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May. 27.

FEIS ILE ~ BRUICHLADDICH

SUNSHINE, DRAMS, SUNSHINE, DRAMS, MUSIC, SUNSHINE, WHISKY FOR GIRLS, SUNSHINE, MASTERCLASSES, SUNSHINE………….

SOME PHOTOS FOR YOU ~  FULL POST TOMORROW ~ PARTY IS STILL GOING……….!!

 STARLA PHELPS ~ PORSCHE RACING CAR DRIVER & IT’S NOT JUST WHISKY FOR GIRLS CLUB MEMBER

  THE PROGRESSIVE HEBRIDEAN DISTILLERS PARTY………

 SAMPLING THE DRAMS………………………

 WHISKY FOR GIRLS HOST RACHEL MACNEILL WITH ZACH CHEN, ENGINEER FROM TAIWAN ~ HE IS AN ALCHEMIST WHO IS GOING TO CREATE EVEN MORE MAGICAL STILLS FOR THE INDUSTRY………..

 Whisky for Girls sold our first ever handcrafted silver charm bracelet to the lovely Sonia from Wuerzburg in Germany.

Our bracelet is handmade by Heather Scott from Hide & Seek Art Glass and silversmith Charlotte Hannett, both from Islay. Orders to buy the bracelet can be placed by emailing rachel@wildandmagicislay.com

 THE FESTIVAL DRAM FROM BRUICHLADDICH ~ 20year old heaven,

FAVOURITE DRAM OF THE DAY ~ PC10 IN JIM MCEWAN’S MASTERCLASS ~ new dram; salty not so peaty, warm, lingering…………. ……….. and like the party ~ LONGLASTING!

Ewald Baron  from Munich on Bruichladdich open day; ‘ Gaelic sounds and whisky, it was a perfect day.’

THANKS TO HOST JIM MCEWAN & TEAM  BRUICHLADDICH ~ IT WAS/IS A GREAT DAY…………..

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May. 26.

FEIS ILE ~ LAGAVULIN

LAGAVULIN DISTILLERY OPEN DAY ~ SATURDAY 26th MAY 2012

What can we say? ~ drams sunshine, sunshine, whisky cocktails, sunshine, drams, music, star anise shortbread, interesting people, drams, did we say sunshine……….??

Queing for the festival bottle was a festival experience in itself today ~ the piper played, the sun shone and the time passed happily……. 

Whisky for Girls met lots of interesting people in the queue, we spoke with Anne Smith and her husband Philip from England. Anne told me she only really drinks whisky on holiday and then only Islay whiskies. I asked Philip what was his favourite dram ~ it depends on his mood, he told me, there are also winter drams and summer drams.

This is an answer I heard through out the day. When I ask people what is their favourite dram, they answer that the whisky they want to drink depends on the mood they are in.

After about 2 hours in the queue Whisky for Girls reached the reception centre and purchased that ever special Festival Bottle ~

 When we went to the car to stow the bottle we noticed a row of mobile homes lined up in the car park, there was also a tent! People had camped out over night to ensure a good place in the queue. Further investigating led us to meet Sonia Fuchs from Germany. She had the right idea……………………

 Sonia had come with her family as part of a 100 years birthday celebration ~ she was 60 years and her son was 40 years, and they had all travelled to Islay for the Whisky Festival! It was her first time in Islay and her first time in Scotland. Previously Sonia had preferred a Speyside malt, but already she was starting to enjoy the Islay Malts.

Sonia started drinking whisky two years ago when her son opened a whisky shop in Wuerzberg www.scotlands-glory.de  ~ and was happy to join our ITS NOT JUST WHISKY FOR GIRLS CLUB http://www.whiskyforgirls.com/its-not-just-whisky-for-girls-club/

 Whisky for Girls and  Heather Belle from Hide & Seek Art Glass next headed off to sample some of the smashing whisky cocktails mixed up by the delectable Alessandro Palazzi from Dukes Hotel in Londonshire.

Alessandro was ably assisted by Colin from Diageo and  we were given a taste of a ‘Restless Negroni’ and a ‘Mill in Manhattan’ ~  the Islay versions of the classic Manhattan and Negroni cocktails.

 After sampling these delicious cocktails Whisky for Girls spotted a guy wearing a bizarre T shirt ~ ‘Eat the Rich’ it said

We asked him who he was and where he came from. His name was Pierre and his friend was called Julien. They work for CashVin in France. They first tasted whisky 3 years ago and now they work in the whisky section of a wine company.

 Georgie Crawford, Manager of Lagavulin hardly saw daylight as she took at least four masterclasses over the course of the day ~ however she did manage to come to the courtyard at 3pm to announce the raffle.

 Three of the usual suspects are climbing the three highest peaks in the UK in the next three days! Gavin Campbell, Ali MacNeill and Alan Campbell are raising money for an Islay charity are will do the Three Peaks Challenge and be back at work by Thursday. The raffle was to raise funds for the charity. They will be driven from peak to peak by Neil MacGill.

Details of their adventures can be seen on the boys facebook pages. Please contact one of the boys if you wish to donate.

 To quell our disappointment at not winning one of the raffle prizes Whisky for Girls decided to sample one of the best drams of the day ~ the free ones from the filling store! As the creamy golden liquid of the Lagavulin double matured Distillers Edition sparkled in the glass I thought ~ Whisky really IS liquid sunshine.

Slainte!

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May. 19.

WHISKY FOR GIRLS SONG

Whisky for Girls have had a song written specially for us.

The very talented singer songwriter Pauline Bradley https://www.facebook.com/Pozzyb 

 

has written a song for us called Whisky for the Girls

It is sung to the tune of Whiskey in the Jar ~ and it is great!

It tells the story of a girl meeting Captain Flannel and he takes her to a party,  but he is a bit salacious,  and  there is no whisky, so she leaves.

She travels further and meets a guy who takes her to an ale house but still no use as there is no whisky, so she leaves.

She then sees a woman standing like an angel with a glass of whisky, or is she a rebel?

So, she follows her and goes to a brilliant party where they are laughing and dancing and drinking whisky.

And they sing ~ It’s Whisky for the Girls!

Pauline came to Islay for a couple of days this week, had a tour round the distilleries and sampled a few choice drams.

She played music where ever she went. We had a wonderful time.

Whisky for Girls and Pauline intend to record the song ~  perhaps with a couple of skirls of the pipes thrown in for good measure.

The song will be available on cd and as an internet down load.

 We will keep you posted as to when it will be available to purchase.

Whisky for Girls thank Pauline Bradley very much for writing this wonderful song for us ~ and more importantly;  becoming our friend.

We will be singing this song for years to come ~ in Islay and all over the world!

 Myself and Pauline toasting the song @ Bruichladdich Distillery. Notice the piece of paper on the table near Pauline’s hand?  ~ That is the very special song sheet!

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Apr. 23.

Women @ the whiskylounge London Whisky Fest

WHISKY FOR GIRLS ~ DRAMING FOR THE DISCERNING

Whisky for Girls enjoyed our time at the London Whisky Fest. We met lots of great people  and drank lots of great drams.

I was on a Women & Whisky panel with the wide eyed expert from Jameson, Dierdra McBeth,  the power keg  Helen Stewart from Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the workshop was hosted by the elegant Alwynne Gwilt from Miss Whisky.

Before the panel began I wandered around the hall speaking with some of the women who had come along to the festival itself.

Whisky for Girls wanted to know more about the London ladies whisky demographic! 

First off I met with Melanie and Mona, both from London. 

Mona is on the left.  

I asked them if they had tried whisky before.

~ Yes, both were whisky drinkers. Melanie had been introduced to whisky by her father and Mona was introduced by her friends – namely Melanie!  Mona has been drinking whisky for about 3/4 years. She likes a Jameson with ginger ale, or ice and water. Melanie has been drinking whisky for ages and likes Chivas Regal for everyday and Laphroaig for special occasions!

How impressive that the first women I spoke with were so knowledgeable about, and drinkers of, the uisge beatha! 

Next off I spotted a glamorous group of four friends in the corner. They were like the girls from Sex and the City!

 From the left the girls are ~ Ameera, Melanie, Mary Ann and Christolene. They were mostly beginners, but Melanie has some experience of whisky because her Dad drinks it ( there is a theme here somewhere….)

For Mary Ann it was her first experience and Christolene described herself as a novice. They had come along as the festival had been on a special deal offer and they thought it would be a good day out, something new to try.

I told them I was on the Women and Whisky panel running later in the day, and that  I had a lovely bottle of deep rose coloured whisky called Black Art with me ~ and lo and behold Ameera and Melanie turned up at the workshop to try it! It was lovely to see them. Also, the lovely partner of the London Distillery Co. turned up. Thanks girls, I hope you enjoyed the drams we showcased  (which were Redbreast from Jameson, Black Art from Bruichladdich and Audrey Hepburn in a ball gown from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

Next along I met a wonderfully unusual lady called Kate Dicey. SHE had dragged her partner/husband Alan to the event ~  not that he was complaining!

Kate Dicey lives in Kent but has Scottish blood. She is from a Scottish family.

She has been drinking whisky for forty years ~ an inspiration to us all!! She drinks whisky at home and away, prefers the grain over the grape and her favourite dram is a Caol Ila cask strength 25 years.

And she runs a wonderful costume making business for amazing hats, bridal wear, historical & fantasy clothing,  and it’s called Jolly Dicey.

Here is the link     www.jollydicey.co.uk  

The business tagline is  Costumiers to the Discerning ~ 

I’ve decided to paraphrase it,  and call Whisky for Girls ~ Draming for the Discerning!

Slainte to all the amazing ladies who turned up for the event. I wish I had time to have spoken with everyone ~ but I think time in London goes faster than time in Islay.

Never mind, we will see you at the next whisky festival ~ where ever it is.

After all it’s WHISKY FOR GIRLS ~ DRAMING FOR THE DISCERNING!!!

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Apr. 14.

Whisky for Girls @ London Whisky Festival

Whisky for Girls are heading to London.  Alywnne Gwilt of www.misswhisky.com invited me and 5 other whisky girls  to talk about our interest in whisky, our place in the industry, and to present a dram  at a Whisky and Women Workshop.

Whisky for Girls leave Islay on Thursday 19 April to be at the Royal Horticultural Halls near Victoria for 6 pm on Saturday. The London Whisky Festival is being organised by The Whisky Lounge http://www.thewhiskylounge.com/book-now/whisky-lounge-fest-london-2012-4/

Whisky for Girls will talk about, and do a tasting with Jim McEwan’s Black Art 3rd Edition.

I went down to Bruichladdich on Thursday of last week.  Jim and Duncan (General Manager), Mary and Julie and all the staff were so helpful and kind. 

Jim McEwan told me too many stories to fit into the presentation time I have. Mary and Julie told me all they know about Black Art ~ which is not all that much as McEwan keeps his black art secrets very close to his chest ~ not even his wife Barbara has been able to inveigle the secrets from him!

Away back in the day, all whisky making was regarded as a black art! It still is ~ it is magic. How elements of earth, air, fire and water can combine to create something more than the sum of their parts is magical. In the olden days when all the farms had a distillery, a still at least, the ancient art of distilling was a closely guarded secret.  The ‘guager’ ~ the excise man was on a mission to stop the creation of  barley spirit, unless it was in a way, and to a formulae that  ‘the powers that be’  deemed acceptable.  No one should be meddling with spiritual creation unless they were ‘authorised’. Who deemed themselves in a position to bestow this authority was a matter for dispute. Luckily, the spirit from the stills became stronger than the spirit of repression.

I chose to present Black Art at the festival, as oppose to many of the other wonderful Islay Malts, as I felt the name of the dram and the magical aura surrounding the expression went well with the atmosphere of  my Wild and Magic Islay travel company ~ of which Whisky for Girls is part   www.wildandmagicislay.com

Wild and Magic Islay travel company bring people to Islay to share the magic of the island, to allow them to experience for a short time, a different way of  being in the world.

It is a magical, spiritual experience being out in nature, being part of the elements.  The people who experience a dram of Black Art at the London Whisky Festival will feel a tingle of that magic.

Jim McEwan won’t reveal the secrets of his Black Art, but Whisky for Girls believe that the special few who come along to this workshop will be able to start unravelling  the secrets of this, and many other magical malts for themselves.

Black Art 1989 ~ 3 rd Edition 22 years old, MAGIC IN A GLASS

 

 Women and Whisky Workshop @ Whisky Lounge London Whisky Festival on Saturday 21 April at 6pm ~ Come along