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
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.