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Mar. 07.

WHISKY AS MEDICINE in the Realm of Women

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WHISKY AS MEDICINE in the realm of women
For cleaning wounds
For removing ticks
Hot toddie for cold
For toothache
In baby’s milk to soothe
To warm one up
For shock
Mum used to give me whisky in my coffee after walking the dog on a winters morning.
Consumption of distilled spirits gradually lost its association with spiritual symbolism and medical treatment and instead became a public health issue as abuse of spirits (often of dubious quality) became rampant.
Nevertheless, reverence for fine spirits has endured as a testament to their ancient origins and mysterious powers.
Whisky as medicine # Laphroaig as medicine ~ natural soporific ~ my Grandmother always had dram at night.
Connection to baptism by fire. Gnostic Christian Cults. Spirits could preserve human flesh – seemed to confirm notion that they could confer long life and immortality when drunk.

Slàinte!

We use the phrase Slàinte Mhath! (Good Health) when we toast each other with a dram. Charles MacLean tells that one does not use the toast Slàinte Mhath! unless one is drinking sprit. It is too powerful for association with beer. Or lesser alcohols.

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Whisky For Girls ~ washbacks to slingbacks 009
Jul. 21.

Whisky for Girls Presents ~ Girls for Whisky

Women in Whisky  are standing on the shoulders of giants ~  Emily Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett, Bessie Williamson, Sheila Burtles, to name but a few.

We owe a great debt to these forward thinking independent women. Emily Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett for fighting for our rights as women, Bessie Williamson for leading the way for women in distillery management, being one of the first, if not the first, woman distillery manager. She was manager, then in 1954 became owner of Laphroaig Distillery. Sheila Burtles is one of the pioneers who created the whisky flavour wheel ~ without which concept we would struggle to decipher or describe the notes in our lovely drams.

Today, Whisky for Girls would like to introduce some of the amazing women who continue this pioneering tradition and are working in and around the whisky industry, opening up a traditionally male dominated arena for the benefit of all.

 Without further ado I present……………………………

KELLY CARPENTER

 JOINT FOUNDER OF THE CANADIAN SCOTCH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY.    http://www.smws.ca/

 Where do you live?    Calgary, Canada

What do you do?    My husband and I are the founders of the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Where did your interest in whisky come from?    I grew up around whisky as both my parents enjoyed it.

How long have you been drinking whisky?    I dabbled in it in University, and always kept a bottle or two around, but it was when Rob and I moved to Scotland for a year in 2004 that my interest and passion really started to take off.

What was your first dram/last/next dram?   First dram:  probaby a Chivas as that was what the folks drank.  Last dram:  last night, one of my favourite Society bottlings from a few years back, 33.70 “Keith Richards meets Socrates”.  Next dram:  probably another fabulous Society dram, but which one depends on my mood, the weather, the time of day… 

Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?    In the next 10 years – I’d like to say early retirement, but realistically we hope to be running a well-established, successful branch of The SMWS and enjoying all the fun things that come with that, like traveling, hosting tastings and meeting great people who love whisky!

When are you coming to see us in Islay?    I’ve been to Islay twice – it’s such a neat place!  We’ll be in Scotland at the end of August but sadly a trip to Islay isn’t in the cards this time.  

What can the industry do to improve things for women?    If you mean in terms of getting more women interested in whisky, there’s already been a real shift in the demographics of who’s drinking whisky now. I see it all the time at tastings and festivals we attend where young, curious women are keen to learn about whisky, perhaps because their husbands/boyfriends/fathers/brothers drink it. It’s encouraging!  Within the industry, we’re seeing more and more women in significant roles like “distillery manager” and “master blender” which were traditionally held by men.  Social media is also playing a part as people like yourself and others share their thoughts through Twitter, Facebook, websites/blogs, etc.  Anything that women in the industry can do to alleviate some of the intimidation is key for women who are just starting to learn about whisky!

I think marketing and packaging play a big part too.  My husband always teases me because I will often buy wine based on the label design without too much concern for the contents (needless to say, that’s backfired on me more than a few times).  But the point is that women are highly visual creatures and certain brands are realizing that the shape of the bottle, for example, can attract curious new buyers.  When Glenmorangie redesigned their bottles a few years ago, they made them much more feminine-looking; almost reminiscent of a perfume bottle.  Women respond to that.  I’m encouraged by the number of women I see showing interest in whisky and I’m sure the trend will continue.
 
What’s next?    What’s next?  A dram, of course!  : )
 
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PENNY ELLIS

 DIRECTOR OF THE SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL    http://www.spiritofspeyside.com/

 Where do you live?  I live in Speyside in a small village close to the town of Forres.

What do you do?    My main role is owning and managing with my husband Knockomie Hotel in Forres. We are a small 15 bedroom Inn with a large selection of single malts and blended whiskies stocked in the Malt Library. Being located in the beautiful Speyside region we have over 20 distilleries close by. Many are open to visitors and have great visitor centres, that attract tourists and whisky enthusiasts from all over the world. I also a Director of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. The festival attracts visitors from as far away as Canada, Japan and India as well visitors from Europe and the United Kingdom. I also write a monthly Whisky Column for the Scots Magazine.

Where did your interest in whisky come from?   Having known Gavin, my husband, for over 25  years whisky has always featured in celebrations, and over the years through working for two whisky companies and also selling it at Knockomie, I have developed an interest in the ‘water of life’. 

 How long have you been drinking whisky?     I have been drinking whisky since my early twenties. When you are living in Edinburgh, it soon becomes apparent that when you are socialising with friends the subject of whisky comes up and everyone has an opinion!

What was your first dram/last/next dram?   My first dram was at Hogmanay one year and it was a Bell’s blended whisky. My last dram was a Glenlivet Nadurra, a stunning example of a Speyside Single malt.Nadurra is Gaelic for natural, and this cask strength 16 year old is matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks, it has a soft fragrant and floral nose with a gentle toffee sweetness and creamy palate, this will be a favourite of mine. For my next whisky, I would like to try Laphroaig Triple Wood, it looks very interesting and so it shall look forward to savouring a dram of it.

Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?   Over the next 10 years I would like to develop my enthusiasm and passion for whisky further, writing more about. I have written a book, published this year called Distinguished Distilleries, it’s aimed at the whisky enthusiast or  tourist and takes you around Scotland giving a short insight in to 40 different distilleries. I would also like to introduce more women to whisky and offer more bespoke tastings aimed at women.

When are you coming to see us in Islay?    I very much hope to visit Islay this Autumn.

What can the industry do to improve things for women?   I think the industry is working hard to capture the female market and there are a number of brand ambassadors who are women and who are actively promoting and introducing women to whisky. Let’s all just keep up the good work!

What’s next?   For me, I will continue to run Knockomie and wherever I can I will learn more about our national drink and promote it to new and existing enthusiasts. I am intending to speak and do a whisky tasting at a Whisky Club in the North West of England, I hope this will be the first of many.

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 FEMKE TIJTSMA SIJTSMA 

 WHISKYGIRL    http://whiskygirl.nl/

 Where do you live?    The Netherlands in a small town in the north ,called Hallum. Here it’s famous for it’s cookies and rusk.

What do you do?   I run an online administration office in combination with cloud tools. My partner has his own company which I make part of.  My job is to take care of the administration and the marketing.

Where did your interest in whisky come from?    When I was 18, I fell in love with whisky.  I was staying at a friends place, He just returned from Scotland, and he brought some bottles home with him. We had a nice evening, chatting about his journey and there came the glass of whisky. As you may know, I’m curious, than and now.  From the first sip of the golden drink I was hooked. There was something that a seed has been planted and something was growing… a grow of whisky interest. I never tasted anything like it. All I know is, that this particular whisky came from scotland.

How long have you been drinking whisky?    Since I was 18. I’m 33 now… so around 15 years. The interest in whisky has never left me. But since a few years, the interest became bigger. I visit the Whisky Festival in Leiden ( now Den Haag) and I was amazed about the range of whisky,  I tasted whisky, where I didn’t knew  the existence. I met someone who  had a stand there. He told me about a whiskyforum.(hetwhiskyforum.nl) and there was an need of woman :-)…  My whisky interest has been pulled into an new dimension. When I got home, I went to the website and became a member. I’ve met a lot of interesting  people.

What was your first dram/last/next dram?   I can’t remember my first one, unfortunately  …. All I know it was fantastic and never tasted anything like it again. Maybe thats the drive to go on this whisky adventure. My last one was at the North Sea Jazz festival. I had the Highland park 12 yr at the Famous Grouse Bar. And my next? Visit my website….

Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?    I hope my website and my name is known everywhere. When you say whiskygirl, no explanation is needed. Within a year or two I’d like to be part of a Whisky Festival.  Sometimes I’m joking about having my own whisky distillery and launching my own whisky… you never know. I’m working on a business plan. I’ve got lot’s of ideas for the next 10 years.

When are you coming to see us in Islay?     Between now and a year, I hope…. I’m planning a trip, but that takes time.

 What can the industry do to improve things for women?   Playing with the design of the bottles.  Other free things to go with it..  not only “man things”. We woman are upcoming in the whisky market.  And we’d like it a little bit different than most man.  I’m not saying, it has to be pink. But more sweet, sexy and smooth. Make room for a new image, to attract more woman. Now we haven’t got a very nice image…just picture google on Whisky and woman….  It’s a shame. For example. Just look at the washing advertising on tv. Where are all the men who are washing their clothes. Slowly there is a change in this image. So also in the whisky and women combination. 

What’s next?    Just keep an eye on whiskygirl. I may surprise you 

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ALWYNNE GWILT

 MISS WHISKY     http://misswhisky.com/                   Photo: imageRevolver

Where do you live?   London, England

What do you do?   Freelance Journalist and Blogger

Where did your interest in whisky come from?   I went to a tasting about four and a half years ago at a small whisky shop called Milroys in London. I thought I hated whisky as I’d had bad experiences when I was younger with horrid cheap blends, but that night my eyes were opened to the beauty of single malts.

How long have you been drinking whisky?   Since February 2008! A well-remembered evening!

What was your first dram/last/next dram?   Unfortunately, I don’t remember my first dram. My last was a secret one from Islay which I don’t know the name of as I am a judge in some whisky awards, so they don’t label the drams. My next one will almost certainly be another random Islay whisky – I’ve still got 23 to go!

Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?    I hope to keep exploring the world of whisky, learning about new countries emerging onto the whisky scene and furthering the fact that us ladies enjoy a dram as much as the fellas do! But 10 years? Gosh, that’s a while yet. I’ve only been drinking it for less than five, so I can only hope to double my exposure in that time. Fingers crossed!

When are you coming to see us in Islay?   Oooo good question! I hope to get up there this autumn (maybe September?) if I can as I’ve still only driven through rather than properly visited Islay so it’s a big one on my list!

What can the industry do to improve things for women?    That’s a tricky one. I know so many amazing women who work in this industry who really love what they do and don’t see any difference between how they are treated and how the men are. Yes, there are loads more men working in the whisky world, but I think that is slowly changing. On the note of women who drink whisky and maybe trying to get more into it – I think that will only develop over time. The whisky world is a slow moving one but we’re seeing huge step changes in how it’s marketed and advertised and I think that will only increase the number of females, and younger (ie: below 35-year-olds) who drink drams.

What’s next?   I hope to just keep encouraging more people to discover whisky, whether female, male, young or old. I’m constantly doing this in my inner circles of friends and family, but hope Miss Whisky (my website) will encourage more women to get into it. Equally, I love hearing people’s stories, especially those of the women in the industry, and can’t wait to keep sharing those with the wider audience.

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AMANDA LUDLOW

 

CO FOUNDER OF THE WHISKY LOUNGE    http://www.thewhiskylounge.com/

 Where do you live?    York

What do you do?    I organise Festival side of The Whisky Lounge and I am the Commercial Director of The Great Whisky Company which specialises in distributing interesting Whiskies to the on and off trade exclusively and our first client is Berry Brothers and Rudd

Where did your interest in whisky come from?   My Daddy and my husband

How long have you been drinking whisky?    6 months

What was your first dram/last/next dram?    Bushmills Black Bush, Jameson’s Select Reserve and Berry Brother 1980 Coal Ila

Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?    More drinking of mine malts in small amounts, more learning and converting others to do the same

When are you coming to see us in Islay?    Hopefully at the end of July start of August

 What can the industry do to improve things for women?    the industry is welcoming from my point of view I think we need to educate women to the beauty of whisky if we succeed in doing that they will be joining the industry in droves

What’s next ?   Right now organising the TWL Liverpool Manchester and 10th Anniversary Festival in York 13th October.  Planning for 2013 with TWL Festivals in France 2013 and Belfast 2013, possibly a new distillery project, plus 2 new clients for The Great Whisky Company in the Autumn all fingers crossed.

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ALLISON PATEL

 OWNER AT LOCAL INFUSIONS AN IMPORT/EXPORT COMPANY http://thewhiskywoman.wordpress.com/

Where do you live?    New York City, USA

What do you do?   I run my own spirits import/export company, Local Infusions, where I focus on independent craft producers.  I search the globe for unique, hand-crafted products, focusing mostly on whiskies produced in non-traditional countries and manage my blog. I am also preparing to launch my own whisky, Brenne, a French Single Malt that’s been finished in Cognac casks. When I first met with this 3rd generation Cognac distiller 2 years ago, I learned that he was making whisky as a side project.  He had no interest in marketing and selling it so I set up a partnership with him and offered to create the brand around this beautiful whisky and handle all of the sales if he continues to make it. There is nothing like it on the market and I can honestly say it is the most approachable whisky I have ever tasted.  I’m so excited to be launching it in NYC first this Fall!

Where did your interest in whisky come from?   My husband!  Every night after dinner he would relax with a good single malt.  I didn’t think I liked whisky so I tried everything else looking for my own night cap.  Then one night we were in lower Manhattan at a bar called Vintry Wine & Whisky and having just returned from South Korea, he had a new-found love for Japanese whiskies.  He ordered a Yamazaki 18yr, I took the first sip and never gave him back his glass!  I was hooked and never looked back.

How long have you been drinking whisky?    Since the Summer of 2008

What was your first dram/last/next dram?   First was Yamazaki 18, Last was Mackmyra Special 07, Next … something later on tonight!

 Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?    Hopefully still running my company.  I’d like to be able to look back and see an integration of craft whiskies all around the world.  I know there is a supply & demand issue and one of the appeals of “craft” is that it’s limitedly produced – but I don’t think every product needs to be in every market.  However, I do believe that every country has pockets of consumers who are passionate about whisky, eager to learn, experience & share and I’d like to be one of the people that can help bring these amazing, global craft whiskies to them. 

When are you coming to see us in Islay?    Does tomorrow work? 😉

What can the industry do to improve things for women?   Not separate us from the men.  I think whisky separates the boys from the men, but not the women from the men! 😉 It doesn’t matter to me if your male, female or somewhere inbetween; if you enjoy your brown spirits, then that’s what it’s all about!  Don’t “dumb it down” or start putting rainbows and glitter on your labels to try to attract more female consumers.  Just focus on making something that tastes great. Period.

What’s next?   Launching Brenne!

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 MYSELF! ~ RACHEL MACNEILL

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OWNER OF WHISKY FOR GIRLS & WILD AND MAGIC ISLAY TRAVEL CO http://www.whiskyforgirls.com/home/

Where do you live?    Isle of Islay, Scotland

What do you do?    I run Whisky for Girls company which  started just for fun, as a joke really, as a way to introduce my friends and other women to whisky,  and like all great jokes it took on a life of it’s own. Whisky for Girls integrates people,  drams, the process, the elements and the humour and graft and shows it to people and acts as a bridge between just whisky focussed things and peoples lives.  Whisky for Girls has whisky tours to Islay for women and men,  Slow Dram Whisky Tasting, and is developing an online whisky club. I also have Wild and Magic Islay travel co., Wild and Magic Islay Apparel and Whisky for Girls Jewellery.

Where did your interest in whisky come from?  When I was teenage we used to go into the distillery at night after a dance and visit the boys on night shift. We would have a cup of the wash to warm us up, or a drop of something stronger! and I would make them take me round (and then round again) the distillery explaining everything to me.

How long have you been drinking whisky? Since I was a teenager

What was your first dram/last/next dram?    First dram was probably a White Horse, the blend from Lagavulin which was in it’s hay day away back then. Last dram was a Laphroaig 10 year old found in the back of my kitchen cupboard the other night in a honey jar! and next dram is probably going to be a Kilchoman 100% Islay

Where do you see yourself going in relation to whisky in next 10 years?   I want to learn lots more about maturation and blending. I find it so fascinating. I want to learn all this stuff then write about it in an accessible way for women (and men) so to demistify whisky, but by doing so one actually really appreciates the natural magic of it all.

What can the industry do to improve things for women?   More images of women and whisky in the media. Less guff about golf (for example) and exclusive clubs, don’t just advertise your stuff in whisky magazines, take it to the mainstream,  less big secret talk using words that sounds cool and are not explained to the less knowledgeable  to maintain a feeling of power in the talker! Making whisky connected to everyday things and stuff that people do ~ music, books, food, dance, sport, talking, poetry, parties.  Less guff about tasting and more about drinking with friends. Remembering that the drink comes from the elements and everyone is connected to the elements, so all people can connect with and drink whisky. Get whisky into spas and beauty parlours and bridal shops…… (maybe not hairdressers, though) it’s endless!

What’s next? I’m writing a whisky book which I hope will be ready next year ~ but I’m not exactly speedy so we will see.  I want to develop Slow Dram Whisky Tasting (very appropriate….) and go out and do tastings for people all over the world. I want to bring more women (and men) to Islay and take them round the distilleries. I think it’s great for people to see the dram being made and to taste it in the distillery. I made whisky at Bruichladdich and I signed the log book in the still house ~ it was a great feeling!

 

 

THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL WOMEN WHO TOOK PART IN THIS ARTICLE ~ YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION, AND AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO DRINK WHISKY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul. 04.

WHISKY & MUSIC PAIRING

Whisky and music pairing is not a new thing, it’s not even an old thing. It is just part of life. Never would drams be taken without eventually someone giving us a song, or a tune on the box, or the fiddle, or the pipes.

The drams and the music would flow into each other. People would become emboldened,  those who were normally shy to sing wouldn’t be quiet. ‘One singer, one song!’ is often heard. Half forgotten snatches of  tunes are remembered and played. The piper evens out everyone’s mind with sonorous piobaireachd.

A more natural, harmonious time would be hard to find.

And, yesterday, in the dining room of the Islay Hotel, Port Ellen was no exception ~ except it was; it was a bit different.

Martine Nouet, Angus Ramsay and Cantilena musicians had put together a more formal pairing of Whisky and Music.

We tasted 4 delicious Islay drams and Angus and the Cantalena musicians played  pieces of music chosen specifically to match the drams.

DRAMS                                                                                                                     

MUSIC                                                                 

Bruichladdich 16 year old with a Sauternes finish 46%                   

Bach Concerto in D Minor (1stmvt)

Bunnahabhain 18 year old (old version) 43%                                     

 Mozart String Quartet (slow mvt)

Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 1994 (PX) 43%                                         

Bach Brandeburg Concerto No5 (1stmvt)

Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1%                                                                     

Vivaldi Flute Concerto

 Martine talked us through each individual dram, describing the whiskies in a relaxed and very informative way.

The Bruichladdich was the ‘Spring’ dram.  Bright pale gold with lemony shades in the colour. Fresh, ripe. The nose and the palate balance perfectly. This means the taste delivers what the smell of the dram promises. This is non chill filtered, with no caramel. Bruichladdich do not add caramel to colour their whisky. This dram has a medium finish. This means it doesn’t linger in your chest for ages after drinking, like for example, the Lagavulin does.  The mouthfeel is satin-like initially with a taffeta feel in the finish. This dram is matured in Bourbon casks then finished in the Sauternes wine French oak. The French oak brings tanins and vanilla and a creaminess to the spirit.  This is a lively, cheery dram, very harmonious. An outside dram.

The music went well with the dram. Being harmonious, light and fresh. The piece was not too long. The structure of the piece resembled the structure of the dram.

The Bunnahabhain was the ‘Winter’ dram.  Rich amber with copper hues in the colour. A mushroomy nose with cloves and orangey notes.  A velvet, rich deep dram. The oak presence underlying is perfectly integrated. The cello provides deep oakey notes in the music. There is a spicey, fruitcake, Christmas cake layer in the taste. This is a comlex, elegant, warming dram. The music is richer, much rounder than the previous piece.

When one listens to music whilst taking a dram one is engaging other senses with which to appreciate the whisky. We can taste with our eyes and ears! The music went very well with the dram. Slow movements with rich, comforting sounds. Very mellow and cosy and sumptuous.

The Lagavulin was the ‘Autumn’ dram.  Lagavulin is a huge,  smokey dram. It has copper hues, autumn hues. The burn of the bonfire can be tasted. This dram is finished for 9 months to 1 year in Herez PX sherry casks. This is the sweetest in the range of sherries ~  thick, syrupy, chocolate, fig and date flavours are found in the dram from the sherry finish.  There is an underlying layering of iodine. A mustiness on the inside of the lips and the front of the tongue. The smoke and phenols (the peaty flavour molecules) are perfectly integrated. This dram has a never ending finish with a lovely balanced smokey aftertaste. This dram reminds me of gold bracelets and mushrooms!

The music went on and on, with a wavey, tinny sound from an electronic keyboard – it sounded like a zither. This was the long lingering smokey aftertaste. The music structurally corresponded with the dram, but for me, didn’t quite match in ‘the heart’ of my ears. The smokey, peaty smell  of the dram is still on my notebook as I write this! Six musicians, six instruments, a lingering never ending finish from both music and dram.

The Ardbeg Corryvreckan was the ‘Summer’ dram.  Gold with apricot shades of colour. Ardbeg is the most peated, the most ‘sooty’ dram of the four.  This dram is a whirl of aromas and flavour ~  like the whirl of the Corrie bhreachan Whirlpool on the North end of Jura, from whence it is named. Martine described this whisky as ‘a tough guy with a tender heart’. There is peat and sweetness and citrus. There is malt and yeast, and a dry, sunny mineral touch. There is a greenness and a grassiness with underlying notes of salt and sand. There is a lot going on in this dram! It is huge at first, then a mellow finish without water. With water, it is like a cradle of wool, a bit custardy on the nose with hints of bubblegum. There are briney notes underlying. This dram bursts with flavours like a wave crashing on a rock.

The Vivaldi matched well with this dram. Energetic and complex. Strong and invigorating with a vibrant character. This is an outside dram.

I really liked the way Martine and Angus worked together to match drams and music. I appreciate the correspondence of structure and feel, and timing, and sounds between the music and the malt.

I think this is an area that could be greatly developed and explored. I wrote on the Whisky for Girls website last year about my intention to explore whisky in this way.  I am very interested in pairing our quality Scottish music with drams. There is no music more classically structured than  piobaireachd.  Piobaireachd can alter and expand ones state of consciousness, as indeed can whisky. Underlying complexities and depth of pattern and flavour available to us in pipe tunes lend themselves perfectly to the structures, harmonies and rythms found in Scotch Malt Whisky ~ after all, they come from the same source.

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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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