) rocker.

Starting bids at £698.With a reserve.

Enzo...


I know of someone who has already turned down £1000 for one......... :shock:

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:33 am

You again, tout?

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:34 am

Nick Brown wrote:You again, tout?


Tout? Hardly!

Sadly i never managed to get my hands on one of these or else i really would be laughing in Nicks glory!! Im guessing you never got one of those either Nick, not doing very well are you son.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:01 am

For those who haven't been following the progress on Collector's Corner, Feis Islay is a whisky tout who buys up stocks of limited edition whisky and then tries to sell it for vastly inflated profit. He has been buying up stocks of a certain bottle, hyping up the value on these boards (and probably on ebay, where he may well be the customer who is buying up all the stock) and then trying to flog the whisky here. He cites the high prices paid on ebay as proof of the whisky's long term investment potential, but since he is the one who is paying all these high prices it makes one wonder...

He has no interest in whisky - he is just here (by his own admission) to make a fast buck.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:15 pm

Nick Brown wrote:For those who haven't been following the progress on Collector's Corner, Feis Islay is a whisky tout who buys up stocks of limited edition whisky and then tries to sell it for vastly inflated profit. He has been buying up stocks of a certain bottle, hyping up the value on these boards (and probably on ebay, where he may well be the customer who is buying up all the stock) and then trying to flog the whisky here. He cites the high prices paid on ebay as proof of the whisky's long term investment potential, but since he is the one who is paying all these high prices it makes one wonder...

He has no interest in whisky - he is just here (by his own admission) to make a fast buck.


For those who havent been following the progess of the topic that has now been locked due to Nicks constant personal insults and abuse (big man eh!) i have bought various bottles from this years Feis 2008. I went to the festival because my mate whos girl is pregnant to buy bottles for him and his collection. I also bought a stock for my own collection.

Now, all i have done is sell a few bottles in order to cover my travelling costs. I dont see the big deal in it, the trip cost me over £300 just to get and stay on Islay.

Nick Brown is so narrow minded he cannot accept the fact some of us got hold of the Queen of the South ltd HP that was brought out. He didnt get one and is now VERY VERY bitter to say the least. So, even though i havent sold any on ebay, he is trying to belittle the sale of those who have put their bottles on ebay. Why? Because he thinks if he does, one will appear cheap enough and he will get his grubby paws on it. Sad really.

So, thats the real version of the story and just to highlight the point, i sold a bottle of Bowmore 8 Year old that i picked up at the Feis to a collector on this forum this very morning for the price i paid. No inflated price, just what i paid.

Does that sound like a dishonest piece of untrustworthy scum which is just some of the insults i received yesterday?

I will let you all decide for yourself....................

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:36 pm

This might help people decide - lifted from the locked thread:

Feisislay wrote:You are correct in your statement that i am not a collector and i am merely here to make a quick buck. That is why i personally have SEVEN (yes 7) bottle of the Queen of the South.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:42 pm

Nick Brown wrote:This might help people decide - lifted from the locked thread:

Feisislay wrote:You are correct in your statement that i am not a collector and i am merely here to make a quick buck. That is why i personally have SEVEN (yes 7) bottle of the Queen of the South.


What can i say, i love QOS and Highland Park!

Now come on Nick, just tell everyone you have a bee in your bonney cos you didnt get one and be done with it!!

:mrgreen:

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Calliope » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:07 pm

FeisIslay wrote:...Does that sound like a dishonest piece of untrustworthy scum which is just some of the insults i received yesterday?

I think you'd be surprised to discover just how much it does.

I can't think of what objective other than money could have you continuing to post. There might be other non-drinkers here, but there can hardly be non-readers. We know what is going on.

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:26 pm

Calliope wrote:
FeisIslay wrote:...Does that sound like a dishonest piece of untrustworthy scum which is just some of the insults i received yesterday?

I think you'd be surprised to discover just how much it does.

I can't think of what objective other than money could have you continuing to post. There might be other non-drinkers here, but there can hardly be non-readers. We know what is going on.


You must have an IQ bigger than Nicks then because that was a very intellectual post you have put on there! Well done!!

I really cant see how selling a bottle to another collector for the same price i paid makes me look like dishonest scum!

Guess im missing something. Lol!!

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Re: Feis Ile 2008

Postby woodhill » Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:55 pm

Can we please keep all the arguing to one thread please it is getting tedious!


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